If you watched last night's game, you would know that the ESPN booth (mostly Curt Schilling and John Kruk) were waxing poetically about Boston starter Joe Kelly's fastball. Kelly came into last night's game with a 1-0 record and a 4.94 ERA which isn't exactly ace-like material - I know, it's early - but to hear the booth talk about him and his fastball, you would have believed he was the second coming of Nolan Ryan. And who knows? Maybe he could be sometime down the road, but that wasn't the case last night as the Yankees scored five runs on nine hits off Kelly and chased him out of the game in the fifth inning. I thought it could be fun to see how the Yankees' hitters treated Kelly's fastball last night and here's a hint, they were a bit rude. Kelly gave up five hits on his fastball - three on the four seam and two on the two seam.
Chase Headley hit a first pitch single in the second inning on a 97 m.p.h. fastball.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit a single in a 2-1 count in the third inning also on a 97 m.p.h. four seam fastball.
Alex Rodriguez hit a single in a 3-1 count in the third inning on a 96 m.p.h four seam fastball.
Brian McCann hit a double in a 2-1 count in the third inning on a 97 m.p.h. fastball.
And finally, Carlos Beltran hit a single in a 1-2 count in the fifth inning on a 96 m.p.h. four seam fastball.
As you can see, most of the pitches were in the strike zone with only Beltran's being borderline and all of them were above 95 mph. Eight of them hit 97.
Here's a breakdown of all of the pitch types Kelly threw last night:
He favored his four seamer and two seamer.
Five of the nine hits Kelly gave up last night came with two outs, including Mark Teixeira's home run in the first. Coming into last night's game, Kelly had given up three home runs on his fastball - two were on 96 m.p.h. pitches and one was on a 98 m.p.h. pitch, two were in 0-2 counts and one came on a 1-1 pitch. The home run he gave up to Teixeira was on an 87 m.p.h. slider and in a 1-1 count.
The two hits Kelly gave up with no outs were by Ellsbury who finished the game 4-4 with a walk and a HBP.