|HOUSTON ( HARRELL )|
NY YANKEES ( PETTITTE )
|915||HOUSTON||+205||Ov 8,-110||+220||Ov 7.5,+100|
|916||NY YANKEES||-225||Un 8,-110||-240||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-6||-3.5||6-2||4.2||0.248||0.314||7.4||0.300||0.388|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||4-2||3.4||0.238||0.302||5.7||0.331||0.386|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-6||+2.8||7-6||5.4||0.280||0.338||4.1||0.287||0.342|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.7||2-3||3.4||0.210||0.287||3.4||0.249||0.280|
|4/15/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||2-11||L||180||7 ov||O||8||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/16/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||3-4||L||210||7.5 ev||U||6||6||0||8||7||0|
|4/17/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||5-7||L||175||8 un||O||11||5||1||11||8||0|
|4/25/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||2-7||L||245||9 ov||P||7||5||1||11||7||0|
|4/26/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||3-7||L||225||8.5 ev||O||7||8||0||17||8||2|
|4/27/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||4-8||L||235||9.5 un||O||5||10||1||12||11||1|
|4/28/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||1-6||L||187||9.5 un||U||7||9||2||11||6||1|
|4/29/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|4/30/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|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|
|HOUSTON: HITTING: This season will mark Houston's final year in the National League. Look away, children, as the Astros launch into what is sure to be the crappiest victory lap in baseball history. Tiny 2B JOSE ALTUVE's jump from High-A to MLB starter says more about Houston's pitiful state than anything. He belongs in Triple-A. CHRIS JOHNSON won the starting 3B job as JIMMY PAREDES was optioned to Triple-A. Johnson was thought to have 25-homer power, but last year he slugged just .378. 1B CARLOS LEE is in the twilight of a very productive career. Backup 1B BRETT WALLACE seems to be in the twilight of an unproductive one. OF BRIAN BOGUSEVIC has a low ceiling. But he's one of only a few recent draft picks who will even contribute. OF J.D. MARTINEZ doesn't blame you if you haven't heard of him, but he's the team's best player who hits third in the lineup. SS JED LOWRIE was a nice little pickup for a mid-tier closer. But his platoon split is intense. C JASON CASTRO will probably play ahead of CHRIS SNYDER. OF JORDAN SCHAFER has yet to put things together; but he'll be starting in center on Opening Day. Fourth OF J.B. SHUCK is only 24, but doesn't have a whole lot of upside. |
STARTING PITCHING: WANDY RODRIGUEZ has been a durable, above-average starter for five years, yet every season his real-world team limits his wins. He'll be traded at some point this year. Don't shortchange BUD NORRIS. He's an underrated source of strikeouts, and has improved his command. J.A. HAPP really needs to cut down on his walk total. JORDAN LYLES couldn't legally drink until the second-to-last week of the season. He's in the big leagues way too soon. He's yet another young Astro who isn't terrible, but won't ever set the world on fire. KYLE WEILAND came from Boston with Jed Lowrie and should earn the final spot in the rotation. Texas-bred fireballer JARRED COSART, 21, is a legitimately exciting (but risky) prospect who Houston will probably rush up to the majors at some point this year.
RELIEF PITCHING: BRETT MYERS flummoxed the Astros' front office with a stinker of a season. He's probably closer to that pitcher than to the one who posted a career-best 3.14 ERA in 2010 at age 29, but he'll move the bullpen this year to get the rare opportunities to close out a game when this awful team is actually leading. WILTON LOPEZ was good in 2011, but was much better the previous season, when he may have been the most underrated reliever in the National League. Houston will go with him in the ninth if they want Myers to return to the rotation. BRANDON LYON has seen better days. He bombed early, then was shut down for good with a bicep injury. He intimidates nobody now.
|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 (HOUSTON-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Astros-Yankees Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Houston (7-17) at New York (14-9), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Andy Pettitte just failed to reach a personal milestone.
The 40-year-old, though, made New York Yankees history the last time he faced the Houston Astros.
Pettitte will pitch against the only other major league team he's played for on Monday night when the Yankees go for a fifth straight win.
Trying to post victories in each of his first four starts for the first time, Pettitte (3-1, 2.22 ERA) gave up all of the runs in Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Tampa Bay. The left-hander, though, fanned 10 in six innings for his 15th double-digit strikeout game.
"I was surprised we got three runs off him. I thought this guy is not going to give anything up tonight," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "... He was pretty impressive."
Pettitte will go down as one of the greatest pitchers in Yankees history, but he hasn't always worn pinstripes. After helping New York win four World Series, he signed with the Astros in 2004. Playing near his home in Deer Park, Pettitte went 37-26 with a 3.38 ERA in three seasons with Houston before returning to the Bronx.
In the Astros' first game at new Yankee Stadium on June 11, 2010, Pettitte went 7 1-3 innings in a 4-3 victory that made him the third pitcher in Yankees history to reach 200 wins, joining Whitey Ford and Red Ruffing.
New York swept that three-game series to improve to 8-1 versus Houston.
The AL-worst Astros (7-18) don't appear to be in any position to improve that mark as they arrive in the Bronx on a nine-game road losing streak. The AL's newest team was outscored 28-10 in a four-game set in Boston over the weekend, going 5 for 38 (.132) with runners in scoring position.
"I know we're struggling right now, but we have to make some adjustments," outfielder Fernando Martinez told the Astros' official website following Sunday's 6-1 loss. "We'll be fine."
Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.08) has been Houston's most consistent starter so far, giving up two runs or fewer in four of his five outings. He held the opposition to one for a third time Wednesday against Seattle, matching the Astros' longest start of the season by going seven innings in a 10-3 win.
"Strike one was huge today. My goal was to attack and get strike one," Harrell said.
The right-hander's lone experience against the Yankees (15-9) came when he recorded two outs for the White Sox in June 2010.
With Kevin Youkilis set to undergo an MRI on Monday for a back injury that's kept him out of six of the last seven games, Harrell could get his first look at Lyle Overbay, who hit a two-run homer on Sunday.
Another first-year Yankee, Brennan Boesch - who is 4 for 4 off Harrell - also went deep as the injury-plagued Yankees won for the ninth time in 11 home games.
"We've seen very good players come to New York and take time to adjust," manager Joe Girardi said. "We've seen guys that have injury plagued seasons that continue to have them and you can't shake that. We felt that we were going to have to win a lot of close games."
The Yankees are 9-1 in games decided by two runs or fewer.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 12:47:07 AM EST|