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  1. Phil Hughes has completely saved the yankees this year, giving us essentially what we were expecting from Bruney.
    25 games, 32.1ip, 20h, 7bb, 42k, 1.39era, .83whip
    Robertson is also starting to contribute in big ways.

    Now if Bruney gets back on track (which it looks like is already happening) the game is now 6 innings long.

    Comment by Tom B — August 14, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

  2. on a side note, is there a way to do positional splits (ie as starter, as reliever for a pitcher) like they have on baseball-reference?

    Comment by Tom B — August 14, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  3. Not on the player page, but there is a way.

    At the top select ‘Teams’.

    Then ‘Individual Teams’.

    Then ‘Pitchers’.

    In the ‘Team’ field select the Yankees, or whichever team.

    At the right you can select ‘All’, ‘Starters’ or ‘Relievers.’ When you select starters it just gives you the stats for each pitcher as a starter and similarly for relievers. You can also choose to look at ‘standard’, ‘advanced’, ‘batted balls’,…

    Comment by Dave Allen — August 14, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

  4. I know performance differs from relief work to starting, but Phil Hughes’ transformation has been tremendous, attacking the strike zone, showing off that pinpoint fastball control that made him a top-tier prospect, not being afraid of giving up the occasional hit and, most importantly, striking guys out while walking no one. Quite a marked difference from what he was last year, or even this year before the 9K game against Baltimore.

    Or maybe Joba and Phil switched places, seeing as Joba seems to be having the same problem Phil had last season, albeit with good enough stuff to get away with it.

    Comment by Joel — August 14, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

  5. the biggest thing i noticed this year is that not only has his pitching matured, but he physically looks like a different person. like he aged 3 years in the offseason.

    the addition and dominance of his cutter is a huge help to him this year as well.

    Comment by Tom B — August 14, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  6. So much for the Yanks having an “awful” bullpen

    Comment by Tom Zig — August 14, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

  7. The bullpen got better when the starters got better. Is that earth-shattering news?

    In April, the bullpen sucked, in large part because Wang didn’t get out of the 4th inning in any of his 1st 3 starts (getting knocked out in the 2nd inning of his 2nd start). That kind of overload would tax the best of bullpens.

    That said, the Yanks have fine tuned the BP. The biggest differnce from earlier in the year is that the relievers are, for the most part, throwing strikes.

    Comment by Sweet Dick Willie — August 14, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

  8. It certainly helped that the Yankees completed parted with several unproductive relievers who were on the opening day roster

    Jose Veras – gone
    Brett Tomko – gone
    Edwar Ramirez – rotting away in the minors
    Damaso Marte – on the “DL” (endlessly… presumably he is inflicted with the disease known as “can’t pitch” )

    so the pen didn’t just get better. it was completely overhauled. The bullpen really did objectively suck in April. If the Yankees deserve credit for anything this year, its for the ability to switch up their bullpen to find the right people for the job. Torre would probably have trusted Edwar and Veras to this very day…

    Comment by Joe — August 15, 2009 @ 2:47 am

  9. Very nice thanks a sharing..

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