|TORONTO ( LAFFEY )|
NY YANKEES ( NOVA )
|965||TORONTO||+105||Ov 9,-110||+125||Ov 9,+100|
|966||NY YANKEES||-115||Un 9,-110||-135||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-10||-3.6||7-10||4.1||0.224||0.298||4.4||0.258||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||3-3||4.0||0.213||0.288||4.9||0.252||0.313|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-6||+1.8||7-5||5.5||0.288||0.345||4.3||0.291||0.349|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||2-3||4.0||0.240||0.284||4.1||0.239||0.292|
|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)||3-5||L||+100||8.5 ov||U||7||6||3||10||8||0|
|4/21/2013||JOHNSON(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||8-4||W||-150||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||11||9||1|
|4/22/2013||HAPP(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||1-2||L||110||8.5 un||U||4||6||1||5||9||0|
|4/23/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||3-4||L||-115||7.5 un||U||6||6||1||6||6||0|
|4/24/2013||MORROW(R)||@ BALTIMORE||STINSON(R)||6-5||W||-130||8.5 ov||O||8||7||2||8||7||0|
|4/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-5||L||125||8 un||P||7||5||0||9||6||1|
|4/26/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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||10||8||0||7||6||3|
|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)||4-3||W||170||7 un||P||9||5||0||7||4||0|
|4/24/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-3||L||125||7 un||U||4||4||1||8||8||0|
|5/3/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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.
|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 (TORONTO-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Yankees Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toronto (9-13) at New York (11-9), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Even without star Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees appear poised to continue their home success against the Toronto Blue Jays.
After the Yankees relied on the long ball to win the series opener while Jeter watched, they look for a fifth consecutive home victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night.
With the injured Jeter at Yankee Stadium on Thursday for the first time in 2013, New York (12-9) belted three homers en route to a 5-3 win over Toronto. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer, and ex-Blue Jay Vernon Wells and Francisco Cervelli added solo shots for the Yankees, who have started well despite being without Jeter until probably mid-July with a broken ankle.
"It's tough to not be around the team," said Jeter, who is expected to remain in New York for the Yankees' 10-game homestand.
Winners in 15 of 18 at home over Toronto, the Yankees have hit eight of their 31 home runs this season while taking three of four from the Blue Jays (9-14).
Cano is batting .353 (12 for 34) with three home runs and six RBIs in the last eight games. He's 17 for 34 while hitting safely in eight straight versus the Blue Jays.
Three of Wells' nine hits in his last 27 at-bats have been home runs - all while going 8 for 19 (.421) versus Toronto.
"(Wells has) got new life going over there," said Toronto manager John Gibbons, who was ejected in the seventh inning arguing a call Thursday. "He's a very intelligent guy and you know he's motivated."
Scheduled starters Ivan Nova (1-1, 6.14 ERA) and Josh Johnson (0-1, 6.86) each hope for a better effort than Sunday when they squared off but did not factor in the decision of Toronto's 8-4 win.
Nova allowed four runs, seven hits and walked four in five innings. The right-hander has failed to last more than five innings in three starts.
"He'll throw one pitch down and away and the next pitch will be up and in," catcher Chris Stewart told the Yankees' official website. "You have to be able to repeat what you need to do and if you don't, you're going to get in trouble."
Nova is 3-1 with a 4.24 ERA in seven starts versus Toronto, including 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts at Yankee Stadium.
Johnson also yielded four runs, plus eight hits in 5 1-3 innings Sunday.
"For the first four innings, everything felt good," Johnson told the Blue Jays' official website. "It seems like it happens a couple of times a year where you just all of a sudden can't find the zone for whatever reason."
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts versus New York, but has never pitched in the Bronx.
Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie each homered Thursday for the Blue Jays, who have scored 11 of their 12 runs over the last three games off seven homers.
Encarnacion has homered in three straight games. His two-run shot Thursday is his lone hit in 25 at-bats in seven games against the Yankees.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 6:35:50 AM EST|