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July 1, 2012

BP Unfiltered

Just Forget About Match-Up Stats

by Ben Lindbergh

In the first inning of Sunday's Yankees-White Sox game, Robinson Cano grounded into a double play off Gavin Floyd. In the third inning, he worked his way into a 3-1 count. Here's what happened then:

That's an ugly chase, especially in a hitter's count. Cano certainly thought so.

That prompted this exchange between YES Network broadcasters Michael Kay and Paul O'Neill:

Kay: He's got Cano a little off balance.

O'Neill: Yeah, Robbie Cano hasn't had a lot of success off Floyd. He's 3-for-19, which is .157. And you see, this is the only thing when Robbie ever struggles, he leaves the zone. He gets out, he swings at balls. Sometimes you just do not pick up pitchers well. This might be one of those guys that Robbie just does not see the ball well.

Next pitch:

O'Neill: Sometimes you're  better off just not saying anything.

Yeah.

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Richard Bergstrom

I bet the sample size of Cano's production against 86 mph flat pitches down the middle of the plate is greater than the sample size of Cano vs Floyd.

Jul 01, 2012 19:46 PM
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Brian Cartwright

I think it's part of the job description that announcers must find a story for everything. They do seem to able to accept that some things just happen, but they do not mean a thing. "Why does Kevin Correia pitch so much better at home?" They'll tell me that Ronny Cedeno is 6 for 15 against some pitcher, so expect a hit. If I were to ask "If Ronnie Cedeno starts the season 6 for 15, will they say that they expect him to have a much better season than last?" If the answer is no, it's only 15 at bats - just shut up. I wish to never hear batter/pitcher match ups again.

Jul 01, 2012 20:12 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

I also find it funny when the same stat gets used in different ways.

Example #1: He's 3-for-19, which is .157. Sometimes you just do not pick up pitchers well.

Example #2: He's 3-for-19, which is .157 so he's due for a hit.

Jul 01, 2012 20:20 PM
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BP staff member Jason Wojciechowski
BP staff

To be fair to Paul O'Neill, he said "might."

That maybe sounds like sarcasm because I'm always sarcastic, but it's not. Saying "might" is a lot more than most guys do.

Jul 03, 2012 16:36 PM
 
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