|917||TORONTO||+120||Ov 8.5,+100||+130||Ov 8,+100|
|918||NY YANKEES||-130||Un 8.5,-120||-140||Un 8,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-8||-5.1||9-3||4.3||0.262||0.300||6.3||0.282||0.357|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.8||4-3||5.4||0.264||0.316||4.6||0.268||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-12||+3.6||13-14||4.6||0.266||0.317||3.9||0.264||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||0||2-4||3.9||0.235||0.290||3.0||0.235||0.309|
|5/6/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||8-7||W||125||7.5 un||O||12||11||0||11||6||2|
|5/7/2013||HAPP(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-4||W||125||8.5 un||O||13||7||0||10||7||0|
|5/8/2013||ROMERO(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||4-10||L||160||8 un||O||9||11||0||13||9||0|
|5/9/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||4-5||L||140||7.5 un||O||8||7||0||9||9||1|
|5/10/2013||ORTIZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||0-5||L||190||9.5 ov||U||1||1||2||10||9||0|
|5/11/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||3-2||W||180||9.5 ov||U||8||5||1||7||8||0|
|5/12/2013||JENKINS(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||12-4||W||200||9.5 un||O||12||2||0||10||8||1|
|5/14/2013||DICKEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-6||W||-135||9 un||O||18||9||0||10||7||2|
|5/15/2013||ORTIZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||11-3||W||+105||10 un||O||11||8||1||10||9||2|
|5/17/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-5||L||120||8.5 ov||U||4||4||0||8||5||0|
|5/18/2013||MORROW(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||2-7||L||110||8.5 ov||O||8||7||2||8||3||0|
|5/19/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/20/2013||JENKINS(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||ORTIZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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||NUNO(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||KURODA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Yankees Preview* ===========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Toronto (17-25) at New York (26-16), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Yankee Stadium continues to be a source of disappointment for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The New York Yankees can claim their second home sweep of Toronto this season Sunday when CC Sabathia squares off against R.A. Dickey.
The Blue Jays came into the series winners of four in a row and seven of 10 after starting 10-21. But the Yankees have outscored Toronto 12-2 in winning the first two games of the series. New York has won eight of nine meetings this year, and 18 of 20 at Yankee Stadium.
"Yankee Stadium is always a tough place to play, regardless," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "They've taken it to us pretty good here."
New York (27-16) won its ninth straight at home against Toronto (17-26) on Saturday with a 7-2 victory on the strength of Robinson Cano's two home runs. Travis Hafner also provided some pop, hitting a two-run homer after missing the last five games due to right shoulder inflammation.
Cano's second multihomer game this season saw him improve to 22 for 53 (.415) with seven doubles and 12 RBIs over his last 13 games against the Blue Jays. Hitting .295 with team highs of 12 homers and 31 RBIs, Cano has been the most consistent part of a Yankees club beset by injuries.
"I'm glad that's not a moving part," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's not someone you can replace."
Sabathia (4-3, 3.19 ERA) helped the Yankees earn a four-game sweep of Toronto when he gave up four runs and nine hits over eight innings in a 5-4 win on April 27. He improved to 14-4 in 19 starts versus the Blue Jays.
The left-hander struck out a season-high 10 but also gave up a season-high 10 hits and three runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-3 win over Seattle on Tuesday, but didn't receive a decision.
"I just wanted to try to minimize the damage and make sure I keep the game close enough where we can have a chance to win," Sabathia told the team's official website.
Dickey (3-5, 4.83) snapped a four-start winless streak with a 10-6 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday. He also fanned a season-high 10 while allowing two runs and six hits over six frames.
"Early on, that knuckleball was alive," Gibbons told the team's website. "He took advantage of the fact that we gave him some cushion there, and he got some big strikeouts late in the game."
Dickey, who owns a 3.25 ERA in 11 games against the Yankees, surrendered three runs and four hits over seven innings in a 3-2 loss in the Bronx on April 28.
The Yankees hope they improved the depth of their infield Saturday by acquiring Reid Brignac from Colorado for cash considerations. Brignac wasn't in New York in time for Saturday's game but could suit up Sunday.
"Gives us a little bit better of a platoon situation because all the left side of infield bats are right handed," general manager Brian Cashman said. "Simple as that."
Jose Bautista is just 2 for 23 off of Sabathia with eight strikeouts, though one of those hits was a home run last month.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:23:47 AM EST|