|NY YANKEES ( CESSA )|
MINNESOTA ( COLON )
|967||NY YANKEES||-125||Ov 11,-110||-135||Ov 10.5,-125|
|968||MINNESOTA||+115||Un 11,-110||+125||Un 10.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-31||-7||36-28||5.6||0.270||0.343||0.452||0.794||4.4||0.243||0.304||0.399||0.703|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||1-6||3.0||0.220||0.281||0.336||0.617||3.0||0.220||0.288||0.300||0.588|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-31||+8.2||31-33||4.9||0.257||0.330||0.417||0.747||5.1||0.272||0.335||0.439||0.774|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||3-4||4.4||0.249||0.318||0.380||0.698||5.9||0.288||0.352||0.453||0.805|
|7/14/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||4-5||L||125||8.5 un||O||6||3||2||10||12||0|
|7/15/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||4-1||W||150||7.5 ev||U||9||14||0||8||9||2|
|7/16/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ BOSTON||PRICE(L)||0-3||L||125||8.5 ov||U||8||9||1||8||4||0|
|7/16/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||3-0||W||125||9.5 ov||U||12||10||0||4||10||1|
|7/17/2017||MITCHELL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)||2-4||L||-105||10 ov||U||8||7||1||10||9||0|
|7/18/2017||CESSA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)|| |
|7/20/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ SEATTLE||MOORE(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ SEATTLE||MIRANDA(L)|| |
|7/23/2017||CESSA(R)||@ SEATTLE||GAVIGLIO(R)|| |
|7/25/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/4/2017||GIBSON(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||5-4||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||11||9||1||9||5||0|
|7/5/2017||SANTANA(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||1-2||L||-170||10 ev||U||7||9||0||7||5||0|
|7/14/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||5-10||L||155||9 ev||O||5||11||1||14||10||2|
|7/15/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ HOUSTON||MUSGROVE(R)||4-2||W||155||9.5 ev||U||11||10||0||7||11||0|
|7/16/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||3-5||L||175||9.5 ov||U||5||2||1||7||5||0|
|7/17/2017||MEJIA(L)||NY YANKEES||MITCHELL(R)||4-2||W||-105||10 ov||U||10||9||0||8||7||1|
|7/18/2017||COLON(R)||NY YANKEES||CESSA(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||BERRIOS(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|NY YANKEES: 2016: 84-78, fourth place
Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season)
Who's new? 1B/DH Chris Carter, 1B/LF/DH Matt Holliday, RHP Aroldis Chapman
Who's gone? 1B Mark Teixeira, C Brian McCann, RHP Nate Eovaldi, RHP Kirby Yates, RHP Anthony Swarzak, RHP Nick Goody, RHP Blake Parker
Projected lineup: LF Brett Gardner (.261, 7 HR, 41 RBI, 16 SB), CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.263, 9, 56, 20), C Gary Sanchez (.299, 20, 42 in 53 games), DH Matt Holliday (.246, 20, 62 with Cardinals), 1B Greg Bird (did not play in 2016), 2B Starlin Castro (.270, 21, 70), 3B Chase Headley (.253, 14, 51), RH Aaron Judge (.179, 4, 10 in 27 games) or Aaron Hicks (.217, 8, 31), SS Tyler Wade (.259, 5, 27 at Double-A) or Ronald Torreyes (.258, 1, 12)
Rotation: RH Masahiro Tanaka (14-4, 3.07), LH C.C. Sabathia (9-12, 3.91), RH Michael Pineda (6-12, 4.82), RH Luis Severino (3-8, 5.83), RH Chad Green (2-4, 4.73) or RH Adam Warren (4-2, 3.26) or RH Luis Cessa (4-4, 4.35) or RH Bryan Mitchell (1-2, 3.24 in five games)
Key relievers: LH Aroldis Chapman (4-1, 1.55, 36/39 SV), RH Dellin Betances (3-6, 3.08), RH Tyler Clippard (3-6, 3.57), LH Tommy Layne (2-0, 3.38), LH Chasen Shreve (2-1, 5.18)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and right field. The starter's competition is not urgent ' the Yankees have five off-days in the first month of the season ' but it's interesting nonetheless. Green, Cessa, Warren and Mitchell combined to make 22 major league starts last season. None had an outstanding spring training, so the Yankees might choose to divide the load again. Some will go to Triple-A, others to the bullpen. Someone named Aaron (Judge or Hicks) will be the Yankees' right fielder this season. If either falters, Tyler Austin or Rob Refsnyder could seize their at-bats.
