Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Junior Varsity
Today marks Andy Pettitte’s 20th regular season start vs. the Mets and it’s Jonathon Niese’s second start vs. the Yankees. Pettitte’s been pretty effective so far, although part of that is buoyed by a .247 BABIP against. He’s also benefitted from a 90.6% strand rate, aka battling. On the other hand, his HR/FB rate of 22.2% should probably come down a bit to help counter any regression in the other areas.
Niese has bumped his strikeout rate up this year, although it’s also come with a higher walk rate. He’s having a solid season and has held opposing lefties to a .161/.242/.200 line, albeit in 34 PA. What I don’t get is why he has such a high ratio of RHB faced compared to LHP (228 PA vs. 34 PA). He’s only faced LHB in 13% of his batters, which is the lowest percentage of any pitcher who’s faced at least two lefties. Hell, Clay Rapada’s faced 27% RHB, which is probably way too many.
The only thing that makes interleague play palatable to me is when the Yankees sweep an interleague series. So go sweep!
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