Monday, August 13, 2018

Times Facing Opponent in Game for 2018 Red Sox and Yankees starting pitchers.

Times Facing Opponent in Game for 2018 pitchers 3rd PA in G, as SP. Monday, August 13, 2018, 10:15 AM

Starting pitchers (SP)

For 2018, 3rd PA in G, as SP (within Times Facing Opponent in Game), (requiring GS >= 18), sorted by OPS

91 pitchers met the criteria as of August 12, 2018. Here are the ten best and ten worst: ...

Among the ten best are Red Sox starters (7) Chris Sale and (9) David Price. The other two Red Sox starters: (28) Eduardo Rodriguez and (38) Rick Porcello

Among the ten worst are Yankees starters (84) CC Sabathia and (87) Masahiro Tanaka. The other two Yankees starters: (37) Sonny Gray and (71) Luis Severino.

That suggests that the Red Sox do not need depth in the bullpen nearly as much as the Yankees. More on this in the next post.

The Yankees recently acquired two starting pitchers. Both were ranked among the 91 in the previous post:
25J.A. Happ
41Lance Lynn

Happ: July 26, 2018: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney.

Lynn: July 30, 2018: Traded by the Minnesota Twins with cash to the New York Yankees for Luis Rijo (minors) and Tyler Austin.

This post deals with the starters who have thrown at least 100 innings for the Red Sox or Yankees this season.

Rank among 9137718487
1st PA in G, as SP.743.608.605.638189216198171
2nd PA in G, as SP.871.523.668.626183216196169
3rd PA in G, as SP.708.872.9871.0279316311596
Rank among 91792838
Red SoxSalePriceRodriguezPorcelloSalePriceRodriguezPorcello
1st PA in G, as SP.505.710.641.682207206171216
2nd PA in G, as SP.502.743.667.672205198171215
3rd PA in G, as SP.594.601.684.713139139101169

Tanaka was on the disabled list (DL), so his plate appearances (PA) by batters against him are low. Gray's low PA for "3rd PA in G, as SP" are low because his OPS for 2nd is so high that he gets removed.

Overall, the Red Sox top starters have piled up more PA and with lower OPS. Perhaps most alarming for the Yankees is that their ace, Severino, has such a high OPS for 3rd time through the order.

Obviously, not every starting pitcher has a lot of trouble 3rd time through the order, despite the hysteria we might hear from some media people.

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