The Long Slide To The Middle: Yanks-Halos Gamer VIII

A couple losses ago, Johnny Damon described the Yankees’ situation as "critical."  Does that mean the situation is now more cricitcaler?  It’s Pettitte vs. Saunders today in Anaheim.  Andy has been roughed up his last two outings, while Saunders hasn’t lost since July 8th.  The young lefty is blossoming into one of the finer pitchers in the game in his first full season as a starter; if people didn’t know his name before, they will after this year.  The Yankees have faced him twice previously (both after his first call-up in 2006) but this will be their first look at him this year.

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  • 1 out, 2 Yanks plated here in the 1st w/ Robbie up.

    J (yf) August 10, 2008, 3:52 pm
  • Ump missed that call.. ARod was safe.

    attackgerbil August 10, 2008, 5:58 pm
  • It’s crazy how horrible Mo is in non-save situations.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 6:51 pm
  • Wow, just saw the replay of the final hit. Can you believe Cano just jogging after it, watching it go past him? Easily could have knocked it down if he tried, which would have kept the runner on 3rd.

    Atheose August 10, 2008, 7:03 pm
  • To say that Mo was horrible today just isnt fair. He induced a groundball that happened to find a hole. He didnt pitch long enough to say he was bad or good today.

    Sam-YF August 10, 2008, 7:22 pm
  • Seems like your two posts cut against each other a bit, Ath.

    stuck working August 10, 2008, 7:28 pm
  • Indeed stuck; originally I was just watching gameday, then later saw the replay of Cano’s lackluster attempt.
    Maybe Mo wasn’t good or bad in the traditional sense, but it seems like he’s lost every appearance in a non-save situation in the last few months. Has anyone ever been so tremendous in save situations, and so opposite in tie games?

    Atheose August 11, 2008, 8:30 am
  • Here are some stats on Mo:
    Save Situations: 0.31 ERA, WHIP around 0.50
    Non-Save Situations: 3.00 ERA, WHIP around 1.00
    A 3.00 ERA still isn’t horrible, but it’s 10x his ERA in save situations!

    Atheose August 11, 2008, 8:51 am
  • Atheose,
    Far be it for me to say anything negative about the demi-god otherwise known as Mo, but his weak point this year is not so much generic non-save situations (which include blowout wins or losses for the Yankees in which he is brought in to get some work), but tie-games, which are, obviously, crucial situations. Comparing him in save situations vs. tie-game-situations is stark:
    Save situations:
    28G, 29.1IP, 13H, 1ER, 2BB, 36K, 0HR, 0.31 ERA
    Tie-game sitn’s:
    11G, 13IP, 15H, 6ER, 3BB, 18K, 2HR, 4.15 ERA
    In save situations, opponents average .133 BA, .165 OBP, .153 SLG off him, while in tie-game situations, those numbers jump to .378 BA, .425 OBP, .595 SLG.

    IronHorse (yf) August 11, 2008, 9:32 am
  • Yeah IH, the difference between those two types of appearances is extremely surprising. Girardi really needs to avoid bringing him into tie games, though yesterday was a tough situation for him.

    Atheose August 11, 2008, 10:17 am
  • The tough thing is that Mo’s numbers in tie games are not the result of one hideous outing ballooning his stats, but rather reflective of his giving up one run (a crucial leading-run) in over 70% of the tie-game situations in which he has pitched.
    Mo had two appearances in a row in July against Boston and Tampa Bay respectively in which he came up huge – pitching two scoreless innings in each and the Yankees ended up winning both. But other than those 2 appearances, and one other appearance on May 22, Mo has given up the leading run in every other tie-game appearance (8 games in total). The Yankees came back in two of those 8 games to win, but yeah – giving up the lead in 73 percent of your appearances is not good even while Mo has been perfect in his 28 save opportunities.

    IronHorse (yf) August 11, 2008, 10:41 am
  • ” Girardi really needs to avoid bringing him into tie games, though yesterday was a tough situation for him.”
    I dont really agree with this. He is still the best option and who you want to run out there with the game on the line. I really feel this is a statistical anamoly more than anything else. There is no other explanation in my mind…

    Sam-YF August 11, 2008, 10:47 am

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