Saturday, June 9, 2012
W2W4: Mets at Yankees (June 9)
By Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information
Gee Stats To Watch
Dillon Gee has a 2.18 ERA and 22 strikeouts, with one home run allowed over 20 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
What’s most notable is that his offspeed stuff has been sharp. He’s thrown 25 of his 32 curveballs for strikes in those starts, netting 11 outs without allowing a baserunner. He’s also gotten 14 outs with his changeup, yielding just three hits.
One thing that Gee has done in these last three starts is work inside more to right-handed hitters. His percentage of pitches to that area has increased from 23 percent to 38 percent, and he’s come inside about as often as he’s worked hitters away.
That’s a good strategy for attacking Alex Rodriguez, who is hitting .178 against inside pitches from righties this season, but not Derek Jeter, who is hitting .325.
What’s wrong with Murphy?
Daniel Murphy is in a 2-for-22 slump in which he’s been very ground-ball happy. Of the last 19 balls he’s hit, 12 have been grounders, and they’ve produced just one hit.
He should be happy to see Phil Hughes, whose pitches are typically easy to elevate and yield a ground-ball rate of only 34 percent.
Likewise, David Wright should be looking forward to facing Hughes based on his results versus right-handed pitching this season. Wright is hitting .366 against right-handers this season and is 20-for-39 when hitting a fly ball against them.
Rough stuff for Ike
Ike Davis is 2-for-24 in June and 10-for-77 with one home run and without a multi-hit game dating back to May 11.
Davis is without a multi-hit game in his last 22 STARTS at first base.
The last Met to have a streak of more consecutive starts at first, without getting multiple hits in any of those games is Mike Piazza, who had a rut of 24 games, spaced out over two-and-a-half months playing first base in 2004.
The worst streak by a Mets starting first baseman is 28 games, by Dave Kingman in 1982.
For more previewing this game, check out the Yankees W2W4