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2 months ago  ::  Aug 23, 2021 - 9:41AM #1
1955nyyfan
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One thing that has been pretty solid for our Yankees this year has been overall pitching. Yes, there have been some BP meltdowns but when you look at overall staff performance against the rest of MLB, it's pretty strong. We are 5th in ERA (3.63), T4th in BA (225), 3rd in WHIP (1.17), 7th in Ks and 11th in HRs allowed.


There was an interesting article recently (I think Pinstripe Alley) that talked about how Yankee pitchers are throwing more sinker balls. That is a pitch I've always liked to combat the way balls fly out of Parks today. IIRC, the great Mel Stottlemyre was a sinker ball pitcher. Anyway, what ever they are doing is working, some credit should go to Matt Blake. 

2 months ago  ::  Aug 23, 2021 - 10:06AM #2
GottaGoToMo
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Now if he can figure out Chapman we will be doubly happy.

2 months ago  ::  Aug 23, 2021 - 10:12AM #3
Paterson
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    Working with Chapman isn't going to be easy. It is hard to teach us old dogs...and it is hard for a one closer to work in a new pitch. It is reported that Chapman is trying to work more sliders this year, but for all of us who remember Mark Wohlers, trying to get guys out with "not your best pitch" can have disastrous results. 

2 months ago  ::  Aug 23, 2021 - 10:37AM #4
1955nyyfan
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I like the sinker but am not advocating it for everyone. Britton, at his best has a devastating sinker but it's not the first pitch I think of for back end pieces. Heat with movement and location still rule the late innings.
2 months ago  ::  Aug 24, 2021 - 5:39PM #5
jimwest
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Aug 23, 2021 -- 10:37AM, 1955nyyfan wrote:

I like the sinker but am not advocating it for everyone. Britton, at his best has a devastating sinker but it's not the first pitch I think of for back end pieces. Heat with movement and location still rule the late innings.



I like pitchers who can throw heavy sinkers, with those low spin rates, with the ball dropping faster. To be regularly effective, the key is it has to appear as a strike almost right to the batter, then drop. That is how they pound them into the dirt.


Britton has become far too erratic, and his sinkers don't look like strikes, they are in the dirt too often at the plate, or off the plate.


Today, flamethrowers who can command the zone are the late innings arms. But sinkerballers can be effective when a DP, or just a grounder, is desired.  

2 months ago  ::  Aug 24, 2021 - 7:02PM #6
BATS
Posts: 242

Aug 23, 2021 -- 9:41AM, 1955nyyfan wrote:


One thing that has been pretty solid for our Yankees this year has been overall pitching. Yes, there have been some BP meltdowns but when you look at overall staff performance against the rest of MLB, it's pretty strong. We are 5th in ERA (3.63), T4th in BA (225), 3rd in WHIP (1.17), 7th in Ks and 11th in HRs allowed.


There was an interesting article recently (I think Pinstripe Alley) that talked about how Yankee pitchers are throwing more sinker balls. That is a pitch I've always liked to combat the way balls fly out of Parks today. IIRC, the great Mel Stottlemyre was a sinker ball pitcher. Anyway, what ever they are doing is working, some credit should go to Matt Blake. 




If am not mistaken (and I usually am not), the increase of offspeed pitches, is what the ANALYTICS is telling the Yankee to throw. I believe this is what Michael Kay said during a broadcast and its mainly because hitters have been gearing for the fastball. One can even say, though I have no proof, that it's the one of the reason Aroldis Chapman developed his "sinker" pitch.....the splitter.  Again,.....this is what the ANALYTICS is suggesting the Yankees staff to throw.


I don't know if Matt Blake gets full credit for that, because throwing a sinker is simply NOT HARD to do. However, throwing a quality sinker is, and I would need more evidence to show that the sinker is truly what is meritting the Yankee pitching staff to rank 5th in ERA.

2 months ago  ::  Aug 26, 2021 - 2:53PM #7
prof. quiz
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Aug 23, 2021 -- 9:41AM, 1955nyyfan wrote:


We are 5th in ERA (3.63), T4th in BA (225), 3rd in WHIP (1.17), 7th in Ks and 11th in HRs allowed.


 



And now that the hits are starting to materialize the Yankees are true contenders.


11 in a row. Who saw that coming?

2 months ago  ::  Aug 26, 2021 - 6:46PM #8
mscamaguey
Posts: 1,271

I member Mark Wohlers. He was great suddenly everything went bad because he could not control his pitches. I will never forget the Three run Homer he served to Jim Leyritz that tied game 6 of the 1996 WS. The Yanks won the trophy. The First WS trophy since 1978. I compare that team to what Today Yanks are trying to achieve. They have come a long way, but still have a lot of winning to do.


I hope Chappy can figure out what he is doing wrong. I hate to think he could be another Wohlers.  I noticed he wears under his uniform a long sleeve t-shirt and he gets drenched by his own perspiration and possibly makes him dehydrated.   

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