Saturday’s loss to the Rays was an event in more ways than one. Luke Voit and Gary Sanchezwere both hit, in the same inning no less, by Yonny Chirinos. The previous game, Gleyber Torres was hit by Casey Sadler, and it bruised the young shortstop enough that he sat outSunday’s finale in Tampa.
I’ll admit that I have been paying more attention to Yankee hit-by-pitches after what happened to Aaron Judge last year, and it sure has felt like the Yankees have been nailed more than previous seasons. Sure enough, they entered play Monday night tied with Minnesota for the most hit batters with 19. Moreover, the rate per game that players are being hit is on the rise
Over the last decade, the Yankees have averaged about 6200 PA as a team per season. If you adjust the current rate of hit-by-pitches in 2019 over a sample size that large, the team is on pace to be hit by more pitches than any Yankee squad in the last ten years. Yikes.
We can debate intent, of course. I didn’t go through the video and context of every single hit-by-pitch to see whether a pitcher was acting with malice. Luke Voit was vocally upset about being drilled immediately following DJ LeMahieu’s home run on Saturday, but then Gary Sanchez was also hit just a batter later, which leads me to believe that Yonny Chirinos was just wild