The Process Versus Yankees Pitchers | The Process Report

The Process Versus Yankees Pitchers

A.J. Burnett

Stephen Rhoads of the wonderful River Ave Blues site recently looked at Burnett’s approach versus lefties. To date, Burnett is throwing more off-speed stuff to begin at-bats versus lefties. Rhoads noted Burnett’s improved numbers versus lefties and credited to the quality of his offerings, which is an important subplot in the ongoing Burnett saga. Last season, Burnett’s struggles were credited to his inability to locate his curve. Taking away any pitcher’s knockout offering will result in some poor outings, so it’s not too much of a surprise to see Burnett back in form thus far this season.

Ivan Nova

A groundballer, Nova isn’t getting much in the way of whiffs or strikeouts—in fact, his peripherals sort of look like Wade Davis—but it doesn’t help that more than seven percent of his grounders are going for infield hits this season. For a reference point, Chien-Ming Wang’s career infield hit rate is just under six percent—with all of them coming for the Yankees of recent years.

Pitcher Throws LHOPS RHOPS
Mariano Rivera Right .475 .500
Rafael Soriano Right .691 .433
Joba Chamberlain Right .741 .707
David Robertson Right .678 .723
Boone Logan Left .671 .914
Lance Pendleton* Right .833 .387
Buddy Carlyle Right .935 .729

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