|NY YANKEES ( PETTITTE )|
KANSAS CITY ( SHIELDS )
|921||NY YANKEES||+130||Ov 7,-115||+125||Ov 7.5,+115|
|922||KANSAS CITY||-140||Un 7,-105||-135||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-9||+2||11-9||5.0||0.280||0.332||4.2||0.273||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.5||2-5||3.6||0.234||0.277||2.9||0.205||0.267|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-5||-0.7||3-6||3.3||0.239||0.296||3.8||0.244||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||2-5||3.9||0.242||0.280||4.1||0.245||0.297|
|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||1||4||3||3|
|5/9/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||3-1||W||-110||9 un||U||6||5||0||4||7||0|
|5/10/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||11-6||W||110||8 un||O||16||8||0||7||3||0|
|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|| || |
|5/17/2013|| ||TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|4/30/2013||SHIELDS(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||8-2||W||-130||7.5 un||O||14||8||1||8||6||1|
|5/1/2013||MENDOZA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||9-8||W||+105||7.5 ov||O||15||8||0||13||6||0|
|5/4/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||2-0||W||-150||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||4||5||2|
|5/5/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||6-5||W||-130||7.5 un||O||12||11||1||10||7||1|
|5/6/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||1-2||L||-140||7 un||U||7||5||1||9||6||0|
|5/7/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||3-4||L||110||8.5 un||U||10||5||1||8||7||1|
|5/8/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-5||L||135||8.5 un||U||7||6||3||5||4||0|
|5/9/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||6-2||W||105||8.5 ev||U||9||4||1||8||7||0|
|5/10/2013||DAVIS(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||6-11||L||-120||8 un||O||7||3||0||16||8||0|
|5/11/2013||SHIELDS(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|5/12/2013||SANTANA(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/15/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||@ OAKLAND|| || |
|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.
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Royals Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (20-13) at Kansas City (18-13), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Although he's struggled since winning his first three starts, Andy Pettitte appears to have a decent chance to bounce back against a team he's fared well against throughout his career.
Pettitte will try to win his 10th straight decision against the slumping Kansas City Royals on Saturday night and help the New York Yankees match a season high with their fourth straight victory.
Still without several key players due to injury, the Yankees continued their strong play with an 11-6 win in Friday's series opener. Lyle Overbay had a career-high four hits, including a two-run homer, and five RBIs and Ichiro Suzuki also had a two-run shot.
"Sometimes baseball doesn't make sense, and we really needed some runs, we got them," said manager Joe Girardi, who won his 500th game with the Yankees.
Girardi's club had totaled 14 runs while batting .203 over its previous six games before breaking out with 16 hits and scoring 10 or more runs for the first time since April 9.
The first-place Yankees (21-13) hope to provide similar support for Pettitte (3-2, 4.06 ERA), who has received just one run from the offense in his last three starts.
The 40-year-old left-hander, however, hasn't pitched well during that span, going 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA after posting a 2.01 ERA while winning his first three.
"It's a struggle. The issue is everything again," Pettitte said. "Everything you want to try and do as a starting pitcher, I'm not able to do right now. I have no command of my fastball."
Pettitte walked four for the first time since July 2010 and threw just 57 of 100 pitches for strikes, leaving without a decision in a 5-4 home loss to Oakland on Sunday. He allowed a season-high two homers in five innings and has lasted just 9 1-3 frames over his last two starts.
"I'm not going to judge someone on two starts," Girardi said. "If it goes on for a month, then obviously there's some concern. But I think every pitcher in the big leagues has probably had two starts that weren't so good, and that's not what you're used to seeing from a particular pitcher."
Pettitte hasn't had many rough stretches against the Royals. He's 14-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 22 career starts, winning nine straight decisions versus Kansas City over 13 outings dating back to the 2000 season.
The Royals (18-14), losers of four of five, counter with right-hander James Shields (2-2, 2.52).
Shields put together his best performance of the year Monday, allowing two hits and striking out a season-high nine over eight shutout innings but left without a decision in a 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox.
While he's 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA during a stretch of five consecutive quality starts, Shields may have a tough time keeping that streak alive in this matchup. He's 7-14 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 starts against the Yankees, posting a 6.03 ERA over his last six.
Robinson Cano, who went 2 for 5 Friday after appearing to aggravate a big toe injury a night earlier, should be happy to see Shields again. He's hitting .413 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 75 at-bats, including 9 for 18 with three doubles last season.
Eduardo Nunez (ribs), who was available off the bench in the opener, is 7 for 15 with two homers in this matchup.
|Last Updated: 9/15/2014 6:30:27 AM EST|