SNY’s “Best in New York” roundup

Getting to know Nick Swisher
Ortiz, Cano defend Presinal

Michael Salfino posted SNY’s annual breakdown of the Mets vs. Yanks, comparing each team’s players based on the four main pitches – fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. As if we didn’t already know it, A-Rod is the best hitter in New York, leading all players in OPS off fastballs (.967), curves (.861) and sliders (1.168), but he also led in swings and misses (failed to make contact on 24% of swings taken). CC Sabathia dominates the pitching categories, with the city’s best fastball (.610 OPS ), best slider (.417) and second best changeup (.558). No Mets’ pitcher qualified for the curveball and slider categories, which makes me wonder what the hell their pitchers are throwing. Give it a read, it’s quick and entertaining. (h/t BBTF)

Getting to know Nick Swisher
Ortiz, Cano defend Presinal
  • pat

    Apparently the curve is a dying pitch?

  • Mike Pop

    The picture says Delgado is the best lefty vs lefty but then later in the article, it says Cano edged him in that category.

  • AndrewYF

    That’s very interesting. The Yankees have not only great players, but a great mix, it seems. A-Rod and Cano dominate the slider, while A-Rod does fairly well against the curve. Tex dominates the changeup. Meanwhile Sabathia has one of the best fastballs, (with Joba not far behind) changeups and sliders (damn, he’s good), while Burnett has one of the best curveballs. Joba throws major heat, although some of those came when he was relieving. Still, he sits around 95 the whole game when he’s starting, there’s no real doubt about that.

  • GG

    The numbers dont lie, CC and Joba throw FIRE.

  • Tom Zig

    I’m guessing the gopher ball doesn’t count as a pitch

  • SWB

    Do you guys know if you can watch Spring Training games on

  • Jamal G.

    Yankees > Mets. I don’t need any nerd-tastic stats to tell me that!

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      you live by the nerd, you die by the nerd.

    • Kevin G.

      I love how this post is tagged “Better than the Mets”.

      • Mike Pop

        The RAB guys speak the truth, son.

  • Frank

    Welcome to SNY’s annual “Let’s Compare Ourselves to the Yankees!” debacle.

    Ouch. No dice this time. Try again next year.

    When an entire network’s existence is based on how they compare to their “rival” team and their “rival” team’s network…. you might want to rethink your strategy. SNY might want to take a cue from YES… stick with your own team and pretend that other team in New York doesn’t exist. Then again, it’s A LOT easier for YES to pretend the Mets don’t exist.