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Take a Seat, Tough Guy

What’s up with the Yanks losing to rookie pitchers? Rob Neyer takes a look:


1 monkeypants   ~  Jul 28, 2010 5:08 pm

Ooooh, props to our very own William for making it onto Neyer's radar, though I'm not sure he'll agree with the conclusion!

2 williamnyy23   ~  Jul 28, 2010 5:36 pm

[1] Very nice of Neyer to give me some of his valuable space.

I don't actually totally disagree with his conclusion, but would take a little exception to the implication that the one I came to was "grand". Actually, I really tried to steer clear of a grand conclusion for the very reason Neyer mention: sample size. Having said that, I am willing to consider the mental side of this equation instead of just shrugging off the limited numbers as "luck".

Instead, I still think it is interesting that the Yankees DO struggle against pitchers making their major league debuts. Even if the reason why isn't and will never be conclusive, confirmation of the perception is stil noteworthy, IMHO.

3 Bama Yankee   ~  Jul 28, 2010 5:41 pm

It also seems like the Yankees lose more games played on Satuday than any other day of the week. I have not researched this, but it just seems like we lose more than our share of Saturday games. If true I have always just chalked it up to the "day game after a night game" problem that usually plagues older players...

Anyone else notice this and would anyone like to run the numbers for the last few years to see if my theory is correct?

4 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jul 28, 2010 6:15 pm

[2] Nicely said, william, agreed wholeheartedly. I bristled at the word "grand" myself, for precisely the reason you say; sounded like a straw man to me.

Mazal-tov all the same, and nice piece!

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