|NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )|
TAMPA BAY ( COBB )
|971||NY YANKEES||+105||Ov 7.5,-120||+120||Ov 7,-110|
|972||TAMPA BAY||-115||Un 7.5,+100||-130||Un 7,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-14||+3.5||15-15||4.7||0.261||0.312||3.9||0.267||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.5||3-3||5.1||0.234||0.289||3.1||0.252||0.281|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-8||-1||8-8||4.7||0.259||0.321||3.8||0.227||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.8||3-4||4.6||0.237||0.297||4.9||0.243||0.319|
|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)||2-3||L||105||9 ev||U||5||3||1||8||7||0|
|5/22/2013||KURODA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||3-6||L||-115||9 un||P||7||6||0||14||6||0|
|5/24/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||9-4||W||105||8.5 un||O||11||8||0||7||3||0|
|5/25/2013||NUNO(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||4-3||W||160||7.5 ev||U||9||8||0||9||10||1|
|5/26/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/28/2013||KURODA(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/29/2013||PHELPS(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||NUNO(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|5/12/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-2||W||-150||8.5 un||U||7||7||0||6||6||0|
|5/17/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||12-10||W||100||9 un||O||17||8||0||13||3||1|
|5/18/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JURRJENS(R)||10-6||W||-110||9 ev||O||11||6||0||13||10||0|
|5/19/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-1||W||-110||8.5 ov||U||7||7||0||5||5||1|
|5/20/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||5-7||L||135||9 un||O||7||7||1||8||6||0|
|5/21/2013||COBB(R)||@ TORONTO||ORTIZ(R)||4-3||W||-140||9.5 un||U||10||4||2||6||7||0|
|5/22/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||3-4||L||100||9.5 un||U||7||4||0||7||5||1|
|5/24/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||4-9||L||-115||8.5 un||O||7||3||0||11||8||0|
|5/25/2013||MOORE(L)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||3-4||L||-170||7.5 ev||U||9||10||1||9||8||0|
|5/26/2013||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/29/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||MOORE(L)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||COBB(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Rays Preview* ======================
By JON PALMIERI STATS Editor
New York (29-18) at Tampa Bay (24-23), 1:40 p.m. EDT
Though it's only May, the Tampa Bay Rays don't feel it's too early to shuffle their rotation to get a more favorable matchup against the New York Yankees.
The Rays will send Alex Cobb to the mound in Sunday's series finale hoping the right-hander can continue his stellar pitching at home and help avoid a sweep.
This would have been David Price's turn in the rotation but he went on the disabled list May 16. Rookie Jake Odorizzi took his spot Monday at Toronto and his next turn would've come in this game.
Thursday's off day, however, allowed Tampa Bay to push him to Monday versus Miami and start Cobb against the far more formidable Yankees (30-18).
Given Cobb's recent performances and history against New York, the decision seems like an easy one.
Cobb (5-2, 2.73 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in five home starts this season, including a 3-0 win over the Yankees on April 24. He allowed three hits in 8 1-3 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts, giving him a 2-1 mark and 2.22 ERA in four starts against them.
"It's nice to be given the opportunity for sure," Cobb told the team's official website. "And they're so big on matchups, that I'm sure their computer spit out something that they like to see. So I'll take it."
He turned in his seventh quality start this season Tuesday at Toronto, yielding one run and three hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-3 win.
Robinson Cano is 2 for 12 against Cobb, but both hits are home runs.
The Rays (24-24) appeared headed for a win Saturday before struggling closer Fernando Rodney allowed two runs in the ninth for his third consecutive blown save. Lyle Overbay then connected for a solo homer in the 11th inning, sending Tampa Bay to its third straight loss and fourth in a row at home.
"This has been really awkward to watch," manager Joe Maddon said of Rodney. "He's been within one pitch of almost being perfect this season. Three of the blown saves have come down to the last pitch. I've not lost any patience with it. As long as he doesn't lose confidence in himself, I will not lose confidence in him."
Rodney isn't the only member of the Tampa Bay bullpen that's slumping. That group has posted a 6.94 ERA during the three-game skid, allowing 12 hits and seven walks in 11 2-3 innings.
The AL East-leading Yankees have taken the first two games of this series after losing 13 of 16 at Tropicana Field. CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.43) will try to pitch New York to its first three-game sweep there since Sept. 13-15, 2005.
The left-hander, however, has gone 0-1 with a 3.57 ERA in his last four starts. Although he's been able to minimize the damage, Sabathia has allowed 21 hits over 12 2-3 innings in his past two outings.
He gave up four runs and 11 hits in 6 1-3 innings at Baltimore on Monday and was in line for the loss before the Yankees rallied for a 6-4, 10-inning victory.
Sabathia's recent struggles against the Rays continued with a 5-1 road defeat April 22, when he was reached for five runs and a season-high three homers over seven innings. He is 0-3 with a 4.55 ERA in his past four matchups with Tampa Bay.
Evan Longoria has been a particularly difficult matchup, with the slugger batting .366 with five homers, three doubles and 11 walks against Sabathia.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 9:44:22 PM EST|