|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )
|917||TORONTO||+155||Ov 8,-115||+150||Ov 7.5,-105|
|918||NY YANKEES||-165||Un 8,-105||-160||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-4||-4.2||3-2||2.2||0.221||0.249||7.2||0.294||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||3-3||4.0||0.223||0.299||4.4||0.237||0.322|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-3||+3.6||2-5||3.6||0.209||0.286||3.9||0.235||0.280|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||2-3||3.6||0.224||0.292||4.1||0.249||0.304|
|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||LAFFEY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||4-6||L||130||9 ev||O||10||7||0||6||9||0|
|4/27/2013||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||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|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||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* ===========================
Toronto (9-14) at New York (12-9), 4:05 p.m. EDT
CC Sabathia will be forced to have a new batterymate Saturday for the New York Yankees.
Sabathia hasn't been caught by anyone this year besides Francisco Cervelli, whose long-term injury is the latest blow for the Yankees heading into this home matchup against surging Edwin Encarnacion and the Toronto Blue Jays.
New York (13-9) has taken the first two of this four-game set, but the injury-plagued club will now have to carry on without its starting catcher. Cervelli will miss a minimum of six weeks after breaking his right hand in Friday's 6-4 victory.
"It's disappointing, and I know it's really disappointing for him because of all that he's been through to get to this point," manager Joe Girardi said.
Starter Ivan Nova also left with pain in his right elbow. He and Cervelli could join a long list of Yankees on the disabled list that may soon also include Kevin Youkilis, who was not available for the sixth straight game because of lower back tightness.
Chris Stewart replaced Cervelli on Friday. The Yankees will bring up catching prospect Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
Sabathia (3-2, 3.34 ERA) will work with one of them as he tries to improve to 9-1 over an 11-start span against Toronto (9-15). He is 6-1 with a 2.43 ERA in eight starts against the Blue Jays since joining the Yankees.
The left-hander had a three-game win streak snapped Monday when he gave up season highs of three homers and five runs over seven innings in a 5-1 defeat at Tampa Bay.
Encarnacion will try to homer for a fifth straight game for the first time. He's 8 for 32 with no homers and seven strikeouts against Sabathia.
The slugger has eight RBIs in his last four games, with three homers and four RBIs in this series in which the teams have combined to go deep nine times.
Toronto's Jose Bautista, meanwhile, is 1 for 19 with eight strikeouts against Sabathia. The struggling Bautista hit his sixth homer Friday and is batting .185.
The Blue Jays have dropped four of five, with every defeat by one or two runs.
"Basically what's happening is we're playing good enough to lose, we're not playing good enough to win," manager John Gibbons said.
Toronto is 1-4 when opponents start left-handers. Maicer Izturis is 7 for 18 against Sabathia while Adam Lind is 7 for 15, but he's been away on paternity leave the past three games.
The only current Blue Jays batter to homer off Sabathia is former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera.
Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie is 8 for 20 against New York this year and 0 for 19 against other teams. He's 1 for 7 against Sabathia.
The Yankees have won three straight when opponents start left-handers after victories in this series with Mark Buehrle and fill-in starter Aaron Laffey going for the Blue Jays ahead of fellow southpaw J.A. Happ (2-1, 3.68) on Saturday.
Happ went 2-0 despite a 6.75 ERA in two 2012 starts against New York, although he limited Robinson Cano to a homer in six at-bats.
Cano is batting .474 during a nine-game hitting streak against Toronto, which issued a season-high 10 walks Friday.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 10:36:05 AM EST|