Outlook: The Yankees will employ fewer past-their-prime position players in 2017 than any season this decade. Is their next generation of homegrown talent ready to take over? Sanchez is the most advanced prospect ' the catcher hit 20 home runs in 53 games as a rookie ' but beyond him lies several question marks. Greg Bird, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Judge and Austin (who was stalled in camp by a foot injury) will get a chance once they're ready. The pitching staff is led by Tanaka and the ferocious bullpen combo of Chapman, Betances and Clippard. But depth is a real question mark, and there are no blue-chip prospects at Triple-A waiting for their moment.
|MINNESOTA: 2016: 59-103, fifth place.
Manager: Paul Molitor (third season).
He's Here: C Jason Castro, RHP Matt Belisle, SS Ehire Adrianza, LHP Craig Breslow.
He's Outta Here: 3B Trevor Plouffe, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Pat Light.
Projected lineup: 2B Brian Dozier (.268, 42, 99, 18/20 SBs), RF Max Kepler (.235, 17, 63), CF Byron Buxton (.225, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 118 Ks in 298 ABs), 1B Joe Mauer (.261, 11, 49), 3B Miguel Sano (.236, 25, 66, 178 Ks in 437 ABs), DH Kennys Vargas (.230, 10, 20 in 152 ABs), LF Eddie Rosario (.269, 10, 32), C Jason Castro (.210, 11, 32 with Houston), SS Jorge Polanco (.282, 4, 27 in 245 ABs).
Rotation: RH Ervin Santana (7-11, 3.38 ERA, 149 Ks), RH Phil Hughes (1-7, 5.95, 11 HRs, 11 starts), LH Hector Santiago (3-6, 5.58, 13 HRs, 11 starts after trade with Angels), RH Kyle Gibson (6-11, 5.07, 1.561 WHIP), LH Adalberto Mejia (rookie).
Key relievers: RH Brandon Kintzler (0-2, 3.15, 17/20 saves), RH Matt Belisle (0-0, 1.76 in 40 games for Nationals), RH Ryan Pressly (6-7, 3.70, 1 save in 72 games), LH Taylor Rogers (3-1, 3.96, 64 Ks in 57 games), LH Craig Breslow (0-2, 4.50 in 15 games for Marlins).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. The resuscitation of a team with the worst record in the majors last season must begin with starting pitching that ranked 30th out of 30 in wins (37), ERA (5.39) and strikeouts (655). Hughes, Santiago, Gibson and Berrios will all be counted on to make 2016 the aberration and not the standard. Adding Castro, who has a strong reputation for game calling and pitch framing, probably can't hurt. There's enough depth in the group at least to give the Twins a chance to return to respectability as new baseball chief Derek Falvey continues to try to revamp organizational philosophy and process for the long term. The bullpen appears more vulnerable than the rotation, despite being bolstered by the addition of the veteran Belisle. Three-time All-Star closer Glen Perkins is still working his way back from surgery last year to repair a torn labrum and will likely land on the disabled list to start the season. Kintzler fared well in his place, but doesn't have a track record.
