|NY YANKEES ( HUGHES )|
NY METS ( NIESE )
|927||NY YANKEES||-115||Ov 7.5,-115||-110||Ov 7.5,+110|
|928||NY METS||+105||Un 7.5,-105||+100||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-4||+8.2||4-9||3.6||0.221||0.297||3.3||0.233||0.275|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.5||4-2||4.9||0.222||0.274||4.3||0.265||0.298|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-18||-9.2||16-11||4.2||0.231||0.295||4.7||0.264||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||2-5||2.9||0.214||0.274||4.7||0.245||0.299|
|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)||3-8||L||110||7 un||O||6||5||0||8||6||0|
|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|| || |
|6/3/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/13/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||3-6||L||185||8 ev||O||4||7||0||11||7||0|
|5/14/2013||GEE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GAST(L)||4-10||L||160||8.5 ov||O||6||5||1||11||8||0|
|5/15/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-4||L||182||8.5 un||U||7||5||2||6||6||0|
|5/16/2013||NIESE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-2||W||215||7.5 ev||U||11||8||0||8||6||2|
|5/17/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-2||W||-140||7 ov||U||8||5||1||6||3||2|
|5/18/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||2-8||L||120||8.5 un||O||9||7||1||11||6||1|
|5/19/2013||GEE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-3||W||150||9 ev||U||7||3||0||8||5||0|
|5/27/2013||NIESE(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||HARVEY(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/29/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||GEE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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.
|NY METS: HITTING: The Mets will be moving in the fences at Citi Field by as much as 12 feet and reducing the height to eight feet, making the park more homer-friendly. The loss of Jose Reyes and his NL-leading average at the top of the order weakens an already subpar lineup. 3B DAVID WRIGHT is coming off his worst season (.254 BA, 14 HR, 61 RBI) and could be traded at the July 31 deadline. New OF ANDRES TORRES provides very little at the plate (.221 BA, .312 OBP), but the future is bright for youngsters OF LUCAS DUDA (.852 OPS) and 1B IKE DAVIS (.926 OPS), who missed most of 2011 with an ankle injury. OF JASON BAY (.245 BA) continues to be a colossal bust. SS RUBEN TEJADA will be tasked with trying to replace Reyes. The 22-year-old made great strides last year, batting .319 after August 1. DANIEL MURPHY hit .320 last year, and will start at second, possibly losing AB in a platoon with JUSTIN TURNER. C JOSH THOLE hits well enough to be an above-average starting catcher. |
STARTING PITCHING: With the fences moving forward at Citi Field, the entire Mets pitching staff takes a hit. JOHAN SANTANA will be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to have much faith that he'll remain healthy for an entire season. His velocity on his fastball is not what it used to be, topping out in the high-80's. MIKE PELFREY benefitted most from the pitcher-friendly ballpark with serviceable home numbers (3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and atrocious road statistics (5.49 ERA, 1.56 WHIP). JONATHON NIESE was also much better at Citi Field (3.54 ERA) than he was on the road (5.33 ERA), but he posted 14 games of 6+ strikeouts for the second straight season. DILLON GEE began the season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, but closed the 2011 campaign with a 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his final 17 starts. Knuckle-balling R.A. DICKEY posted a second straight solid season with New York, notching a 3.28 ERA and a solid 1.23 WHIP. At age 37, he hopes to keep his pitches dancing in the smaller home ballpark.
RELIEF PITCHING: Two former Blue Jays late-innings relievers, FRANK FRANCISCO and JON RAUCH, were signed from Toronto to pitch at the back of the bullpen. Francisco will likely get first crack at the ninth-inning role, saving 17 games last year and keeping his strikeout rate above one per inning for the fourth straight year. Rauch is an imposing figure at 6-foot-11, but he posted a 1.35 WHIP and paltry 6.2 strikeout rate last year. But 52 saves since 2008 makes him a worthy candidate for ninth-inning duty. RAMON RAMIREZ was part of the Andres Torres/Angel Pagan trade and he should be a valuable set-up man. He had a strong two-year stint with San Francisco, posting a 2.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Mets Preview* ======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (30-18) at New York (17-29), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Though the New York Yankees have all but lost their division lead during an inconsistent road trip, a date with the crosstown rival New York Mets may be what they need to get it back.
The Yankees look to win for the 12th time in 15 meetings as this year's version of the Subway Series begins Monday night at Citi Field.
Unable to complete a three-game sweep at Tampa Bay with Sunday's 8-3 loss after losing two of three at Baltimore, the Yankees (30-19) conclude their trip with this brief two-game stay in Queens.
Sunday's defeat and Boston's win over Cleveland drew the Red Sox into a virtual tie with New York atop the AL East.
If their recent performance in the Subway Series is any indication, the Yankees should have a good chance to maintain at least a share of the division lead.
They won five of six from the Mets last season and have outscored them 70-38 during an 11-3 run in the series dating to 2010.
For the first time, the clubs will play four games in four days with the series moving to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Mets, who have hit .179 with runners in scoring position while dropping 12 of 16, snapped an eight-game home losing streak with a 4-2 victory over Atlanta on Sunday.
Ike Davis busted out of a 2-for-44 slump with two hits, including a go-ahead two-run single in a three-run eighth inning, as the Mets ended a five-game skid overall.
"Usually (the Yankees) are one of the premier teams in baseball, so I guess it's a good measuring stick as far trying to win a series against those guys, or beat those guys," third baseman David Wright told the team's official website.
Scheduled Yankees starter Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.51 ERA) seeks a third consecutive winning start against the Mets.
He'll attempt to get the ball to closer Mariano Rivera, who will play in his final regular season Subway Series.
"They've become like another team in our division, because we play them every year," said Rivera, who notched his 500th career save at Citi Field in 2009 and is perfect in 18 opportunities this year.
Hughes is 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three career starts versus the Mets after allowing two runs and six hits - two homers - over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-2 win June 9.
Wright took the right-hander deep in that contest, and is 7 for 20 with a home run and three RBIs in his last five games against the Yankees.
Lucas Duda went 3 for 4 with a homer Sunday and is batting .351 during a career-best 10-game hitting streak. He's also hit safely in eight straight games versus the Yankees.
The Mets will give the ball to struggling left-hander Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.80), who is 1-5 with a 5.40 ERA over his last seven starts.
Niese, though, has lasted at least six innings and allowed three runs or less in each of his three career starts against the Yankees, going 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA.
He led the Mets to their only win versus the Yankees last season, yielding two runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 6-4 victory at Citi Field on June 22.
Robinson Cano is 4 for 9 lifetime against Niese and hitting .382 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last nine games versus the Mets.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:11:55 AM EST|