|NY YANKEES ( PHELPS )|
CLEVELAND ( MASTERSON )
|Doubleheader Game #1|
|919||NY YANKEES||+125||Ov 8,-105||+135||Ov 8,-105|
|920||CLEVELAND||-135||Un 8,-115||-145||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-9||+4.6||11-11||4.9||0.275||0.325||4.0||0.267||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||2-5||4.0||0.235||0.281||2.9||0.195||0.244|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-9||+5.1||10-10||5.2||0.274||0.345||4.2||0.236||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.6||4-3||5.1||0.254||0.322||3.9||0.241||0.304|
|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)||3-2||W||155||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||6||5||1|
|5/12/2013||KURODA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||4-2||W||105||7 ov||U||9||4||0||7||5||2|
|5/13/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||NUNO(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|5/18/2013|| ||TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||9-0||W||140||9 ov||P||14||4||0||3||4||0|
|5/10/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||4-10||L||175||8.5 un||O||6||1||2||15||8||0|
|5/11/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||7-6||W||230||8 un||O||12||13||1||7||6||1|
|5/12/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-3||W||130||9 un||U||8||9||1||9||9||0|
|5/13/2013||MASTERSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|5/13/2013||BAUER(R)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|5/14/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|5/20/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
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*Yankees-Indians Preview* =========================
New York (22-13) at Cleveland (19-15), 12:05 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians saw plenty of Robinson Cano last month, and now they will have to try to find a way to slow down the New York Yankees' superstar in a doubleheader.
Cano put on a prodigious display at the plate earlier this year against the surging Indians heading into Monday's makeup doubleheader in Cleveland.
New York (23-13) enters on a season-high five-game win streak while Cleveland (20-15) has won four straight at home and eight of nine there heading into these contests that were rescheduled when a four-game series last month was cut in half due to bad weather.
The Yankees won the two games by a combined 25-7 behind Cano, who was 7 for 10 with three homers, seven RBIs and six runs scored. He is 26 for 53 (.491) with five homers and 14 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak against the Indians.
Cano is 8 for 19 against Justin Masterson (5-2, 3.67 ERA), who will start the opener. He has never faced Game 2 starter Trevor Bauer (1-1, 2.70).
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Cano will play both games, but just once at second base. Vernon Wells will ce in the outfield while catchers Chris Stewart and Austin Romine each will start once.
"I believe we're seeing Masterson first ... so my plan is not to play Robbie Cano both games in the field, DH him probably one game," Girardi said.
Wells went 4 for 8 against Cleveland in the two April meetings while Brett Gardner was 5 for 10 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Masterson is 3-2 with a 2.56 ERA in six starts against the Yankees, and he's limited Wells to two hits in 18 at-bats.
Fellow right-hander Bauer will make his seventh career start and third of the season. He has limited batters to a .097 average but has walked 13 over 10 innings in 2013.
The Indians are a major league-best 11-2 since April 29 after taking two of three in Detroit this weekend. They came from one run down in the ninth Sunday in a 4-3, 10-inning victory to pull even with the Tigers atop the AL Central.
"That was as good a team effort as you are ever going to see," manager Terry Francona said.
Girardi was echoing a similar theme after his injury-plagued Yankees completed a weekend sweep in Kansas City with Sunday's 4-2 victory. Cano delivered a two-run homer.
"These guys have gotten it done, different ways, different guys every night," Girardi said.
David Phelps (1-1, 5.02) will make his third 2013 start in the opener for New York after getting no decisions in the first two. The right-hander has never faced Cleveland.
Left-hander Vidal Nuno will make his first major league start in Game 2. Nuno pitched three scoreless innings in his lone big-league appearance April 29 against Houston.
These teams excel in tight games, with the Yankees 7-1 in one-run contests and the Indians 9-3.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 1:02:54 PM EST|