• So, This Only Works For The Yankees?

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2010 · Comments (2)

    Oh, to wear those Yankees Blinders

    I keep hearing about how well the Yankees are going to do down in Texas – because their hitters are now seeing Colby Lewis and Cliff Lee for a second time over a short period of time…and that’s going to help them smack these hurlers around the park, etc.

    Ah, um, excuse me…but…is this not also the second time that the Rangers batters will see Phil Hughes and Andy Pettitte over a short period of time? Or, does that only help Yankees hitters and not Rangers hitters?

    Comments on So, This Only Works For The Yankees?

    1. Evan3457
      October 22nd, 2010 | 3:13 pm

      No.

      It works for Lewis, but not for Hughes, Pettitte or Lee.

      Rangers have seen Pettitte and Hughes enough times for seeing them again not to be that much of a factor. Ditto for Lee. If they hit Lee, it’ll be because 1) they win game 6 first, and 2) Lee makes uncharacteristic mistakes.

      Lewis is a different matter. Before Game 2, the Yanks hadn’t see him in 7 years . Seeing him a 2nd time in a week should make a significant difference.

      That’s not rose-colored glasses. That’s a well-known principle. It was even true for Lee, to a limited extent, in last year’s World Series.

      And with Hughes, how could the Rangers hit him much harder than the first game…7 runs in two innings, instead of 4?

    2. throwstrikes
      October 22nd, 2010 | 4:08 pm

      “It works for Lewis, but not for Hughes, Pettitte or Lee.”

      I think it applies to pitchers who perform different from norm in the series either good or bad so I would apply it to Lewis and Hughes.

      Lewis pitched above his standard last game and Hughes pitched below his.

      Lee and Pettite pitched how we’ve seen them pitch hundreds of times before.

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