Sep
01

Backwards Boone Logan

By

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The last two games have been on extreme opposite ends of the spectrum for Boone Logan. He got two huge, huge strikeouts with the bases loaded to escape a jam on Tuesday night, but then he allowed the game-winning two-run homer on Wednesday. A night of good followed by a night of bad, and it seemed to fit right into the story of Logan’s season: he didn’t get the lefties out when he had too, but he got the righties out. It’s backwards.

In the series opener, Boone allowed a single to the lefty Carl Crawford to load the bases before striking out the switch-hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia (LOL) and the righty Darnell McDonald. Yesterday he gave up the homer to lefty Jacoby Ellsbury that basically won the game for the Red Sox. Now, Logan did rebound to get both Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz after the homer, but by then the damage was done. Coming into the series, left-handed batters were hitting .235/.300/.425 in 91 plate appearances off the Yankees’ lefty specialist. Effective, but not exactly lock down given the power numbers. On the other hand, righties were hitting just .216/.286/.255 in 56 plate appearances off Logan.

Of course, Boone did have a little bit of a revelation in Cincinnati after Alex Rodriguez pulled him aside and told him to have a plan for each pitch, and since then he’s been much better. After tagging him for a .300/.391/.425 line in his first 25 games (.167/.259/.167 vs. RHB), lefties have hit just .200/.289/.489 off Logan in his last 26 games (.267/.312/.333 vs. RHB). Definitely some big time improvement, though he’s still giving up far too many extra base hits to same-side batters. A lefty specialist allowing a .289 ISO to lefties over half his season workload is … awful.

Obviously, small sample size rules apply here. Logan’s faced just 154 batters this year, which is nothing. That’s the life of a reliever though, these guys are just going from one small sample size appearance to the next, which is why Boone’s reverse split and backwards season isn’t terribly surprising. Anything can happen in a limited sample, but it’s still rather annoying to see. Hopefully he continues to be as effective against lefties as he has since A-Rod‘s pep talk, just without all the untimely extra base hits.

Categories : Death by Bullpen

40 Comments»

  1. Al says:

    The HR to Elsberry effin crushed me. Most deflating, infuriating loss to the RS yet this year. Put a 5 spot on Beckett just to have Boone blow it.
    I bet Girardi will not think twice to match him up with Elsberry again tonight. 4 for 6 with a HR, but its lefty lefty match up!

  2. Leegggoooo says:

    Girardi I the worst manager in baseball. He has no feel for when pitchers should be talk out, can not make a decent lineup and is just pure awful when it comes to the bullpen. He has been bailed out consistently by the superior play of roberston, granderson and others. They should either promote Tony Pena or go find a new manager

  3. Leegggoooo Yankees says:

    Girardi is the worst manager in baseball. He has no feel for when pitchers should be talk out, can not make a decent lineup and is just pure awful when it comes to the bullpen. He has been bailed out consistently by the superior play of roberston, granderson and others. They should either promote Tony Pena or go find a new manager

  4. Leegggoooo Yankees says:

    Girardi is the worst manager in baseball. He has no feel for when pitchers should be talk out, can not make a decent lineup and is just pure awful when it comes to the bullpen. He has been bailed out consistently by the superior play of roberston, granderson and others. They should either promote Tony Pena or go find a new manager.

  5. icebird753 says:

    Is it just me btw, or did anyone else think that Ellsbury home run was just going to be a deep flyball? It’s so hard to tell if its going to be a flyout or homer at Fenway

  6. Ted Nelson says:

    Anyone have stats to first batter faced and/or coming in mid-inning vs. fresh innings?

    Seems off-hand like Logan blows it against the first batter he faces a disproportionate amount of the time. Maybe it’s small sample and/or selective memory… but I believe he’s hit a batter with the first pitch he’s thrown twice this season and now a hit and HR to the first batter last two nights.

    Would be interested to see what if anything those sort of stats would tell us.

  7. YankeesJunkie says:

    The role of a LOOGY is overrated and I would rather just have someone who is good against lefties than just someone who happens to throw left handed.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      Also Logan’s 3.5 xFIP does not really make him so enticing to face lefties all the time.

    • Matt DiBari says:

      Bingo. I’ll take effectiveness over handedness any day. Which is what drives me nuts when people insist we “need” a second lefty reliever, no matter how mediocre.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        I think you are misinterpreting what people are saying. There are some idiots out there , but generally they are not asking for a lefty, any lefty… they are asking for an effective lefty.

