|907||NY YANKEES||-110||Ov 8.5,-105||-105||Ov 8.5,+115|
|908||CLEVELAND||+100||Un 8.5,-115||-105||Un 8.5,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-3||+1.7||5-1||6.7||0.294||0.352||4.6||0.303||0.371|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||5-1||6.7||0.294||0.352||4.6||0.303||0.371|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||+1||1-3||3.2||0.225||0.323||5.0||0.231||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.8||4-3||4.4||0.256||0.324||6.7||0.265||0.345|
|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)||4-8||L||175||8 un||O||6||6||2||17||11||0|
|4/7/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||7-0||W||182||7 ov||P||13||8||0||8||11||0|
|4/8/2013||KURODA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||11-6||W||110||8.5 un||O||13||5||0||9||10||1|
|4/9/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||14-1||W||-120||8 un||O||18||7||0||7||8||2|
|4/11/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|4/12/2013||SABATHIA(L)||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/2/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||4-1||W||165||8.5 ov||U||7||7||1||4||6||0|
|4/3/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||3-2||W||160||9 un||U||10||10||0||5||5||1|
|4/4/2013||MYERS(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||8-10||L||175||9 ov||O||14||10||2||9||6||1|
|4/5/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-4||L||145||7.5 un||U||2||4||1||7||3||0|
|4/6/2013||BAUER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-6||L||150||8 un||U||5||6||0||9||12||0|
|4/7/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||13-0||W||180||7 un||O||17||6||0||4||8||0|
|4/8/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||6-11||L||-120||8.5 un||O||9||10||1||13||5||0|
|4/9/2013||CARRASCO(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||1-14||L||+110||8 un||O||7||8||2||18||7||0|
|4/11/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|4/12/2013||MASTERSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|4/13/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|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.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Indians Preview* =========================
New York (4-4) at Cleveland (3-5), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees have somehow battered three Cleveland Indians starters in two games of this series.
The Indians can only hope a day away from the ballpark helped cool off the red-hot Cano and the visiting Yankees in Thursday night's finale of this abbreviated three-game set.
New York (4-4) has amassed eight homers among 25 runs and 31 hits in this series originally scheduled for four games before Wednesday's contest was postponed. Cano is 7 for 10 with three homers and seven RBIs in the first two games.
The superstar second baseman hit two solo homers in an 11-6 victory Monday. He added a homer and two doubles among his four hits Tuesday in a 14-1 rout, the Yankees' most lopsided win in Cleveland since an 18-1 victory in 1931.
"When he hits the ball hard, it's usually for extra bases and drives people in," manager Joe Girardi said. "It does take some pressure off. I've seen him hit some balls in the last two days, I don't know how you can hit them any harder."
The Yankees reached Ubaldo Jimenez for seven runs over 4 1-3 innings Monday. That's the same number of runs Carlos Carrasco was charged with Tuesday over 3 2-3 innings before he was ejected for hitting Kevin Youkilis in the shoulder - one pitch after giving up a homer to Cano.
Indians manager Terry Francona did not believe the plunking of Youkilis - who played for Francona in Boston - was intentional. Carrasco apologized.
"It didn't look good," Francona said. "I understand the umpire's viewpoint. I think if you look at the video, he slipped. If you're on the other side, I understand it. But that's what happened."
Francona brought in Brett Myers to replace Carrasco. Myers, originally scheduled to start Wednesday night, also gave up seven runs over 5 1-3 innings.
Eleven of New York's 18 hits Tuesday went for extra bases. Brett Gardner was 4 for 5 with three runs and Youkilis, Ichiro Suzuki, Lyle Overbay and pinch-hitter Brennan Boesch were the other Yankees to homer besides Cano.
Asdrubal Cabrera's sixth-inning homer was all Cleveland (3-5) could muster in reply. It helped the Indians avoid their third shutout loss of the season.
Nick Swisher has gone 3 for 6 with two walks for the Indians in his first games against his former club.
Ivan Nova has been skipped in favor of Phil Hughes (0-1, 6.75 ERA) as New York's starter Thursday. Hughes yielded four runs over four-plus innings Saturday in an 8-4 loss at Detroit.
Hughes' 7.03 career ERA in April is his highest in any month. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five starts versus Cleveland, with Cabrera 4 for 9 against him.
The Indians will turn to Zach McAllister (0-1, 3.00), who gave up four runs over six innings Friday in a 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay.
McAllister has never faced the Yankees, who traded the right-hander to Cleveland on Aug. 20, 2010, to complete a deal earlier that season involving Austin Kearns. He never pitched for New York.
The Yankees' last three-game sweep in Cleveland was Aug. 10-12, 2007.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 10:58:11 AM EST|