Well, in the simplest words possible: yesterday was a game to forget about, quickly. A 15-3 rout by the Yankees was not what most fans were looking forward to. Maybe the O’s can bounce back today and salvage a game in this rain-shortened series (if not, they’ll start 0-4 to the Yanks). Right now, it’s back to the cellar for the Orioles.
Well, after yesterday, the Yankees showed that they can get run production from anywhere in this strong lineup. A-Rod had a grand slam and 6 RBI, Russell Martin had 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Even Posda, whose average is down considerably, has been hitting well. Extremely sound lineup from one to nine.
Garcia has been money since coming to the Yankees this offseason. Granted, he doesn’t strike out many batters at all, and his K:BB ratio suffers because of this, but I’ll give you one stat so far this year: he has given up 0 home runs so far. Zero. That’s very impressive, especially since he pitches in Yankee Stadium. And he has a good GB%. Tough to beat Freddy when most of the hits are on the ground or short fly balls.
The graph truly shows why he strikes out so few per nine innings. With his fastball only topping out at an average of 86, overpowering might be the last word I would use. However, he uses a nice mix of his pitches to fool batters and get plenty of ground balls and weak fly balls. As I’ve been saying all year, the O’s really need to work the count today and get on base any way possible.
A struggling offensive team, the O’s are really slipping offensively. Reynolds (so far) isn’t giving the power production that everyone was hoping for (though he is striking out 10% less than last year). Need some run production to help out the pitching today.
Arrieta made his MLB debut against the Yankees last year and shined. He had a good outing last week against the Twins, but that was a rather depleted lineup. He’ll have his hands full against a very strong Yankees lineup. Needs to keep the ball down and can’t give up the big fly like the Orioles staff did yesterday.
Arrieta has good swing-and-miss stuff. Fastball tops out around 93 MPH, he just can’t leave it up in the zone too much. Nice 92 MPH sinker and a good difference in velocities between his fastball and curve. Really is going to need to get some K’s instead of the long ball today. Also needs to stay away from the walks; he’ll get into plenty of trouble if he gives out a few free passes.
Stats: UZR, WAR, ERA, FIP, xFIP, K/9 & BB/9, GB%, PitchFX