|NY YANKEES ( HUGHES )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )
|921||NY YANKEES||+140||Ov 7.5,-110||+160||Ov 7,-105|
|922||TAMPA BAY||-150||Un 7.5,-110||-170||Un 7,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-3||-0.2||1-5||2.8||0.190||0.256||4.2||0.233||0.282|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.1||2-5||4.1||0.247||0.305||4.4||0.243||0.290|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-9||-6.9||4-6||3.2||0.207||0.289||4.8||0.245||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||3-2||5.4||0.267||0.333||3.1||0.196||0.267|
|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)||5-3||W||-110||8.5 ov||U||11||8||0||7||6||2|
|4/21/2013||NOVA(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||4-8||L||140||8.5 un||O||11||9||1||11||7||0|
|4/22/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-5||L||120||7 un||U||2||4||1||7||3||1|
|4/23/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||1-6||L||115||10.5 un||U||4||5||1||10||8||0|
|4/10/2013||MOORE(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||2-0||W||110||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||5||10||1|
|4/13/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||1-2||L||110||8 un||U||6||7||1||7||8||0|
|4/14/2013||COBB(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||0-5||L||125||8.5 un||U||3||5||1||8||5||0|
|4/15/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||2-3||L||135||8.5 un||U||4||3||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)||4-5||L||110||9 un||P||6||7||1||6||6||0|
|4/17/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||6-2||W||-120||8 ev||P||11||7||0||5||8||0|
|4/18/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||6-10||L||-130||7.5 ov||O||11||9||0||14||3||1|
|4/22/2013||MOORE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-1||W||-130||7 un||U||7||3||1||2||4||1|
|4/23/2013||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|4/25/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||MOORE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||PRICE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Rays Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
New York (10-7) at Tampa Bay (8-10), 7:10 p.m. EDT
David Price's start to the season hasn't been at all what most expected after he won last year's AL Cy Young Award.
Perhaps facing the New York Yankees - who have struggled against left-handers - can help him turn things around as the Tampa Bay Rays seek a fifth straight victory Tuesday night.
The Rays (9-10) opened the three-game series at Tropicana Field with a 5-1 win Monday night as starter Matt Moore was dominant, allowing one run on two hits over eight innings. Meanwhile, they roughed up CC Sabathia for five runs on seven hits, including three home runs, while seizing their 12th home victory over the Yankees in 14 tries.
Price (0-1, 6.26 ERA) didn't go longer than six innings in any of his four starts. His early struggles come after a season in which he went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA.
He threw six innings at Baltimore on Thursday, surrendering five runs on eight hits.
"It's a frustrating time for myself and this team right now," Price said. "I play this game to win, and most importantly, I want our team to win every fifth day when it's my time to pitch. I'm not helping the team right now so I'll have to make some adjustments and find what works."
Price fared well in his final three outings against the Yankees last season, going 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 19 innings.
New York's struggles against the left-handed Moore on Monday were the continuation of an early trend. The Yankees are hitting .190 off lefties with far more strikeouts (54) than hits (42). They whiffed nine times against Moore.
Perhaps Tampa Bay's recent stellar pitching will also rub off on Price. The Rays have held opponents to two runs on eight hits over the last three contests.
"A lot of it is just feeding off each other," Moore said.
Accounting for both New York hits in the opener was Robinson Cano, who didn't seem particularly affected by a report Monday that linked a spokeswoman for his foundation to an anti-aging clinic under investigation by MLB. Cano, whom the woman said never received anything from the clinic, hit his sixth home run in the defeat.
"It has nothing to do with me," said Cano, hitting .333 with a team-leading 14 RBIs. "I'm just going to keep playing my game."
The Yankees (10-8) were without third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who missed his second straight game due to lower back stiffness. Lyle Overbay started in his place and went 0 for 3.
"It might be a couple more days," manager Joe Girardi said of Youkilis. "We'll see how he is (Tuesday)."
New York will give the ball to right-hander Phil Hughes (0-2, 6.43 ERA), who is also trying to iron things out after a shaky start. But his last outing seemed to be a step in the right direction, as he gave up two runs - both solo homers - and six hits in seven innings at Arizona on Thursday.
"I felt more like myself, being aggressive, attacking hitters," Hughes told the team's official website. "The first couple of starts I was being a little timid and felt out of sorts. I certainly felt like I was back to doing what I do."
Hughes is 3-4 with a 4.17 ERA in seven starts against Tampa Bay. Yunel Escobar is 7 for 16 off of him while Matt Joyce is 5 of 11. Ben Zobrist is hitless in 12 at-bats.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 12:58:25 AM EST|