I also noticed when Morel, Pierre and Vizquel came up, they had toothlessly raked (hold on to your worthy Kenworthy jersey)...30 extra base hits in 800 AB’s.
Entering their start against the White Sox, here’s what their walk rates were before their respective starts:
CC Sabathia: 2.40 walks per nine innings
Phil Hughes: 3.69
A.J. Burnett: 4.10
Ivan Nova: 3.47
For comparison, all six starters used by the White Sox this season have walked fewer than three batters per nine innings, so the last three Yankee starters were collectively below-average in the control department.
But wait, there’s more! Joe Girardi utilized a couple of his more erratic relievers without harm. David Robertson (5.7 walks per nine) recorded four outs without a walk, and the rehabilitating Rafael Soriano (6.2 BB/9) recorded a perfect inning as well.
I’m not certain how to calculate these sort of odds, but based on the averages, the White Sox should’ve walked at least 12 or 13 times over the 35 innings they played.
Instead, they didn’t even walk once.
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