Sunday, April 17, 2011
Ogando will be tough foe tonight
Sunday marks the 58th anniversary of one of the most famous home runs in Yankees history, Mickey Mantle’s 565-foot blast off Washington Senators pitcher Chuck Stobbs at Griffith Stadium, a home run so long it landed in the backyard of a house located beyond the ballpark.
The Yankees longest home run last season didn't quite reach that length-- a 455-foot shot by Curtis Grandersonn against Josh Beckett on Opening Day.
The Yankees will be challenged to go tape-measure against Rangers starter Alexi Ogando on Sunday Night Baseball at 8 tonight.
Ogando's high fastball has been very effective. Review of Pitch F/X data shows that hitters have swung at 24 of his fastballs in the upper-third of the strike zone and above this season. They’ve missed 11 of them, which gives him a miss rate among the highest of anyone in the majors (45.8 percent) with that pitch. He's also thrown his slider for strikes 72 percent of the time.