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Entries in Yankees (14)


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.


Phil Hughes with Two Strikes

Phil Hughes had a little trouble with two strikes against the Rangers' hitters in Game 2 of the ALCS.  He went to two strikes on two lefty batters, walking one and yielding a double to the other.  After two strikes to 10 right handed Rangers, Hughes allowed 4 hits (2 doubles, 1 triple) while striking out 3.

Phil Hughes Contact Rate with 2 Strikes (26 pitches)Phil Hughes In Play Rate with 2 Strikes (26 pitches)The top map shows the contact rate (number of balls in play + fouls / number of swings) against Phil Hughes with two strikes on Saturday.  Too much red there.  The bottom map shows the in play rate (balls put in play / swings).  It seemed as though Hughes was trying to elevate his pitches with two strikes against the Rangers, but they weren't missing.  Just for comparison, here's his 2010 in play map:

Phil Hughes 2010 In Play Rate with 2 Strikes vs. RHB (492 pitches)

Phil Hughes 2010 In Play Rate with 2 Strikes vs. LHB (524 pitches)