|NY YANKEES ( PETTITTE )|
BALTIMORE ( CHEN )
|AL Division Series - Best of 5 - Game 2 - NY Leads 1-0|
|919||NY YANKEES||-135||Ov 8,-105||-135||Ov 8,+105|
|920||BALTIMORE||+125||Un 8,-115||+125||Un 8,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||37-24||+5.1||33-28||5.4||0.267||0.343||4.3||0.253||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.2||5-2||8.1||0.343||0.422||3.1||0.237||0.302|
|vs Left-handed Starters||27-19||+10.8||21-25||4.0||0.246||0.309||4.5||0.250||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||2-4||3.1||0.197||0.232||3.3||0.220||0.280|
|9/24/2012||PETTITTE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HENDRIKS(R)||6-3||W||-165||9 ov||P||10||6||0||10||6||0|
|9/25/2012||HUGHES(R)||@ MINNESOTA||VASQUEZ(R)||4-5||L||-190||9 ov||P||9||5||0||8||5||0|
|9/26/2012||SABATHIA(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||8-2||W||-235||7.5 un||O||11||6||0||7||6||0|
|9/27/2012||NOVA(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||0-6||L||-130||9 un||U||5||7||0||10||6||0|
|9/28/2012||KURODA(R)||@ TORONTO||JENKINS(R)||11-4||W||-185||9 ev||O||13||8||0||12||11||1|
|9/29/2012||PETTITTE(L)||@ TORONTO||ROMERO(L)||2-3||L||-180||8.5 un||U||9||10||0||7||6||2|
|9/30/2012||HUGHES(R)||@ TORONTO||ALVAREZ(R)||9-6||W||-160||9 un||O||15||9||0||10||8||1|
|10/7/2012||SABATHIA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||7-2||W||-160||7.5 un||O||10||8||1||8||7||1|
|10/8/2012||PETTITTE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|10/1/2012||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-5||L||130||7.5 ov||O||6||5||1||7||5||1|
|10/2/2012||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SHIELDS(R)||1-0||W||130||7.5 un||U||2||1||0||2||5||0|
|10/3/2012||TILLMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||1-4||L||-115||7 un||U||3||5||0||6||2||0|
|10/5/2012||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||5-1||W||210||9 un||U||8||6||1||9||8||1|
|10/7/2012||HAMMEL(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-7||L||+150||7.5 un||O||8||7||1||10||8||1|
|10/8/2012||CHEN(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|10/10/2012||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|NY YANKEES: HITTING: Despite his decline from mediocrity into downright counter-productivity, SS DEREK JETER gets to hit atop the best lineup in baseball. Off an MVP-caliber season, OF CURTIS GRANDERSON is a true star. His average is mediocre, but his power is elite and the Yankees are letting him run when on base. After two years with a sub-.260 average, 1B MARK TEIXEIRA's talent seems to be fading. He still puts up huge power numbers playing in a bandbox. Coming off knee and thumb injuries, 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ is a serious injury risk hitting in the middle of this lineup. 2B ROBINSON CANO will once again see as many RBI chances as anyone. He's been great in those situations the past two seasons. OFs NICK SWISHER and BRETT GARDNER offer power and SBs, respectively, though the Yankees may look to upgrade if they continue to post lackluster numbers. C RUSSELL MARTIN will get plenty of playing time now that Jesus Montero is in Seattle. Veteran slugger RAUL IBANEZ is the new DH in town, and will love hitting towards the short porch in right at Yankee Stadium. |
STARTING PITCHING: CC SABATHIA struggled late last year and has logged a ridiculous number of innings over the past five years. He's a top-10 starter in the majors, but is starting to pass his prime. Newcomers HIROKI KURODA and MICHAEL PINEDA will both stabilize what was a shaky rotation last year. Kuroda, 37, posted a 3.07 ERA with the Dodgers and the 23-year-old Pineda has unlimited upside, fanning 173 batters in 171 innings with Seattle last season. IVAN NOVA benefitted from nearly nine runs of support per game. He keeps the ball down often enough to thrive in the Bronx, just without many strikeouts. PHIL HUGHES' stuff has regressed greatly since his days as a top prospect. He's trying to overcome conditioning problems this offseason. MANNY BANUELOS and DELLIN BETANCES are great prospects who may get a chance to start MLB games later this season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Trust MARIANO RIVERA to stay dominant until proven wrong. He was better in 2011 than he was in 2010 despite some velocity slippage. DAVID ROBERTSON has a firm hold on eighth-inning duties after an All-Star season. He's second in line for saves. RAFAEL SORIANO wasn't a total bust, as he did just fine after a rough April. He's settled into the seventh-inning role since Robertson is more trusted that he is. After Tommy John surgery, JOBA CHAMBERLAIN is aiming to be back this June. Middle reliever CORY WADE was reliable last year, and has a chance to rack up some vulture wins if he keeps going strong.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Orioles Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
New York (95-67) at Baltimore (93-69), 8:07 p.m. EDT
After coming out of retirement and dealing with a lengthy recovery from injury, the New York Yankees' Andy Pettitte was hoping to have another opportunity to do what he's done countless times before, earn a victory in the postseason.
