Feb
08

Looking at some interesting splits for Yankee hitters

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It was only a matter of time before everyone started doing some creative stuff with the new splits data at FanGraphs, and sure enough Moshe Mandel at TYU used the info to look at some interesting splits for various members of the Yankees’ 2010 lineup. The one piece of data that really stood out to me was Curtis Granderson‘s home HR/FB (8.9%) vs. away (15.7%). Overall, his numbers at Comerica Park (.306 wOBA) were way worse than those away from it (.372) last season, yet that’s not a consistent theme throughout his career. The splits were much closer in previous years, though still slightly better away from MoTown.

Does that bode well for a 2010 rebound? Yeah, I think it does. Looking at his 2009 home spray chart, you can definitely see that Granderson hit some balls that were turned into outs at home that probably would have done some damage (over the fence, off the wall) elsewhere. As some are wont to say, time with tell.

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  1. Johnny Rightfieldporch
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  2. Drew says:

    A quick look at the spray chart tells me he’d have about 5-7 more home runs if those balls were hit in YSIII.

    Is that about right?

  3. http://www.ballparks.com/baseb.....tbpkse.gif

    For those unfamiliar, Comerica is a fucking canyon to R/L Centerfield, but somewhat better down both lines (330/345). It stands to reason that Grandy would get a bit pull happy, especially after losing ball after ball to outs that he crushed going straight-away. I think that had a lot to do with his trouble vs Lefties, that he simply gotpull happy and became susceptible to the Lefty breaking balls, especially those down and away.

    Can’t prove it, but it stands to reason.

  4. Bo says:

    Granderson has to worry more about getting on base and hitting lefty’s than he does about hitting 40 homers.

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