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Entries in rangers (15)


C.J. Wilson Prepares for Patient Yankees

The First Pitch Strike:
In 2010 C.J. Wilson had a first pitch called strike rate of 45.6%. That puts him in the 67th percentile amongst all MLB pitchers. The league average is 42.3%.

Against the Yankees in 2010 C.J. Wilson had a 51.5% called strike rate. That puts him in the 75th percentile for MLB pitchers facing the Yankees. To be successful against a patient team like the Yankees look to see Wilson focus on getting ahead in the count during Game 1 of the ALCS.  

Second Time Around:
The 2010 Yankees hit Wilson very well the second time through the order. Here is an inning by inning snapshot of the Yankees performance against C.J. Wilson during the 2010 season:

Inning: Plate Appearances / AVG. / SLG%

1st: 8 / .143 / .143
2nd: 9 / .143 / .143
3rd: 12 / .455 / .545
4th: 5 / .200 / .200
5th: 5 / .500 / .750
6th: 3 / .500 / 1.000
7th: no plate appearances
8th: no plate appearances
9th: no plate appearances

Yankeess vs. C.J. Wilson Following the 2nd Inning:
PA: 25
AVG: .409
SLG: .545
WOBA: .470


Cliff's Cutter

During last night's TBS broadcast, Ron Darling commented on how well Cliff Lee had commanded his cutter. Here's a look at the heatmap: Pitch frequency of Cliff Lee's cutter in Game 5 against the Rays (38 pitches).By comparison, here's Game 1: Pitch frequency of Cliff Lee's cutter in Game 1 against the Rays (13 pitches). Interesting note: In Game 1, Cliff Lee threw only one cutter to a lefty. In Game 5, 16 of his 38 cutters were thrown to lefties.

Cliff Lee's Game One

On October 6, Cliff Lee pitched 7 great innings against the Tampa Bay Rays earning the Texas Rangers a win in Game 1 of the ALDS.  He struck out 10, walked 1, and yielded one run on a HR to Ben Zobrist.  He held Rays batters to a .185/.185/.333 line and a .261 wOBA (when factoring in SB/CS weights).

Cliff Lee's Pitch Frequency to Lefties in Game OneCliff Lee's Pitch Frequency to Righties in Game One

 While the numbers indicate that Lee dominated Rays hitters, Tampa Bay did have a few chances to put more runs on the board.  In the first inning, the Rays had the bases loaded with one out before Lee struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning unscathed.  In fact, Lee managed to strike out 5 batters in the 7 PAs in which he faced runners in scoring position.

Rays batters also squared up Lee's fastball fairly well, scattering five line drives throughout the game.  Fortunately for Lee, 4 of those 5 line drives were caught for outs.  In 2010, Lee had a LD% of 16.5%, slightly below his career rate of 19%.  In Game One, those 5 line drives resulted in a LD rate of 24.5%.  Small sample size, of course, but Lee certainly benefited from a slightly lower than average BAbip (.250) in the first game of the series.  Should the Rays hitters manage to cut down on their strike outs in Game 5, a correction in BAbip may result in increased scoring opportunities against Lee.

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