MLB Friday 4.22 Stat Insights: Guardians vs Yankees; Eli Morgan & Jameson Taillon, can NY slow Jose Ramirez?
Right-hander Eli Morgan is expected to start today for Cleveland, while right-hander Jameson Taillon gets the nod at home for New York. Morgan enters this contest with a 4.50 ERA, backed up by a 3.74 FIP (which is a better measure of the things a pitcher can control). The last time Morgan was on the bump, he recorded the Win as the Guardians beat the Rangers 9-6. He left allowing 4 earned runs and recording 2 strikeouts with 0 walks. Taillon's last start was against the Orioles, when the Yankees won 5-2. Over 4.2 innings pitched, he allowed 2 earned runs with 3 hits. He also recorded 2 strikeouts with 1 walk.
The Cleveland Guardians have hit the Moneyline in 7 of their last 10 games (+4.30 Units / 39% ROI)
Jose Ramirez grades out in the 100th percentile in THE BAT X's Spray Score since the start of last season, which measures his ability to hit the ball to all fields (a crucial skill for batting average.
Eli Morgan has a reverse platoon split and has the misfortune of facing 6 same-handed bats today.
As a team, the New York Yankees are very slow; their 25.83 ft/sec Sprint Speed this year grades out #30 in Major League Baseball.
Giancarlo Stanton really hits the ball hard. If you look at the top 5% of his batted balls by exit velocity, their average puts him among the league's best: in the 100th percentile since the start of last season.
Extreme fly ball bats like Kyle Higashioka generally hit worse against extreme fly ball pitchers like Eli Morgan, although it would be difficult for Higashioka (.097) to hit much worse.
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