        • Matt DiBari says:

          I’d much rather just have an effective righty. I’m not a fan of blowing through three relievers in an inning for the sake of one matchup either.

          I also have flashbacks to the 2009 ALCS (for all intents and purposes the last time we had two healthy lefties) where we were running through relievers at a pace I can only call frenetic, with lefties relieving lefties and righties going a third of an inning. I think we had seven relievers in a four inning span in game three, even with Mariano Rivera AND Phil Hughes each going at least an inning. That’s absurd.

          • Ted Nelson says:

            “I’d much rather just have an effective righty.”

            Why is an effective righty any better than an equally effective lefty??? You would rather have a worse righty than a lefty? That contradicts your point entirely.

            “I’m not a fan of blowing through three relievers in an inning for the sake of one matchup either.”

            No offense, but I don’t care what you are a “fan” of unless you provide some evidence of why your viewpoint is right.

            “I also have flashbacks to the 2009 ALCS”

            Really? You are really using one example to prove a general strategic rule?

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Logan has a 3.32 FIP overall… not sure you have an argument in this case. He’s the first best reliever on the team in terms of fWAR after being 5th best last season.

  8. Smallz says:

    KA-BOONE!! what a joke..

  9. Monteroisdinero says:

    Wade and DRob with a changeup>>>>>>.Logan against lefties.

    Down with dogma.

  10. Art Vandelay says:

    Bizarro LOOGY

  11. ItsATarp says:

    11.86 k/9 2.45 BB/9 3.82 FIP (yes that’s a bit high) but a xFIP of 2.86 vs lefties. Also be month, he has improved drastically every month.
    http://www.fangraphs.com/stats.....1#advanced

    Yes he’s giving up HR vs lefties, but that could be a bit of luck factor, since his groundball rate is at 45.5% for the season, and over 50% for the month. He should be fine going forward.

  12. Urban says:

    Logan has been a good addition to the Yankees over two seasons, even though he gets beat up by elements of Yankeee-dom. I take it as a positive that Logan is takes a lot of heat. That means the rest of the Yankee team is doing so well that he’s one of the weakest links, and if he’s just about the weakest link, then that means the Yankees are in good shape.

  13. Smallz says:

    Man, how awesome would it of been if Marte and Feliciano got healthy and we could of had them and logan instead of Noesi (which we dont need for the post season) and Ayala (Yea hes got a nice ERA but I am not trusting this guy in a big spot)3 leftys in the pen. Girardi would of gotten a real work out.

    • Smallz says:

      Oh and leaving Burnett off entirely. But we all know that wont happen so nevermind that thought I guess. Forgot Noesi was already back in the minors..

  14. Rainbow Connection says:

    This game was on Hughes, not Logan.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Bit of both I’d say… and a bit of Gardner for being one of the fastest guys in the league and not cutting off that grounder for whatever reason (I assume he thought it was a dead-ball).

  15. Urban says:

    Adding to what I said previously, while I think Logan has been a solid addition to the Yankee pen over two seasons, what’s annoying about Logan is the splits that Mike A highlights. With Feliciano’s injury, the Yankees have been forced to use Logan as the only LOOGY, a role which he has not done well at this season (although he did last season), which is why the perception of Logan is worse than his stats.

    The AB against Ellsbury last night is the exact reason Cashman went out and got Feliciano, and why he traded for and then signed Marte. If one of these pitchers was available, we probably wouldn’t have anywhere near as much Logan facing tough lefties. If the Yankees had a true lefty-only option, Logan would be used differently and Yankee fans might view Logan positively as a lefty who not limited to facing only lefty batters, but who is effective against righties!

    Unfortunately, Logan’s problems with lefties this year means Cashman will once again be on the hunt for a quality lefty-only bullpen pitcher. It’s certainly a bit odd, but out of the three players the Yankees traded to get Curtis Granderson, the one they miss the most is Phil Coke. Granderson blows Jackson out of the waters, and IPK was acceptable to part with as part of the deal, but Coke is the one who might bring the Yankees the most value, if for no other reason than they probably wouldn’t have signed Feliciano and whomever the target this offseason.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Agree, but another lefty reliever might not be necessary this offseason with Feliciano ostensibly coming back… or at least not a high priced one. Perhaps they can bring Marte back on a minor league deal as well and/or a few other minor league deal types.

Leave a Reply

You may use <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> in your comment.

If this is your first time commenting on River Ave. Blues, please review the RAB Commenter Guidelines. Login for commenting features. Register for RAB.