Outlook: The Twins ranked a respectable sixth in the American League in total bases and eighth in OPS despite their abysmal record last year. Buxton's sparkling September, following a second straight frustrating summer, restored his and the club's confidence in the 2012 second overall draft pick. Dozier probably hit his power ceiling in 2016, but if Buxton and Sano can strike out less and get on base more there's the potential in place for a productive offense. Vargas hit his way back into contention for the DH spot with a decent finish to 2016, but the pressure is on him to prove he's worth a spot in the lineup with a strong performance this spring by Park, who struggled badly to adjust to major league pitching in his arrival from South Korea last year.
|Twins call on veteran Colon for start against Yankees|
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was just trying to make small talk with his newest starting pitcher as Bartolo Colon showed up at Target Field on Monday and had a brief workout.
Unlike most occasions with new players, Molitor has a background with Colon. In fact, Molitor's final major league game was on Sept. 27, 1998, against the Cleveland Indians with Colon on the mound. Molitor was 1-for-3 that day against the right-hander and 2-for-8 all-time.
As Colon prepares to start Tuesday against the New York Yankees in his Twins debut, he and Molitor shared some memories.
"We reminisced a little bit about how many teams he's played for," Molitor said. "I asked him if he remembered facing me. He said, 'Yeah, I broke three of your bats.' I said, 'I don't remember that part of the story, but thank you.' 'Yeah, two-seamer, right on your hands.' I trust his memory more than mine."
Such is the career and stories of Colon, 44.
Colon (2-8, 8.14 ERA) will start Tuesday against 25-year-old Yankees right-hander Luis Cessa (0-3, 4.18).
Colon is set to appear for a 10th different major league team. His opponent is one of his former clubs. Colon pitched one season for the Yankees, going 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA in 2011.
"I know it kind of defies logic," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Colon still pitching at age 44. "But Bartolo's mechanics have always been pretty simple. His control has been really good. He uses more pitches now than he did before. He uses his breaking ball and changeup more now than he did before. I think in this day that if anyone is pitching at 44, you're surprised. But if you were to say someone is, I'm not surprised it's Bartolo."
Minnesota is hoping Colon can just add a bit of stability to a rotation that has featured a revolving door behind All-Star Ervin Santana, emerging right-hander Jose Berrios and rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia.
Colon was signed to a minor league contract on July 7 after being released by the Atlanta Braves following a disappointing 13-game run this season. Colon made one minor league appearance, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, before the Twins decided to give the right-hander a shot in their rotation.
Colon, who is 6-7 with a 5.69 ERA all-time against the Yankees, will become the oldest starter ever for Minnesota.
"He knows how to pitch," Santana told the St. Paul Pioneer Press of his former Los Angeles Angels teammate and new Twins teammate. "He knows how to throw strikes. He doesn't go out there trying to walk everybody. He's just got an idea from all the years he's been pitching. He will give our team a chance to win every time."
In his last major league start, Colon surrendered six runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings for Atlanta in a 7-4 loss at San Diego on June 28.
Facing New York's potent lineup, the Twins have expectations a bit in check.
"I think anybody that you throw out there to start a game for you, you think of a chance each and every time that you're going to get a quality start," Molitor said. "He hasn't pitched a lot the last, roughly, three weeks other than his Rochester outing. But I do think if he's doing his thing that he can possibly get through five or six innings. It's just a matter of him being able to get enough outs and keep the score down, and hopefully he's got a chance to put himself into position to help us win and maybe get one for himself."
The Yankees, meanwhile, are trying to get their offense going after the All-Star break. They have scored 13 runs in five games, losing three times. New York dropped the opener of the three-game series in Minnesota 4-2 on Monday.
"You wonder if during the break, some guys kind of got out of rhythm a little bit," Girardi said after the Monday loss. "The only way to get back into rhythm is to keep playing. Even though we only scored two runs, I thought we swung the bat a lot better than that tonight."
Like Colon, Cessa will be officially recalled before Tuesday's game. He has been at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since the All-Star break and will be on regular rest for the start.
In his three major league starts this season, Cessa is 0-3 with a 5.93 ERA. He has allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings against the Twins in his career.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 11:12:20 PM EST|