|BOSTON ( DEMPSTER )|
NY YANKEES ( PETTITTE )
|967||BOSTON||+105||Ov 8,-120||+105||Ov 8,+100|
|968||NY YANKEES||-115||Un 8,+100||-115||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-0||+1||1-0||8.0||0.325||0.437||2.0||0.182||0.270|
|Past 7 Games||2-0||+2.1||2-0||7.5||0.329||0.411||3.0||0.221||0.284|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-1||-1.2||1-0||4.0||0.257||0.297||7.0||0.333||0.381|
|Past 7 Games||0-2||-2.3||2-0||3.0||0.221||0.284||7.5||0.329||0.411|
|4/1/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||8-2||W||100||8 un||O||13||13||0||6||8||0|
|4/3/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||7-4||W||110||7.5 un||O||13||10||0||9||7||1|
|4/4/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BOSTON-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Yankees Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Boston (1-0) at New York (0-1), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Boston Red Sox likely couldn't have pictured the season starting any better than it has, particularly after disastrous starting pitching derailed them last year.
With a shot at an opening-series sweep of the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Thursday night, they'll look to a new addition to their staff in hopes of another strong outing.
Boston seeks its first 3-0 start since beginning 5-0 in 1999, already with road wins against the Yankees in the first two games of the season for the first time since 1935.
Red Sox starters combined to go 48-72 last year with a 5.19 ERA that ranked 27th in baseball - a huge reason for the team's 69-93 record and last place finish in the AL East. But Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have combined for a 2.25 ERA over 12 innings in 8-2 and 7-4 victories over the Yankees on Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
Still, Lester and Buchholz were the only two to throw more than 180 innings last year, so the club is anxious to see how new addition Ryan Dempster performs in his start Thursday.
Dempster, who signed a two-year deal with Boston in the offseason, struggled in 12 AL starts last year after being acquired by Texas. He went 7-3 despite a 5.09 ERA after recording a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts earlier in the season for the Cubs.
The Red Sox hope Dempster can be the same innings-eater he's proven to be over the course of his career, throwing 200 or more innings seven times in 15 seasons.
"I work extremely hard during the offseason and season to keep myself as healthy as possible so I can take on that workload," Dempster told the team's official website. "It's something I pride myself on."
With a roster already depleted by injuries, the Yankees caught another bad break in Wednesday's loss. Starter Hiroki Kuroda recorded just four outs before a Shane Victorino line drive bruised his middle finger, eventually forcing Kuroda out of the game. Kuroda, who tied Phil Hughes for the team lead in wins last year with 16, underwent X-rays and a CT scan that came back negative, though he was set to see a doctor Thursday.
New York certainly hopes it'll be able to keep him away from a lengthy and very expensive disabled list that already includes Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Hughes.
They'll look to 40-year-old Andy Pettitte to help them get on track as he takes the mound Thursday to begin his 15th season with the club. He's coming off a year in which he was limited to 12 starts due to a broken leg keeping him out for three months, though he went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts.
The Yankees didn't hold a lead at any point in their first two games for the first time since 1998 and are trying to avoid their second straight 0-3 start, though it didn't keep them from finishing with the AL's best record at 95-67.
"It's not unusual to lose two games in a row," manager Joe Girardi said. "It becomes somewhat glaring when it's the first two. We didn't get off to a good start last year and that worked out OK."
Thursday marks Pettitte's first start against Boston since Oct. 2, 2010. In his five most recent outings opposite Boston, he went 2-1 despite a 6.29 ERA.
Dempster has struggled in five career starts versus the Yankees, posting an 0-4 record with a 7.62 ERA.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:23:56 PM EST|