|TORONTO ( DICKEY )|
NY YANKEES ( HUGHES )
|965||TORONTO||+100||Ov 9,+110||-110||Ov 8.5,+100|
|966||NY YANKEES||-110||Un 9,-130||+100||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-11||-4.6||8-10||4.1||0.228||0.300||4.5||0.257||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||4-2||4.1||0.239||0.307||4.4||0.250||0.339|
|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||+1.7||3-2||3.6||0.236||0.309||4.3||0.266||0.311|
|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)||4-5||L||135||7.5 ov||O||11||7||0||11||8||1|
|4/28/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||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|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||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 MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Toronto (9-15) at New York (13-9), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey admits he's not feeling his best. There are quite a few New York Yankees who could say the same thing.
Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner with the Mets, makes his return to the Big Apple on Sunday when the Yankees go for the four-game sweep.
After leaving his previous start on April 18 with tightness in his neck and back, Dickey (2-3, 4.66 ERA) went six innings in Tuesday's 4-3 loss at Baltimore, yielding four runs and walking a season-high five.
The right-hander never issued more than four free passes last season when he went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts with the Mets.
"I'm definitely not 100 percent," Dickey said. "I'm giving everything I can possibly give but it feels like going to battle with a three-shooter instead of a six-shooter. You just don't have what you normally have. You feel like what you have is good enough to keep your team in it. But it's frustrating because you want to give more."
The Blue Jays (9-16) need all they can get from Dickey as they try to finish their seven-game trip with two wins. Toronto has dropped six straight and 17 of 20 in the Bronx following Saturday's 5-4 defeat.
"You know what, right now we're not good enough. It's that simple," said manager John Gibbons, whose team has lost a season-high three in a row.
The Yankees (14-9), meanwhile, can win a season high-tying fourth straight, a day removed from putting two more players on the disabled list. Catcher Francisco Cervelli, who broke his right hand in Friday's 6-4 win, and Ivan Nova (right triceps) were the latest additions, joining Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixiera.
The Yankees, though, did get Kevin Youkilis (lower back) back following a six-game absence. He went 0 for 3 with a walk.
"There's an expectation here, and I think a lot of guys feed off of that," said manager Joe Girardi, whose team rallied from a pair of deficits to improve to 5-1 against Toronto this season.
Newcomers Travis Hafner and former Blue Jay Vernon Wells are doing just that. Hafner had a three-run homer - his sixth - and a run-scoring triple on Saturday, while Wells knocked in a run for the fourth consecutive game.
"It seems like a different group of guys are stepping up every night," Hafner said.
The Yankees would like to see Phil Hughes (0-2, 5.14) do that Sunday. The right-hander has settled down nicely following two rough outings to open the season, throwing seven innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts in each of his last two appearances, most recently a 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Hughes, though, did not earn a decision in either of those outings.
He went 2-2 with a 5.73 ERA in six starts against Toronto last season.
Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, who have hit five of the Blue Jays' seven homers this series, have both gone deep off Hughes once. First baseman Adam Lind, who has two home runs against the right-hander to lead active Blue Jays, is expected to return from the paternity list on Sunday.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who's batting .476 (20 for 42) during a 10-game hitting streak against Toronto, is 3 for 10 off Dickey.
Wells is 7 for 13 with two doubles against the knuckleballer.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 2:14:42 AM EST|