So much for us always being dominated by some rookies who have never pitched. We are now 3-0 in those games this year.
CC has not looked sharp all year and is fastball at 92 bothers me because his change at 85-87 isn’t enough of a difference for me. I know he dials it up once in awhile but he used to be 94 more consistently and then dialing it up to 97 not 94-95. His command is also an issue but he is a grinder…he just has not been the same this year.
CC has the highest WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) since 2005 (Before he become a stud) and it has gone up this being the 4th year in a row. His OPS at .718 is the highest since 2004. The previous 3 years with us it was consistent at .653, .656 and .666 respectively. The good part is he hasn’t pitched up to his expected level and like most of the Yanks they are underperforming…yet we are only 1.5 games back.
One player, who has been over performing, in limited duty, has been Jason Nix who is now sporting an OPS of .851! He also made nice running catch that Ibanez would not have been able to make. Ibanez, though, is another who has over performed so far. Unfortunately, I don’t expect either of them to keep this up, but maybe we can catch a break and they can continue to contribute!
Outside of Granderson hitting a grand slam after 4 straight walks by their rookie pitcher (and he grooved it), the only other thing that stood out to me was the odd decisions by Girardi at the end of the game. I have said this before, but Rapada should not be used against righties unless you want to hope he gets one righty out in between 2 or 3 lefties. He also needs to pitch frequently to stay sharp. A LOOGY (and many guys) can’t pitch effectively throwing once every 10 or 11 days. Girardi needs to be more heads up about that. Rapada is very tough on lefties and very hittable against righties.