Found March 26, 2014 on Mets Merized Online:
PLAYERS: Chris Young
TEAMS: New York Mets
Mlb_jun_11_6ca2
It is a tough predicament when you have a true weakness. Nowadays, with data available on every facet of the game, there is no way to hide it. Chris Young must know this. When a blogger, like me, sitting on my couch at home can find out how to pitch to Young’s weakness, then surely opposing pitchers will do the same. So what is this obvious weakness in Chris Young’s game? When you look at Chris Young’s zone profile, it is clear that throughout his career opposing pitchers have liked to pitch him low and away. The chart below highlights this point. Taken from the catcher’s perspective, we can see that since Young entered the big leagues, he has seen more pitches low and away than almost all inside pitches or those high outside the strike zone combined. Why would pitchers throw so many pitches in one quadrant of the zone matrix presented above? There must be a reason. And of course there is. On pitches low and away, Chris Young has a futile .062 career slugging percentage. So, on ne...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Mets Not Expected To Make Moves Prior To Opening Day

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reports that a team insider indicated that the Mets are not expected to make any external additions before Opening Day, big or small. Rubin adds that the source said something not currently foreseeable would have to develop quickly for a trade to materialize. Well that will just mean is the Mets are happy with what they have now, so far with Ike Davis at first...

Lannan Taking Well To New Role

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY writes that left-hander John Lannan passed another test in his transition to a relief role, he entered mid-inning and inherited runners on base, for not only the first time in his career, but also the first time working on consecutive days. Since switching roles, Lannan, has tossed two perfect innings in relief. “That’s exactly how I envisioned it...

Wright to Harvey: Your reputation is on the line during rehab

Matt Harvey cannot win or lose on the field for a while now. In the clubhouse, however, his credibility will receive a decision. Take your pick – mountain or molehill – when it comes to the magnitude of Harvey strong-arming the Mets about where he will work most to make his arm strong again. But by insisting he do a bulk of his rehab in New York rather than where the Mets wished...

The Mets Will Have A Very Good Bench in 2014

“Basically, the Mets have a strong bench. Unfortunately, it’s starting.” – Sports Illustrated, June 2, 1980. Such was the narrative when the Mets surprised everybody that year by flirting with .500 in mid-June. That gritty, gutty bunch warranted a feature in the leading national sporting publication of the time, on the verge of having a walk-off win worthy of 1969. The...

Vic Black No Longer A Lock For Bullpen Spot

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York wonders, “Is Vic Black giving away what has been viewed as a secure bullpen spot?” It’s certainly a question worth asking. Black, who was considered a pillar in the pen after pitching impressively upon joining the Mets, has failed to carry that success into spring training. Thus far in 8 innings this spring, the 6’4 Texan has pitched to a 6.75...

Black Shocked He Was Demoted

Reliever Vic Black has been optioned and will begin the season in Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced via Twitter on Wednesday. “I didn’t see it coming, but I also couldn’t expect anything different really because what I did was struggle all spring,” Black said. “And that’s not what they’re trying to put together on the team right now. Like they said, especially...

John Lannan Officially Added To Mets 40-Man Roster

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reported on his Twitter page that the Mets officially signed John Lannan to a contract and added him to the 40-man roster. Lannan is officially on the Opening Day roster as a reliever.  During the Grapefruit league picthed in seven games and was 0-2, with a 4.91 ERA. This will be the first time in his major league career, spanning 148 games, that he will pitch...

Should the Mets pay the price for Starlin Castro?

Not everyone is a Starlin Castro fan. He’s a polarizing player who’s had some character issues in the past, but he is also a four-year veteran on a team that is going very young, very quickly. The quick-batted sensation Javier Baez will be up with the Chicago Cubs soon enough. While Baez has been playing games at second-base, he’s a shortstop by trade. Some think he’s good...

Mets' Jonathon Niese expects to be activated April 6

New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese has had an up-and-down spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It's included two trips to New York for MRIs, both of which came back with good news. He took another step on Thursday toward coming off the disabled list to face the Cincinnati Reds on April 6.By slgckgc on Flickr via Wikimedia CommonsAdam Rubin of ESPN New York tweeted...

Now ... Was That So Hard?

So we finally have a resolution in the Matt Harvey Rehab scandal, which was (gasp) a compromise! Harvey will rehab in New York when the team is at home, and in Port St. Lucie when the team is on the road. As I think about what this story has become in terms of controversy level, I start to think that Justin Turner was right:  "So far here, I've only done stories about...

What Can Met Fans Take Away From Spring Training?

It doesn’t mean anything. Never believe what you see in March or September. You could write the results on a matchbook. You’ve never heard of any of these guys. It’s all just for fun, just to work on certain things, just to get into shape, just to show management what you might be capable of. These are the truisms and advice that mark spring training baseball – The Pastoral...

#MetsTwitterBrackets Sweet 16

After the conclusion of the second half of the second round votes, we are all set for the Sweet 16 in the #MetsTwitterBrackets. In another shocker, the #16 seed in the Mets Blogs region Rising Apple, bounced the 8th seeded Read the Apple.  They will move on to face #4 seed Metsmerized Online, who took down the #5 seed, DailyStache.net.  The bottom half of the blogs region stayed...

How have this season’s starters fared on past Opening Days?

Roughly 486 hours of baseball (not including any 20-inning games against the Florida Marlins) will be played by the New York Mets this season, starting on Monday. With an MLB-best record of 34-18 (.654) on Opening Days, let’s hope the Mets do on Monday what they usually do on Opening Days—win. The law of averages will eventually kick in during the season, but here’s what this...

Soccer Returns to Citi Field With Olympiakos vs AC Milan In This Summer’s International Champions Cup

With so much attention focused on European soccer teams coming to the United States this summer, it’s important to note that the International Champions Cup returns to the five boroughs of New York in July when Olympiakos takes the field against AC Milan, where Citi Field turns its baseball diamond into a pitch for what has become an annual tradition of soccer at the stadium. Since...

Have Your Spirit Animals Spayed Or Neutered

I’ve been singing the praises of Vic Black this off-season no matter the platform. I’ve gushed on this blog. I’ve praised him on podcasts. I’ve raved to friends. I’ve even gone up to complete strangers on the subway and just started yelling “VIC BLACK!” arbitrarily. (And some of those people actually have be a dollar just to get me to go away. Try it … it works.)...
Mets News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.