Monday, August 2, 2010
Looking ahead to Monday’s action
The Alex Rodriguez 600 Home Run Watch continues. Rodgriguez faces Brandon Morrow on Monday, against whom he has one home run in 15 previous career at-bats.
In 5 July starts, A.J. Burnett posted a 2.00 ERA, with 20 K and nine walks. During the month, righties hit .156 including .133 against the fastball, while lefties hit .315 overall and .368 against the fastball.
Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko has had plenty of trouble hitting breaking balls this season. Konerko is batting just .057 (2-35) against curveballs and .182 (10-55) against sliders.
John Lackey finished July with a .218 batting average against his breaking balls for the month, his lowest such batting average against those pitches in a month since he allowed a .097 average in June of 2008.
Hitters are batting .208 against Tim Hudson's offspeed pitches this season. The New York Mets enter Monday hitting .232 against sliders and .277 against changeups, which are 11 and 30 points higher than the league averages, respectively.
From April through June, opponents hit .524 (22-42) against Randy Wells when they swung on the first pitch. In July, opponents hit .118 (2-17) when they swung on the first pitch (the league average is .338). 61 percent of Wells' first pitches went for strikes.
The .258 opponent's batting average that Colby Lewis gave up in July was his highest in any month, as was his .311 BABIP.
Hiroki Kuroda's chase percentage has increased each month, and was at 31.0 percent in July. Kuroda has thrown his splitter more each month as well, with a 36.9 overall chase percentage against the pitch.
Bobby Abreu's 32.0 swing percentage is second-lowest in AL among qualifiers (Brett Gardner); his 13.2 chase percentage is third-lowest among AL qualifiers, behind Daric Barton and Marco Scutaro.