Chris Young, his fastball, and limiting bases on outs

In yesterday’s 5-1 win over the Marlins, Chris Young went five innings and allowed a run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings.

Young started the bottom of the first inning with a 5-0 lead thanks to a first inning Grand Slam by Jason Bay.

”It was [Bay’s] win today — he set the tone,” Chris Young said after yesterday’s game. “He came out and he just continues to show up every day and play hard and be a great teammate. I just really couldn’t be happier for him today.”

Young improved to 4-7 and lowered his ERA to 4.48 in 16 starts this season.

The Mets have won in each of Young’s last two starts – they are 4-11 in games started by Young this season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Young labored somewhat during his outing and didn’t get very many swings and misses. He didn’t throw much other than his fastball – 80 of his 93 pitches were fastballs. But he had just enough tail on it up in the zone to fool the Marlins hitters and he was able to limit the Marlins and get out of some trouble as a result.

In watching him pitch yesterday, the Marlins hitters were routinely tardy on anything Young threw above the belt, and it resulted in a lot of insignificant contact in the air. That’s an indication Young has command – his ability to get the ball to rise through the strike zone and get the hitters to hit the bottom of the baseball forces weak popups. Most importantly, that helps to limit the bases the opposition can get on outs (which helps him fight his way out of jams), simply because he gets a lot of popups to the infield or shallow fly balls in the outfield which aren’t deep enough to tag up on.