|NY YANKEES ( PHELPS )|
COLORADO ( NICASIO )
|979||NY YANKEES||+110||Ov 10,-110||+120||Ov 10,+100|
|980||COLORADO||-120||Un 10,-110||-130||Un 10,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-9||-0.2||10-8||4.8||0.278||0.331||4.2||0.283||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3||4-3||3.0||0.258||0.315||4.0||0.277||0.330|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-6||+8.9||11-8||5.4||0.288||0.345||4.1||0.252||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||6-1||5.6||0.301||0.363||4.1||0.254||0.303|
|4/24/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-3||L||125||7 un||U||4||4||1||8||8||0|
|5/7/2013||KURODA(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||0-2||L||120||9 ov||U||4||5||0||8||5||0|
|5/8/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)|| |
|5/10/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||KURODA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|5/13/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/13/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/14/2013|| ||SEATTLE||HARANG(R)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/25/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||2-3||L||125||9 un||U||7||10||1||8||5||0|
|4/26/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||6-3||W||125||9 un||P||11||6||2||6||8||0|
|4/27/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||2-3||L||140||9 ov||U||9||8||1||9||9||0|
|4/28/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||2-4||L||140||9 un||U||10||7||0||8||3||0|
|4/29/2013||CHATWOOD(R)||@ LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)||12-2||W||135||7.5 un||O||19||14||1||6||5||1|
|4/30/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-6||L||135||7 un||O||5||5||0||13||9||0|
|5/1/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||7-3||W||130||7.5 un||O||12||12||1||8||7||1|
|5/3/2013||FRANCIS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||4-7||L||+125||9 ov||O||11||12||0||11||8||0|
|5/4/2013||GARLAND(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||9-3||W||+120||9 ov||O||12||6||0||9||9||1|
|5/5/2013||CHACIN(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-8||L||-115||9.5 un||O||10||8||1||11||4||2|
|5/7/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-0||W||-130||9 ov||U||8||5||0||4||5||0|
|5/8/2013||NICASIO(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||FRANCIS(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/10/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)|| |
|5/13/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/14/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Rockies Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
New York (18-12) at Colorado (18-13), 8:40 p.m. EDT
The weather may be the only thing that keeps Troy Tulowitzki on the bench again.
With thunderstorms in the forecast Wednesday night, Tulowitzki is hoping to be back in the lineup as the Colorado Rockies try to send the New York Yankees to a third consecutive shutout defeat on the road for the first time in 84 years.
Colorado (19-13) opened this three-game series with Tuesday's 2-0 win, as Carlos Gonzalez's two-run homer proved to be enough.
Tulowitzki, the NL's second-leading hitter with a .348 average, missed the game with lingering soreness in his left leg, but the Rockies are expecting him back Wednesday.
"It would have to be pretty severe weather to hold him out again," manager Walt Weiss said. "For the most part, it's just going to be based on how he feels."
The weather could make the decision for Weiss and Tulowitzki, as the forecast calls for 50-60 percent chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms throughout the day after the Rockies overcame steady rain and lightning plus the Yankees on Tuesday.
They've also dealt with snow, bitter cold and winds at Coors Field this season.
"Hopefully in two months we'll play in good weather here," said Gonzalez, also among the league leaders with a .322 average.
The left fielder has been on a tear of late, batting .429 with three doubles, three homers and six RBIs in his last seven games.
"I always have a good feeling when CarGo's in the box," Weiss said. "He can change the game with one swing."
Colorado, though, hasn't won two straight since a season-high eight-game winning streak April 12-20.
Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.91) is expected to get a chance to change that.
The right-hander has failed to complete five innings in two of his last three starts, and he was lifted after four in last Wednesday's 7-3 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed three runs and five hits with two walks while throwing 92 pitches.
Nicasio didn't get a decision in his only meeting with the Yankees on June 26, 2011. He tossed four scoreless innings before giving up three runs and two homers while exiting after the fifth in a 6-4 loss at New York.
The Yankees (18-13) will try to get to Nicasio again after losing their last two road games via shutouts. They haven't been blanked in three straight away from home since Aug. 22-24, 1929.
New York, which was limited to four singles Tuesday, has dropped four of five on the road, batting .191 in those games.
"It's hard to win games when you get four hits and don't put any runs on the board," said Vernon Wells, who is 1 for 12 in his last three road games.
Robinson Cano is 0 for 8 over the past two contests away from the Bronx, but is hitting .365 as a visitor on the season.
Scoring may also be key with David Phelps (1-1, 5.56) scheduled to get a second turn in the rotation in place of Ivan Nova, who is on the disabled list with right triceps inflammation.
Phelps' first start resulted in a 5-4 win over Houston last Wednesday, but he wasted a four-run lead by surrendering that many in the top of fourth before leaving two outs in the sixth and the score tied. He also surrendered eight hits while plunking two batters.
"I know he expected more of himself but I was pretty pleased," manager Joe Girardi said.
Phelps has surrendered five runs - three earned - with five strikeouts in four innings of relief over two interleague appearances.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 10:45:56 AM EST|