|NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )|
COLORADO ( FRANCIS )
|917||NY YANKEES||-125||Ov 9.5,+100||-110||Ov 9,+105|
|918||COLORADO||+115||Un 9.5,-120||+100||Un 9,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-4||+4.6||4-6||3.5||0.219||0.297||3.7||0.248||0.286|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||3-4||3.3||0.249||0.306||3.0||0.236||0.291|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-7||-1.4||7-5||4.8||0.279||0.354||4.6||0.271||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.9||5-2||4.1||0.259||0.317||4.3||0.256||0.313|
|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)||3-2||W||115||10 un||U||6||5||0||4||3||2|
|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|| || |
|5/15/2013|| ||SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||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)||2-3||L||-125||10 un||U||4||3||2||6||5||0|
|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||GARLAND(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|5/16/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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 JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
New York (18-13) at Colorado (19-13), 3:10 p.m. EDT
CC Sabathia has been one of baseball's best pitchers in interleague games over the past three-plus seasons, helping the New York Yankees earn the most crossover wins during that span.
Sabathia looks to make the Colorado Rockies a victim for the second time in that stretch in the finale of a three-game series Thursday in Denver.
New York is a baseball-best 40-19 in interleague play since the start of 2010 after beating Colorado 3-2 on Wednesday. Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Brennan Boesch had an infield RBI single in the ninth for the Yankees (19-13), who had lost three of four.
Wells even played third base in the final inning for the first time, making a a grounder.
"That was one of the cooler moments of my career," the 34-year-old Wells said.
A major reason for New York's interleague success has been the performances of Sabathia, who is 9-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his last 11 starts versus the NL. He has the second-most interleague victories in the past three-plus years behind Detroit's Justin Verlander (10).
Sabathia (4-3, 3.31 ERA) was stellar the only time he faced the Rockies since joining New York, allowing one run and striking out nine in eight innings of an 8-3 victory June 25, 2011.
The left-hander, though, is coming off his shortest outing since opening day, and frustrations seemed to boil over with home-plate umpire Jordan Baker. Sabathia allowed both runs and eight hits in six innings of a 2-0 loss to Oakland on Friday.
Though Sabathia exchanged words with Baker in the third inning, manager Joe Girardi felt he pitched well despite giving up a home run on the first pitch of the game.
"He only gave up two runs, and he gave up one before he got an out," Girardi said. "They fouled some pitches off. They got in some long counts, which made him throw a lot of pitches in the sixth inning, but I thought he threw OK."
Troy Tulowitzki, who went 2 for 3 off Sabathia in 2011 in their only matchup, entered Wednesday's contest as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning after being held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game due to leg soreness.
Though Tulowitzki, hitting .348, said he felt good running before the contest, manager Walt Weiss decided to sit him again given the poor weather conditions. The shortstop was hit with a pitch and promptly removed for a pinch runner.
"He's fine," Weiss said. "Curveball, just got him I think part of his helmet and might have hit his neck a little bit. Didn't hit him square."
Todd Helton hit a two-run homer for the Rockies (19-14), who have gone 6-10 since opening the season winning 13 of 17. They'll turn to starter Jeff Francis in hopes of closing the series on a positive note, though he's struggled of late.
Francis (1-2, 7.27) hasn't pitched more than five innings since his season debut, posting a 9.00 ERA over his last five starts. He gave up four runs in five innings of a 7-4, 10-inning loss to Tampa Bay on Friday.
"I felt like if I'd made some better pitches, we could have been ahead and won," Francis said. "I missed with a couple of pitches and it cost me some runs."
The left-hander won his only start against the Yankees on June 20, 2007, allowing one run and striking out nine in seven innings of a 6-1 victory.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:26:25 PM EST|