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  1. Could this be a new approach by CC? Maybe he is pacing himself for a deep playoff run?

    Comment by Marc — August 16, 2010 @ 11:04 am

  2. or pacing himself for all-you-can-eat chicken wings.

    Comment by Dudley — August 16, 2010 @ 11:22 am

  3. Strikesouts are boring. Besides that, they’re facist. CC’s just becoming more democratic, that’s all.

    Comment by Dan In Philly — August 16, 2010 @ 11:52 am

  4. What’s interesting is that he’s actually throwing a greater amount of four-seamers this year than he was last year:

    2009 FF%/FT%: 44.6%/16.9%
    2010 FF%/FT%: 47.8%/16.2%

    On the four-seamer alone, the groundball rate is up from .354 in 2009 to .460 in 2010.

    Comment by Lucas Apostoleris — August 16, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

  5. maybe he is trusting his yankees infield and their gold gloves more than he did Cleveland and Milwaukee. also isn’t he throwing fewer sliders this year as well, so he is trying for grounders rather than the swing and miss? he also seems like he is throwing more strikes and trying to nibble around the corners less, but that’s just observation and not pitch data speaking.

    Comment by phoenix — August 16, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

  6. Given the defense of Rodriguez and Jeter, I’m not sure if trusting the left side of that infield’s a good thing.

    Comment by Raf — August 16, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

  7. Cano’s no wizard either. The only definitivly plus defender there is Tex.

    Comment by Christian — August 16, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

  8. Don’t forget that this is a guy who molded his game based on Tom Glavine’s.

    Comment by CesarV — August 16, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

  9. Could the approach be tailored to pitching in the new YS?

    Comment by claybeez — August 16, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  10. Not really, His FB% isn’t that far off from last year’s (37.3% to 33.3%) he is just inducing less LDs this year. One thing I noticed is that his changeup hasn’t been as dominating this year for whatever reason. My opinion is that he is just getting older.

    Comment by James — August 16, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  11. During an interview last year, CC stated that he was working on getting more grounders so that his career would be prolonged and, thus, he would be more effective for a longer period of time.

    Comment by Jon — August 16, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

  12. How do CC’s groundballs have any effect on his xFIP? Doesn’t xFIP not take into account what happens when the ball is put in play? Other than obviously ground balls can’t be home runs, but his HR/9 is .67 this year after being .70 last year, so that drop is pretty negligible.

    Comment by TonyC — August 16, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  13. Question about double-play rate — what does that stat as defined above tell us? You’ll have very few ground balls on which you get two or more force outs if you don’t let many guys on base.

    Wouldn’t a better definition for double-play rate the percentage of times you get a double play in potential double play situations (runners in position to be forced, fewer than 2 outs)?

    Comment by AJS — August 16, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

  14. RE: CC’s Strikeouts

    Career K/9 = 7.56
    2010 K/9 = 7.40

    This is a non issue. Only CC’s 8.9 K/9 in 2008 stands out more as an outlier and no doubt aided by his time in the National League. CC – more or less – throughout his career has been a pitcher that strikes out about 7.5 per 9…and he’s doing exactly that this season. I don’t know where he earned this uber strikeout label. It’s most likely due to the confirmation bias having watched him blow almost every batter away during his time with the Brewers and his spectacular Cy Young season. No need to get over-alarmed when he doesn’t repeat these numbers.

    Comment by Tank the Frank — August 31, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

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