Choosing Slides

MLB_Sliders_2010-2015_YankeesData via Fangraphs

Earlier this week, Nick Ashbourne at BP Bronx wrote about the Yankees’ heavy reliance on sliders. As the chart above shows, the Yankees were among the least slider-happy teams five years ago, but their usage of the pitch has spiked this season to 27.0%; if they keep that pace up for the full year, it will be the highest percentage in at least six seasons (surpassing the 2013 Giants at 25.8%). However, as Ashbourne notes, slider usage is correlated with injuries, which is bad news for the already old and injury-prone Bronx.

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