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August 01, 2006

Walk This Way

A great stat via The Star-Ledger - with a hat tip to BaseballThinkFactory.org -

The Yankees this year are 25-29 when they draw fewer than four walks in a game. When they draw at least four, they're 36-12. When they get five or more, they're 29-8. And when the opponent walks them at least six times, they're 20-4.

This tells me that the Yankees kill bad pitching and play .500 against good pitching. When you think about facing good pitching in the play-offs, this is concerning. It tends to make me think that the Yankees pitching will be the key to their post-season success.

It would be nice if the Yankees could lock up the A.L. East by September 15th - and not have to burn their good pitchers down to the next-to-last game of the season this year.

Otherwise, 2006 might end up like 2005.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 1, 2006 02:27 PM


What are the comparative stats in this department for the White Sox, Twins, Tigers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Angels, and A's? Because I'd have to assume that most teams fall under the category of ".500 against good pitching and kill bad pitching."

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2006 02:53 PM

You're welcome, Steve. :-)

As for the walks stat, the discussion at BTF has sort of centered on the theme of "Of course a team that draws a lot of walks in a game will probably win. Good pitching teams don't walk a lot of guys."

Which is intuitively true. What is probably most interesting is the number of games the Yanks have drawn more than four walks... 48 out of 102 seems awfully high. But again, I have no comparison for that.

Posted by: SMinDC [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2006 04:09 PM