|BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )|
NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )
|967||BALTIMORE||+130||Ov 8,-110||+145||Ov 8,-110|
|968||NY YANKEES||-140||Un 8,-110||-155||Un 8,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-1||-0.3||1-1||5.0||0.286||0.359||4.0||0.175||0.242|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||4-3||5.0||0.253||0.331||4.0||0.220||0.292|
|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|
|4/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||7-4||W||150||7 un||O||13||8||1||6||2||0|
|4/3/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||7-8||L||125||7 ov||O||11||5||0||14||3||0|
|4/4/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-3||W||100||8 ev||O||9||7||0||7||4||0|
|4/8/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||1-3||L||135||9 ov||U||5||7||0||5||2||0|
|4/10/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||8-5||W||130||9 un||O||6||4||0||5||3||2|
|4/11/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||3-2||W||115||9 un||U||9||10||0||8||8||0|
|4/12/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/13/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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|
|4/14/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|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 (BALTIMORE-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Yankees Preview* =========================
Baltimore (4-4) at New York (4-4), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles battled for 162 games for the AL East title a season ago before going the distance in a memorable, closely contested division series.
CC Sabathia closed out the Orioles last year, and he'll be on the mound for New York when these rivals meet for the first time since the postseason Friday night in the opener of a weekend series at Yankee Stadium.
New York (4-4) took the division crown by two games over Baltimore after these teams were tied with three left.
The Orioles (5-4) trailed the Yankees by as many as 10 games before roaring back to create a final month of drama that was surpassed by New York's five-game division series victory over Baltimore.
The clubs split the first two games at Camden Yards before the Yankees took Game 3 in 12 innings, and the Orioles responded with a 13-inning victory the next night. That set the stage for Sabathia's four-hitter as he struck out nine in New York's 3-1 victory in Game 5.
Sabathia (1-1, 3.00 ERA) will try to help New York post a fourth straight victory. He was outstanding Sunday while outdueling Justin Verlander, allowing four hits over seven innings in a 7-0 victory at Detroit.
The left-hander went 0-2 with a 6.38 ERA in three 2012 regular-season outings against the Orioles before going 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 17 2-3 innings in two games during the division series.
J.J. Hardy had a team-high seven hits in 18 at-bats against Sabathia last year.
Sabathia is 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA in six career starts at Yankee Stadium against Baltimore, including the division series clincher.
The Yankees have had two unscheduled days off after the final two games of a four-game set in Cleveland were rained out. Robinson Cano went 7 for 10 with three homers and seven RBIs in the first two games.
The Orioles will arrive with a red-hot Adam Jones. The center fielder delivered the tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning of Thursday's 3-2 win at Boston, and he's hit safely in every game this season while going 18 for 39 (.462) with 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
"I'm not trying to do too much," said Jones, who was 2 for 23 in last year's division series. "I'm just trying to get the big hit when the team calls upon me and my number is called."
Chris Davis has cooled off, going 3 for 15 over his last five games with solo homers in the last two. He went 9 for 15 with four homers and 16 RBIs in Baltimore's 3-1 start.
The Orioles won two of three in all three regular-season series at New York last year after losing 25 of 31 in the Bronx prior to 2012.
Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 2.84) will start for Baltimore after allowing two runs over 6 1-3 innings last Thursday in a 6-3 victory at Tampa Bay in his season debut.
Gonzalez faced the Yankees three times as a rookie in 2012, all in the Bronx. He went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in the regular-season outings before yielding one run over seven innings in Game 3.
Cano is 0 for 9 with no walks against Gonzalez overall.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:49:35 PM EST|