|NY YANKEES ( KURODA )|
TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )
|965||NY YANKEES||-105||Ov 9,+100||-110||Ov 8.5,-115|
|966||TORONTO||-105||Un 9,-120||+100||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-2||-0.2||1-3||2.7||0.195||0.272||4.2||0.242||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||1-6||4.3||0.259||0.324||3.1||0.241||0.262|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-6||-1.5||5-7||4.2||0.231||0.300||4.6||0.268||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||1-6||2.7||0.209||0.258||4.1||0.257||0.310|
|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|
|4/19/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||9-4||W||115||8 un||O||13||8||0||7||2||1|
|4/20/2013||KURODA(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|4/21/2013||NOVA(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|4/23/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/9/2013||MORROW(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||3-7||L||110||8 ev||O||8||6||1||15||12||0|
|4/10/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||8-6||W||125||9 un||O||12||8||1||11||9||0|
|4/11/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-11||L||125||8 un||O||9||9||0||16||11||0|
|4/12/2013||HAPP(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||8-4||W||-110||8 un||O||8||4||0||5||4||3|
|4/13/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-2||W||125||7.5 un||U||2||1||0||8||9||0|
|4/14/2013||MORROW(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-3||L||110||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||10||9||1|
|4/15/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||4-3||W||-120||8.5 ov||U||10||8||0||10||8||0|
|4/16/2013||JOHNSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-4||L||-150||9 un||U||9||5||0||5||6||0|
|4/17/2013||HAPP(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||0-7||L||-125||8.5 ev||U||6||8||0||11||5||0|
|4/18/2013||DICKEY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-1||W||-110||7.5 ev||U||4||2||0||4||3||2|
|4/19/2013||MORROW(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-9||L||-125||8 un||O||7||2||1||13||8||0|
|4/20/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/21/2013||JOHNSON(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|4/22/2013||HAPP(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||MORROW(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|4/27/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
New York (8-6) at Toronto (7-9), 1:07 p.m. EDT
While his name isn't likely to come up when discussing the game's best pitchers, Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant his last time out.
He'll try to build on his fifth career shutout Saturday as the surging New York Yankees continue a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
After compiling a 6.75 ERA through his first two turns in the rotation, Kuroda (2-1, 2.87 ERA) delivered a masterful performance Sunday in a 3-0 win over Baltimore, striking out five without a walk in a five-hitter. The right-hander recorded 18 groundball outs and didn't allow a runner past first base until Nick Markakis took second on a bouncer in the ninth inning.
"When I look at Hiroki, he's able to read swings, he's able to change speeds," manager Joe Girardi told MLB's official website. "He has pitches that he can freeze hitters on, certain fastballs; he can get them to swing and miss on his split and slider. He has a curveball that he goes to just to get them off balance. I think he really knows how to pitch."
Kuroda is 6-1 with a 3.68 ERA over his last 11 road starts dating to last year. The right-hander was tagged for a career worst-tying seven runs over five-plus innings of an 8-1 loss at Toronto on May 16, but he's posted a 1.46 ERA in winning his last two starts in the series.
While Colby Rasmus is just 2 for 18 with eight strikeouts against Kuroda, Jose Bautista is 2 for 5 with a pair of homers. Bautista missed the previous four games due to back spasms before going 1 for 3 with a two-run shot in Friday's 9-4 series-opening defeat.
Toronto (7-10) has now lost three off four and dropped to 4-7 at home, where it's gone a horrendous 4 for 53 (.075) with runners in scoring position.
"We can't get anything going. It hasn't come together yet," manager John Gibbons said. "I think it will, it's just a matter of time. But you know what, it's time to start playing better baseball, there's no question about it."
Travis Hafner, meanwhile, hit his fifth long ball and former Blue Jays Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells also went deep as New York posted its fourth consecutive road win. The Yankees (9-6), who have hit .354 and outscored opponents 41-11 over that stretch, have won eight of 10 overall.
"I'm not complaining and I don't hear anyone else complaining," Girardi said. "We've swung the bats really pretty well. We've hit a lot of home runs, we hit a bunch tonight. It's good to see."
New York will try to stay hot against Mark Buehrle (1-0, 7.31), who showed signs of coming around Monday against his former team. The left-hander allowed two runs and nine hits over 6 1-3 innings, earning the victory in a 4-3 win over the White Sox.
"I'm the same pitcher no matter what team, no matter what batters are in there," he said. "Just try to hit my spots, keep the ball down. My cutter was working a little bit better than it has. ... Just seemed like everything was working."
Buehrle, though, could be in for a long day if his efforts versus New York are any indication. He's 0-6 with a 9.00 ERA over his last eight starts against the Yankees, and his lifetime 6.38 ERA against them is his highest against any opponent.
He's had an especially rough time against Wells and Ichiro Suzuki, who are a combined 42 for 92 (.456) in their matchups. Robinson Cano has also fared well, going 6 for 14 with two homers.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 9:34:23 PM EST|