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-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Saturday, May 17, 2008

What happened to taking pitches?

Andy Pettitte throws 40 pitches in the fourth inning to surrender the Yankees 2-0 lead.

Johan Santana, sitting for a half hour, goes out there right after and throws only six pitches. SIX!

This has been a common trend this season. Once the Yankees fall behind, they start swinging early in the count looking for the long ball. There's a reason why they're only scoring two runs per game.

Here are the pitch counts for Santana's last three starts:

  • 114 pitches in 5 2-3 innings on April 29.
  • 116 pitches in six innings on May 4.
  • 116 pitches in six innings on May 10.
Through four innings today, Santana is at 55 pitches.


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