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Recap: Yankees @ A’s Game 46

May 25, 2012

The Yankees have owned the Oakland A’s as of late and tonight’s game was no different. Though it may have looked close with a 6-3 score it was never really that close of a game. A’s fall to 22-24 on the year, which is startlingly not that far off from where the Yankees are at 24-21 following this matchup.

  • Tyson Ross needs to go. He has been the definition of mediocre. At 0.1 WAR, he has 42 innings of listless, unimpressive 4.7 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 baseball. He has allowed 1.1 HR/9 including three tonight to Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher, all part of a four and a third inning, six run (only three earned), eleven hit, two walk, three strikeout performance. Hitters are teeing off of Ross’ flat hanging pitches as they own a .365 BABIP, and 12.8% HR/FB rate. While some may say those are purely based upon luck it has been evident watching Ross this season that he is little more than a batting practice pitcher for an MLB hitter. His great pitch is supposed to be his slider, and he has used it 25.4% of the time this season inducing misses on 26.9% of swings. Guys with truly great sliders like say… the pitcher Ross faced today Ivan Nova has a swing and miss rate of 41.2% off of his. Big difference there. And the results for Ross at least have showed, he has been battered around all year. He seems best suited and destined for a relief role, and lord knows there are not very many quality pitchers in the bullpen for the A’s these days.
  • The A’s other two pitchers in the game pitched well. Jerry Blevins and Jim Miller, the “we-have-a-deficit-we-don’t-think-we-will-make-up” guys, pitched a combined four and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing just one hit (Miller), walking one (Blevins) and striking out six (three apiece). Miller in particular has been a pleasant surprise coming out of nowhere as a non-roster invitee, to put together a decent string of outings. On the year now he has pitched 12 2/3 innings, matching Ross’ 0.1 WAR as he owns a 1.42 ERA and 3.38 FIP with 7.1 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 with 0.7 HR/9.
  • The A’s offense again stalled. The two first basemen both played with Daric Barton going 2-for-4 to lift his batting average above .200 (.210) while Kila Ka’aihue as designated hitter went 1-for-4 with a solo home run off of Nova. Neither of these guys is lighting the world on fire, and I don’t understand why the A’s – if they feel they actually have something in Ka’aihue – don’t option Barton and give Chris Carter and extended look even if he is better off being a DH. In 200 plate appearances in Sacramento Carter has a .270/.335/.494 slash line with nine home runs. While the 9.0% BB% is weak, he certainly seems worth an extended look to once and for all determine what the A’s have in the kid.
  • Josh Reddick also went 1-for-4 in the contest with a home run off of Nova. It was Reddick’s twelfth home run on the year as he continues to be the lone offensive bright spot for the beleaguered hitters on this squad.
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