Didn’t Notice-UPDATED

Fascinating piece on Si.com today about how the Yankees are deliberately throwing the least amount of fastballs in the big leagues this year. The basic premise is that fastballs, even really good ones, get hit more than other pitches, and the data backs that up.

Here’s the thing that really shocked me, the Yankees are only throwing fastballs about 43% of the time. If you had asked me to guess their fastball usage. I probably would have said at least 60% and probably closer to 70%. I simply hadn’t noticed this change. It’s a good article, and well worth your time. I’m going to start paying more attention to the little things!
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Keep an eye on the roster moves the Yankees make today because they will tell us a lot about how the new players will be used, and how the rotation will be shaped going forward.

With the addition of three big leaguers and the Subtraction of one from the roster, two moves have to be made. I would assume the Yankees will send a pitcher and a hitter to the minors as that would leave them with the same roster composition as before the trade. The hitter will almost certainly be either Choi or Cooper. If it is Choi, you might see the Yankees use Frazier at first against RHP and move him to third against LHP with Cooper moving to first. Headley has a .534 OPS abs LHP, so this would make sense. If Choi stays and Cooper goes, then I would assume Frazier is pretty much the everyday firstbaseman.

As for the pitchers it will almost certainly be Cessa or Smith sent down. The Yankees chose to keep Smith around and demote Mitchell yesterday, so maybe they are seriously considering letting him replace Pineda. Cessa didn’t look very good yesterday, so the Yankees might want to try something new.

UPDATE- I wasn’t thinking about the 40-man roster and the need to clear space on that too. So the Yankees DFA’ed Choi and Rob Refsnyder while sending Chason Shreve to the minors.

Choi is not a shock at all. Refsnyder shows how crowded the 40-man is becoming and reinforces why trading Clarkin is probably for the best. I’m surprised that Shreve was the guy to get sent down because he has been pretty good this year. But as I think more about it, Cessa or Smith are the only “long” guys in the pen, so the Yankees probably want them both around for now.