The 40-year-old left-hander will get that chance Monday night and will try to help his club take a decisive lead in its AL division series against a team he's beaten more than any other over his career, the Baltimore Orioles.
While he's been undoubtedly helped by an expanded postseason, Pettitte has also done enough to beat out his contemporaries for the all-time lead in playoff wins with 19, four more than John Smoltz. His 42 starts are seven more than second-place Tom Glavine.
It appeared that he was done adding to those totals after retiring in February 2011, but the Yankees signed him to a minor league contract in March and brought him up from the minors two months later.
The 245-game winner went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts this season but missed nearly three months after taking a line drive off his left leg during a start against Cleveland on June 27 and breaking his fibula near the junction with the ankle.
"A lot of ups and downs, a roller coaster for sure, but in the end we got to where we want to be, we're in the position we wanted to be in," he said. "This is what I was hoping to have the opportunity to do, and so that's exciting for me personally. All in all, it's been a good year so far. Hopefully we can continue to do this."
Pettitte went 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in three starts after returning on Sept. 19 and will try to continue that success while pitching in a familiar spot. The left-hander has started 15 times in the second game of a playoff series, eight more than in any other contest.
He's won in four of his last six such outings and will try to add another victory against a club he's dominated over his career. Pettitte is 28-6 in 42 starts and two other appearances against Baltimore, including two in the 1996 AL championship series. He's also 15-2 with a 2.97 ERA over his last 21 starts versus the Orioles and has won seven consecutive decisions.
If he can extend that streak, the Yankees will head back home with a 2-0 lead and have a chance to sweep Wednesday. They are in that position thanks to a late outburst in Sunday's series opener.
Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking homer off major league saves leader Jim Johnson in the ninth inning and the Yankees scored four more times after that in a 7-2 win.
Ichiro Suzuki went 2 for 5 with two RBIs in his first postseason contest in 11 years and extended his hit streak in Baltimore to 20 games.
"A well-pitched game on both sides, and we were fortunate enough to get to a very, very good closer tonight. Our guys put some good at\2011bats on him, but it was an outstanding game," New York manager Joe Girardi said.
In his playoff debut, Wei-Yin Chen will try to help the Orioles bounce back and end his recent struggles.
The rookie left-hander from Taiwan, who made his major league debut against the Yankees at Camden Yards on April 10, wound up being a pleasant surprise for Baltimore as he was the only player with double-digit victories (12) this season.
Chen, though, was 0-4 with a 5.05 ERA over his final six regular season starts, including back-to-back losses to New York to open September. He matched a career high by giving up seven runs over 4 2-3 innings in the latter of those Sept. 7 in Baltimore.
Chen is 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA in four starts against the Yankees but was 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in the first two matchups. He yielded two runs and four hits over seven innings during a 5-2 home win May 15.
"It's been a great year to me and to the Orioles, too, and I'm so lucky to be here. I want to give everything to the fans and everything to the city of Baltimore, not only for me," he said through an interpreter.
While he's a MLB postseason newcomer, Chen made 10 starts in the Japanese playoffs and two in the 2008 Olympics for Chinese Taipei.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:58:34 PM EST|