|NY YANKEES ( HUGHES )|
BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )
|917||NY YANKEES||+100||Ov 9,-110||+105||Ov 9,-110|
|918||BALTIMORE||-110||Un 9,-110||-115||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-12||+4.6||14-14||4.7||0.265||0.316||3.9||0.265||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||5-3||+1||3-4||4.1||0.237||0.293||3.1||0.245||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-14||+2.4||19-11||5.4||0.275||0.334||4.9||0.265||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.1||4-3||4.7||0.280||0.322||6.0||0.304||0.365|
|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||SABATHIA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)||6-4||W||-130||9 un||O||9||4||0||13||10||0|
|5/21/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ 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||HUGHES(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||NUNO(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|5/7/2013||CHEN(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||4-3||W||-120||8.5 un||U||8||7||1||10||5||1|
|5/8/2013||TILLMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||5-3||W||-145||8.5 un||U||5||4||0||7||6||3|
|5/9/2013||GARCIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||2-6||L||-115||8.5 ev||U||8||7||0||9||4||1|
|5/10/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||9-6||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||18||11||0||11||9||2|
|5/11/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||5-8||L||100||8.5 un||O||12||8||0||10||6||1|
|5/12/2013||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||6-0||W||-105||8 un||U||11||6||0||8||8||1|
|5/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-3||L||-145||8 ov||U||5||4||0||8||7||1|
|5/15/2013||GARCIA(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-8||L||-155||9 ov||O||11||10||1||17||11||0|
|5/17/2013||HAMMEL(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||10-12||L||-110||9 un||O||13||3||1||17||8||0|
|5/18/2013||JURRJENS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-10||L||+100||9 ev||O||13||10||0||11||6||0|
|5/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-3||L||+100||8.5 ov||U||5||5||1||7||7||0|
|5/20/2013||GARCIA(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-6||L||+120||9 un||O||13||10||0||9||4||0|
|5/21/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||HAMMEL(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/23/2013||JURRJENS(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||JENKINS(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|5/26/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||ORTIZ(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS 17th graf to reflect Cano was 2 for 3 vs. Gonzalez in April 12 game.)
*Yankees-Orioles Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (27-16) at Baltimore (23-20), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees have gotten some outstanding pitching recently, though that wasn't the case in Phil Hughes' last start.
Hughes will attempt to bounce back from the worst start of his career and lead the Yankees to their fourth straight win Tuesday night against the sinking Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
CC Sabathia didn't have his best stuff in the series opener Monday, allowing at least 10 hits in consecutive starts for only the third time in his career before leaving down 4-3 in the seventh inning.
Travis Hafner, however, hit a game-tying homer in the ninth off Baltimore (23-21) closer Jim Johnson before New York (28-16) added two runs in the 10th for a 6-4 victory.
"The ball's up. That seems to be the common thing lately," said Johnson, who has blown three straight saves after converting a franchise-record 35 in a row. "Just not making the adjustment."
With several key players still out because of injuries, the Yankees have won 10 of 13 and remain atop the AL East partly due to a pitching staff that has posted a 2.85 ERA over that span.
Hughes (2-5, 5.88 ERA), though, has yet to contribute to the staff's success during that stretch, getting roughed up for 13 runs and 13 hits over 6 1-3 innings in his last two starts. He had gone 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his previous four.
The right-hander had never failed to make it out of the first in 110 previous starts before getting only two outs in a 12-2 loss to Seattle on Wednesday.
"When I tried to go to changeup, slider, curveball, it seemed like nothing was there," said Hughes, a 16-game winner in 2012.
His last outing against the Orioles was also a short stint, allowing five runs and nine hits - including three homers - over three-plus innings in a 5-3 loss April 13.
It's been a different story at Camden Yards, where he's given up only one homer while going 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA in his last three starts.
Nick Markakis, who has batted .386 while hitting safely in nine of his last 10 games, has done some damage against Hughes with a .326 batting average and two homers in 43 career at-bats.
Nate McLouth should be happy about seeing Hughes again - he's 7 for 9 with four doubles.
The Orioles will try to avoid their seventh straight loss on this eight-game homestand and eighth in a row overall at Camden Yards. It's their worst home losing streak since an 11-game slide Aug. 22-Sept. 7, 2007.
Scheduled starter Miguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.58) looks to end the skid in his first start since coming off the disabled list because of a blister on his right thumb.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 26 2-3 innings over four career starts against the Yankees, including a solid outing in the 2012 ALDS. Gonzalez took the loss in his last start versus New York, giving up three runs and walking five over six-plus innings in a 5-2 loss April 12.
Robinson Cano was 2 for 3 versus Gonzalez after going hitless in his six previous at-bats in this matchup. He hit his 13th homer in the first inning Monday before Baltimore's Chris Davis re-tied him for the AL lead an inning later.
Cano is batting .431 with 11 homers and 25 RBIs in his last 40 regular-season games at Camden Yards.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 1:04:51 PM EST|