NYY 6, LA Angels 5

May 31, 2012 – 12:12 pm

Yet another poor outing from the starting pitcher, but the big bats (Grandyman homer, Cano homer, and Ibanez triple) bailed the Yankees out and prevented them from being swept. Pretty incredible that in spite of a 4.82 ERA for the starting rotation and losing their top two relievers, and hitting just .223 with RISP (only Oakland is worse in the AL), the Yankees are only 1.5 games out of first place in the East. Quite frankly, I don’t see much hope for the starting pitching to improve all that much at this point — but hopefully a healthy Robertson will be back in the bullpen soon, and surely the BA/RISP will improve. So overall you do have to be pretty optimistic at this point, no?

As for Nova, who knows what is going on there. I’ve read lots of different analyses, but none that make all that much sense to me. Yeah, he’s giving up a lot of home runs, but it’s not like they are coming on bad pitches that catch too much of the plate. From my simple way of thinking, seems to me that his problem, at least last night, is that he just wasn’t mixing up his pitches, but instead relying too much on his fastball. Of 95 pitches, 71 were fastballs — 75%. Normally he only throws about 54% fastballs. And take the Trumbo home run — all five pitches were fastballs, and in the previous AB both pitches were fastballs. In fact, in the first three innings, 32 of 37 pitches were fastballs (86%), and in the fourth when he gave up four runs, 22 of 26 were fastballs (85%). You just can’t do that at the major league level. I gotta believe the Angel hitters were just sitting fastball and teeing off on it.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 7 0 6 1
Angels 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 0 5 4
WP: I. Nova (6-2)   LP: H. Takahashi (0-2)   S: R. Soriano (6)
HR: NYY – C. Granderson, R. Cano, LAA– M. Trumbo
LOB: NYY 2, LAA 9   RISP: NYY 1-for-4, LAA 1-for-8

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