|NY YANKEES ( HUGHES )|
DETROIT ( SCHERZER )
|969||NY YANKEES||+155||Ov 8,-105||+175||Ov 8,+100|
|970||DETROIT||-165||Un 8,-115||-185||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-1.2||2-1||3.7||0.240||0.298||5.7||0.301||0.357|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-2.3||3-1||3.2||0.225||0.291||6.2||0.308||0.381|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||-1||2-2||4.0||0.246||0.313||4.0||0.221||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||-1||2-2||4.0||0.246||0.313||4.0||0.221||0.315|
|4/5/2013||NOVA(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-8||L||170||8 ov||O||6||6||0||9||5||0|
|4/6/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|4/7/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|4/8/2013||KURODA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MYERS(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/1/2013||VERLANDER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||4-2||W||-170||7 un||U||9||8||0||8||12||1|
|4/3/2013||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||2-3||L||-155||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||8||0|
|4/4/2013||PORCELLO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||2-8||L||-145||8.5 un||O||8||10||0||10||6||2|
|4/5/2013||FISTER(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||8-3||W||-180||8 ov||O||9||5||0||6||6||0|
|4/6/2013||SCHERZER(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|4/7/2013||VERLANDER(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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.
|DETROIT: HITTING: OF AUSTIN JACKSON doesn't make much contact, but manager Jim Leyland likes his speed in the leadoff spot. RYAN RABURN and RAMON SANTIAGO will split second base duties, with Raburn getting the majority of the starts. 3B MIGUEL CABRERA seems to have cleaned up his act. He's an MVP candidate. So is newcomer 1B PRINCE FIELDER who will try to keep slugging in his move to a pitchers' park. His presence was needed after DH VICTOR MARTINEZ was lost for the season with a knee injury. OF DELMON YOUNG is a pending free agent, and he hit well after escaping spacious Target Field. He'll nab the starting LF job but could also DH. OF BRENNAN BOESCH did enough pre-injury to earn an everyday role, but he'll again be in danger of fading over the summer. SS JHONNY PERALTA had a resurgence in 2011, and he's on the right side of 30. C ALEX AVILA might not hit for average, but his power is legit. Leyland favorite BRANDON INGE and DON KELLY will back up the All-Star corner infielders, so neither expect to get much playing time. Streaky OF ANDY DIRKS is a fourth outfielder. C GERALD LAIRD will spell Avila. |
STARTING PITCHING: You can't expect an identical stat line for JUSTIN VERLANDER; his opponent .236 batting average on balls in play suggests there was some luck involved in his MVP season. But he's still the best pitcher in the American League by a wide margin. DOUG FISTER's improved strikeout rate with the Tigers suggests he could sustain success as a quality No. 2 starter. MAX SCHERZER can still be outstanding when he's on, but he was inconsistent again last year. He could figure it out in his late-20s, but time is running out. RICK PORCELLO still has a ways to go. His mid-season success came against some weak lineups. He's still only 23, but he hasn't been able to beat hitters at any level in the pros. The Tigers are still searching for a No. 5 starter. Top prospect JACOB TURNER is only 20, but the Tigers haven't been shy about fast-tracking young arms. He was dominant in the minors, but torched in his first big-league stint. ANDY OLIVER appears to be the front-runner for this role, but DREW SMYLY is also a possibility.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOSE VALVERDE was perfect in 2011, but it was a surprising development considering his sliding K/BB ratio. For Tigers fans, he carries more risk than 49-for-49 would suggest. One of baseball's better set-up men, JOAQUIN BENOIT is an eighth-inning-only guy. He'd take over if Valverde got hurt. OCTAVIO DOTEL is another elite set-up man who will step up as the seventh-inning guy. As good as AL ALBURQUERQUE was in the regular season (one extra-base hit'a double'allowed in 43.1 innings!), he's out until at least the All-Star break after offseason elbow surgery. Lefty DANIEL SCHLERETH has a chance to be the closer of the future, but first he'll need to cut down on the walks.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS Cabrera to third baseman)
*Yankees-Tigers Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (1-2) at Detroit (1-2), 4:05 p.m. EDT
With injuries mounting, the New York Yankees continue to search for offense as they try to avoid their worst start in seven years.
Finding some may again prove difficult when they face the Max Scherzer and the host Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
With their lineup ravaged by injuries, the Yankees have expectedly struggled to score. New York (1-3) has managed 10 runs and is batting .225 after an 8-3 loss to the Tigers on Friday.
Manager Joe Girardi said Friday that Derek Jeter may not return until next month, while Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and outfielder Curtis Granderson remain out for an extended period.
Making matters worse, Eduardo Nunez - Jeter's replacement at shortstop - is day-to-day after getting hit by a pitch in the fourth inning Friday. Jayson Nix filled in the rest of the way and could start at short Saturday.
"I feel sad about myself and my teammates, the injuries are coming to this team so fast," Nunez said.
The Yankees haven't started 1-4 since 2006, when they went on to win the AL East and tied for the best record in baseball at 97-65.
"I still believe we have a team that can go out and play well and win games," Girardi said.
However, avoiding matching that five-game mark of seven years ago my prove difficult against Scherzer, who makes his season debut after allowing one run and striking out 20 in 15 2-3 innings during spring training.
Scherzer has given the Yankees a difficult time even when they've had their stars in the lineup. He's 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 35 1-3 innings in six career starts against them.
Ten of those strikeouts came in 5 2-3 innings of an 8-1 victory Oct. 18 that wrapped up the Tigers' ALCS sweep of the Yankees.
New Yankee Travis Hafner is batting .368 with a home run against the right-hander, and he's off to a good start with a .308 average (4 for 13) and a homer in four games.
Fellow newcomer Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run home run Friday and is batting .375 on the season. However, star second baseman Robinson Cano, off to a 2 for 15 start, is 2 for 11 against Scherzer.
The Yankees will get back one of their injured players in right-hander Phil Hughes, a surprise starter for this game. Hughes, who's been out since Feb. 18 with a bulging disk in his upper back, had been scheduled to make a rehab start in the minors Saturday, but he'll take the ball in Detroit instead with the Yankees needing pitching help.
Hughes' last outing of 2012 came at Comerica Park in Game 3 of the ALCS, when he was forced to leave after three innings with a stiff back. The right-hander has gone 4-5 with a 4.41 ERA in nine starts against the Tigers, including playoffs.
He may not be too thrilled to make his debut against third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who's 9 for 20 (.450) with four home runs and two doubles versus Hughes. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta is 8 for 17 (.471) with three doubles off of him.
Prince Fielder is 0 for 6 against Hughes, but he hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning Friday and added a two-run shot in the seventh. He had been off to a rough start, going 0 for 8 in his previous two games.
"I knew I was getting close," Fielder said.
Fielder has gone 6 for 12 in his last three regular-season home matchups with the Yankees.
Omar Infante, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter each went 2 for 4 on Friday. Infante and Jackson have opened the season on four-game hitting streaks.
"Hitting is contagious in general," said catcher Alex Avila, who added a solo homer.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 9:23:06 AM EST|