Sabathia Stats To Watch For
We’ll see if CC Sabathia’s slider is back to its usual form.
Sabathia did not have his best slider in his last start against the Reds. He threw 27 of them and only 12 were for strikes, by far his lowest success rate with the pitch this season.
Sabathia typically gets a hitter to chase a slider out of the strike zone about 40 percent of the time, but the Reds went after only two of 17 thrown out of the strike zone.
Also of note: right-handed hitters are hitting .302 with a .389 on-base percentage in his last three starts.
Colon Stats to Watch
Bartolo Colon has been up and down in his 10 starts with the Athletics. His fastball, which he throws nearly 90 percent of the time, has had both success and failure. He had a four-start stretch in April in which he allowed two runs or fewer each time, but he has allowed 17 runs and 35 hits in 19 innings in four May starts.
If the good Colon shows up, the Yankees' work-the-count approach will be tested. Colon has been a strike-thrower, particularly to right-handed hitters. He has faced 114 righties this season and not walked one yet.
That may change against Alex Rodriguez, who had a three-homer game against Colon and ended up homering against him four times in a row in 2005. Rodriguez is 4-for-10 against him since the four-homer barrage, but the two haven’t faced each other since 2007.
Jeter Bounce-Back Day
It was a rare struggle for Derek Jeter on Friday, with three whiffs in five at-bats.
Jeter missed on six swings in that game, the most misses he’s had in a game since June 26, 2010 against the Dodgers.
Three For Three
The Yankees have hit three home runs in each of their last two games, doing so Friday in a ballpark where it is tough to hit home runs.
If the Yankees went for three home runs again, they would be the first opposing team to hit three home runs in back-to-back games in Oakland since the Rangers did so in 2008.
It would also give the Yankees their second three-game three-homer streak of the season. They also did so from April 19 to 21 against the Twins and Red Sox.
Stewart Hit Watch
Fluke or not, when catcher Chris Stewart gets a hit, the Yankees tend to do well. The Yankees are 5-1 this season in games in which Stewart has gotten a hit, their only loss coming in Stewart’s last start against the Reds.