|SEATTLE ( NOESI )|
NY YANKEES ( PETTITTE )
|961||SEATTLE||+150||Ov 8,-120||+170||Ov 9,+105|
|962||NY YANKEES||-160||Un 8,+100||-180||Un 9,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-5||+2.1||6-4||4.7||0.256||0.324||4.2||0.232||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||2-4||4.7||0.241||0.331||2.7||0.215||0.258|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-11||+4.5||12-13||4.6||0.268||0.321||4.0||0.267||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||2-4||4.4||0.252||0.298||3.7||0.239||0.305|
|5/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||ROMERO(L)||4-0||W||-130||7.5 ov||U||8||5||1||5||4||0|
|5/4/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||8-1||W||130||7.5 un||O||8||3||0||6||8||0|
|5/5/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||2-10||L||155||9 un||O||3||6||0||15||8||0|
|5/7/2013||HARANG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)||1-4||L||120||8 un||U||5||5||0||7||4||0|
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-1||W||-105||6.5 un||U||3||6||0||7||4||1|
|5/14/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-4||L||105||7 un||P||10||11||2||7||8||1|
|5/15/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||12-2||W||115||7.5 ov||O||16||9||0||8||6||1|
|5/16/2013||NOESI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|5/17/2013||MAURER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/21/2013||HARANG(R)||@ LA ANGELS||ENRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||MAURER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|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||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)||0-1||L||130||8 un||U||4||6||0||5||7||0|
|5/13/2013||NUNO(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||7-0||W||110||8.5 un||U||11||7||0||5||8||2|
|5/20/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|5/22/2013||KURODA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|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 (SEATTLE-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Yankees Preview* ==========================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
Seattle (18-21) at New York (25-14), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Raul Ibanez loved hitting at Yankee Stadium as a member of the team last season.
Switching to a Seattle Mariners uniform doesn't appear to have changed that in the slightest.
Ibanez will try to help the Mariners to a rare series win in New York on Thursday night when he takes his swings against fellow 40-year-old Andy Pettitte.
After a solid regular season in a part-time role with the Yankees in 2012, Ibanez electrified Yankee Stadium crowds in October by going 6 for 13 with three homers in five postseason games there. He went deep twice in Game 3 of the division series against Baltimore, including the game-winning shot in the 12th inning.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge decided to start the lefty-hitting Ibanez against southpaw CC Sabathia in Tuesday's series opener, and his left fielder responded with a home run in a 4-3 loss.
Ibanez continued his offensive barrage in the Bronx on Wednesday with a grand slam as Seattle opened a 7-0 lead in the first inning en route to a 12-2 victory. He also connected for a two-run homer in the fifth, completing his 17th multihomer game.
In his last 12 games at Yankee Stadium, Ibanez is 18 for 36 with nine home runs and 20 RBIs.
"I said silliness happens here. There's also something that happens here with Raul," teammate Brendan Ryan said. "It's awesome."
Wedge figures to start his hottest hitter against another tough lefty in Pettitte, who has held Ibanez to one hit - a homer - in 12 at-bats over the past five years.
Kyle Seager added a three-run shot Wednesday for the Mariners (19-21), who set season highs in runs and hits with 16.
A win in the finale would give Seattle only its second series win in the Bronx since the 2004 season. The Mariners, 4-0-1 in their last five series overall, have lost 29 of 42 on the road against the Yankees (25-15).
Vernon Wells hit his 10th home run - and fourth in nine games - for New York, which had won seven of eight.
A matchup with Kansas City on Saturday came at an opportune time for Pettitte (4-2, 3.83 ERA), who gave up two runs over seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts in a 3-2 road victory. The left-hander, who improved to 15-3 lifetime against the Royals, had been tagged for 11 runs and 14 hits over 9 1-3 innings in his previous two starts.
"Whenever you get knocked around, it's not a good feeling. You never want that doubt to creep in that you're not able to get it done," Pettitte said. "Hopefully I can continue to get sharper and sharper."
Pettitte is 11-12 with a 4.39 ERA against the Mariners but has held them to two runs or fewer in six of his last eight meetings.
Jason Bay is 14 for 35 (.400) with a homer off Pettitte.
Aaron Harang (1-4, 7.30) looks to provide Seattle with a third consecutive quality performance. After going 0-3 with an 11.37 ERA and six homers allowed in his first three outings, the right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and hasn't been taken deep in two starts this month.
This will be Harang's first appearance since May 7, when he allowed two runs over six innings in a 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh.
Harang has never faced the Yankees but is very familiar with Lyle Overbay (11 for 24), Ichiro Suzuki (1 for 16) and Travis Hafner (3 for 14).
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 7:00:38 PM EST|