Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Yankees Pitchers Have to Hit But Can They?


Thankfully it is just for two games but nonetheless for the next two games, the first coming tonight, the New York Yankees must send their pitchers up to the plate for three or more at bats. Interleague play was nice when it was just for a couple weeks before the All-Star Game but now that it is all season long I am liking it less and less the more I see New York’s pitchers struggle to handle the bat at the plate. This offense is dry enough without adding an automatic out into the mix but I digress.

It is a common conception that the American League pitchers cannot handle the bats but in this era where every stat and almost every action on a baseball diamond is quantifiable we no longer have to give in to common misconceptions. Now we can quantify and check the stats to make up our minds for us and that is what we are doing today as we look at the career batting lines for this series starters Ivan Nova and Nathan Eovaldi.

Nathan Eovaldi:
Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2015 25 NYY 27 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
2016 26 NYY 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
6 Yrs 122 155 6 11 0 0 1 0 4 86 .080 .106 .080 .187 -47
162 Game Avg. 162 206 8 15 0 0 1 0 5 114 .080 .106 .080 .187 -47
Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2011 24 NYY 28 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
2012 25 NYY 28 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 .143 .143 .143 .286 -22
2013 26 NYY 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
2014 27 NYY 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 28 NYY 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 29 NYY 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Yrs 123 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 .071 .071 .071 .143 -61
162 Game Avg. 162 22 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 .071 .071 .071 .143 -61

And since we’re here and quantifying and all here is what the Rockies group of hitters have done against these same two Yankees pitchers throughout their careers.





All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and ESPN.com

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