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Entries in mlb (25)


Too Much Plate

CC Sabathia ran into trouble this post season due to his inability to hit the outside edge of the plate against right-handed batters.  During the regular season, CC worked middle-out against RHB.

CC Sabathia vs. RHB, 2010 regular season.In the post season, his most frequent pitches are down the middle of the plate. 

CC Sabathia vs. RHB, first two starts of 2010 post season. Since righties have less of the plate to cover, they're hitting CC hard.  In the Wednesday afternoon game, watch to see if Sabathia can hit the outside corner as a clue that he's back on track.


Opposite Andy

Andy Pettitte allows more home runs at home than on the road since the new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009. The biggest reason is that right-handed batters can take him deep the opposite way in The Bronx.

Andy Pettitte Home Runs allowed on the road to RHB, 2009-2010.

As you can see, it's rare for right-handed batters to go deep the other way against Andy on the road. At home it's a different matter.

Andy Pettitte home runs at home to RHB, 2009-2010.

If a Rangers hitter goes deep the other way against Pettitte Monday night, you can blame the stadium.


Ryan Howard's Playoff Eye

Ryan Howard is having a strong postseason at the plate. During the regular season Ryan Howard's swing rate for balls outside the strike zone was 31.5%. So far in the 2010 post season Ryan Howard's swing rate for balls outside the strike zone has dropped to 22.2%. As a result he is seeing an average of 4.14 pitches per plate appearance.

All that said, he is still striking out - 9 Ks in 21 plate appearances.

Ryan Howard Post Season Stats (through Sunday October, 17):

PA: 21
Pitches: 87
Avg: .333
OBP: .429
WOBA: .392
Hits: 6
Ks: 9