|NY YANKEES ( KURODA )|
OAKLAND ( PARKER )
|959||NY YANKEES||+100||Ov 7.5,+105||-105||Ov 7.5,+105|
|960||OAKLAND||-110||Un 7.5,-125||-105||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-22||-2.9||20-22||4.2||0.250||0.300||4.0||0.260||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||2-5||3.4||0.223||0.282||3.1||0.215||0.286|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-17||+7.8||23-19||4.8||0.249||0.322||4.1||0.245||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||2-5||4.1||0.224||0.278||3.1||0.224||0.278|
|5/30/2013||NUNO(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||1-3||L||-200||9 ov||U||4||3||0||4||5||1|
|6/6/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||6-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||9||3||1||4||6||0|
|6/7/2013||KURODA(R)||@ SEATTLE||BONDERMAN(R)||1-4||L||-175||8 un||U||4||5||0||9||9||1|
|6/8/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||3-1||W||-130||7.5 un||U||10||9||0||4||5||0|
|6/9/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-1||W||135||6.5 ov||U||7||10||1||6||6||1|
|6/11/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||4-6||L||105||7 un||O||10||9||0||9||3||0|
|6/12/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||2-5||L||100||7.5 un||U||4||6||0||8||10||1|
|6/13/2013||KURODA(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|6/14/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|6/15/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||HUGHES(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|6/19/2013||KURODA(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|5/30/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||2-5||L||-110||7.5 un||U||5||10||1||10||7||1|
|5/31/2013||COLON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-0||W||-185||7.5 ov||U||5||3||0||5||3||0|
|6/1/2013||STRAILY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-3||W||-150||8 un||U||16||18||0||10||7||0|
|6/2/2013||PARKER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||2-0||W||-115||7 un||U||6||5||0||3||4||1|
|6/3/2013||MILONE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||10-2||W||115||9 un||O||19||10||0||6||4||1|
|6/4/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-4||L||-125||9 un||U||9||9||0||10||9||0|
|6/5/2013||COLON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||6-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||10||3||1||9||9||0|
|6/6/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||5-4||W||-130||8 un||O||9||3||0||9||6||0|
|6/7/2013||PARKER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||4-3||W||120||7.5 un||U||6||4||2||5||4||1|
|6/8/2013||MILONE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||1-4||L||-130||8.5 ov||U||4||3||1||7||6||1|
|6/9/2013||GRIFFIN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||2-4||L||-130||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||7||5||1|
|6/11/2013||COLON(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||6-4||W||-115||7 un||O||9||3||0||10||9||0|
|6/12/2013||STRAILY(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-2||W||-110||7.5 un||U||8||10||1||4||6||0|
|6/13/2013||PARKER(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||STRAILY(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||PARKER(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MILONE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|6/20/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.
|OAKLAND: HITTING: 2B JEMILE WEEKS may not be a legitimate .300 hitter, but he's still the best option they have at the leadoff spot. C KURT SUZUKI seemingly hits as many line outs as anyone in baseball. He has a solid bat for a catcher and qualifies as a middle-of-the-order option in Oakland. OF JOSH REDDICK is more of a line-drive hitter than a 25-HR guy, and he doesn't yet have the plate discipline to approach .300. 1B BRANDON ALLEN is an all-or-nothing hitter, but his potential for much-needed power should be enough for him to beat out DARIC BARTON. SS CLIFF PENNINGTON has quietly developed into a serviceable regular. With 3B SCOTT SIZEMORE out for the season with a torn ACL, either ERIC SOGARD or JOSH DONALDSON will win the job at third base. Neither player has reached 80 career at-bats yet. Highly-coveted Cuban OF YOENIS CESPEDES inked a four-year deal with Oakland, and will be expected to produced in the heart of the lineup immediately. OF COLLIN COWGILL is undersized, but has shown impressive power in the minors. The DH spot will fall to Allen when Barton is in the lineup. When he's not, it will be filled by such Quadruple-A types as KILA KA'AIHUE and CHRIS CARTER. |
STARTING PITCHING: BRANDON McCARTHY reclamation project worked out nicely. He's an injury risk, but when healthy he's one of baseball's better middle-of-the-rotation arms. BARTOLO COLON pitched better than expected with the Yankees last year (7.4 K/9, 4.00 ERA), and should perform just as well in his new spacious ballpark. DALLAS BRADEN (shoulder) and BRETT ANDERSON (elbow) are both question marks after major surgeries. Braden's return date has been pushed back to early May, while Anderson will might not take the hill until June. The jewel of the Trevor Cahill trade, hard-throwing righty JARROD PARKER has a chance to make a big impact if his arm is recovered from 2009 Tommy John surgery. The Gio Gonzalez trade landed Oakland TOMMY MILONE and BRAD PEACOCK, both of whom are coming off impressive minor-league seasons. They'll compete for rotation spots this spring. TYSON ROSS could get a few starts, but he's gotten very hittable over the past year. They're in no hurry to start the arbitration clock of top prospect SONNY GRAY, but he should make some late-season starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Andrew Bailey gone, righty GRANT BALFOUR (2.47 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) will get the first chance to close games. Though his occasional bouts with command issues make him a risk. If Balfour falters, BRIAN FUENTES will get the next look because of his ninth-inning experience and strong second half of 2011 . . . Long a favorite inside the organization, injury-prone righty JOEY DEVINE has long been considered a future closer and should get some late-innings duties. The highest upside option for a future closer is 25-year-old righty FAUTINO DE LOS SANTOS. He has overpowering stuff but his command comes and goes.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Athletics Preview* ===========================
New York (37-27) at Oakland (39-27), 3:35 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics may have to overcome some difficult circumstances to extend streaks of 10 straight home wins and six in a row at home over the New York Yankees.
The Athletics have struggled all season in day games and could again be without two key hitters when they go for a three-game sweep Thursday.
Oakland (40-27) seeks its longest run at home since taking 12 in a row Aug. 13-Sept. 14, 2002. The Athletics last enjoyed a longer run at home versus New York (37-28) when they won 10 straight there from 1989-91.
One curious aspect of Oakland's season is its 11-14 mark in day games - the third-worst in the AL. The Athletics own the league's second-best mark overall.
Oakland won 5-2 on Wednesday without center fielder Coco Crisp and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Cespedes, who leads the club with 13 homers, left early after he tweaked his left hamstring in Tuesday's 6-4 victory. It's almost certain he will sit out Thursday.
Crisp, who has homered in consecutive games, has a bruised heel. There's a better chance he could see action in the finale.
"He felt better when he got to the park and got some treatment," manager Bob Melvin said. "We won't take any chances with him but if he comes in and feels like he's close to 100 percent, there's the potential for him to play."
Oakland has not needed much offense in going a major league-best 20-5 since May 17. A's starters have gone 15-3 with an AL-best 2.54 ERA in that span including a 1.50 ERA during this streak at home.
It's up to Jarrod Parker (5-6, 4.68 ERA) to continue that trend Thursday as he looks to win a fourth straight start.
The right-hander, who has a 1.77 ERA in his last three, is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees, with Robinson Cano 0 for 6 against him.
Parker will be opposed by Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 2.84), who is enduring his longest winless stretch with New York by going 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in his last four outings.
Kuroda is 1-2 with a 4.12 ERA in three starts against the A's, winning last May 27 in his lone one in Oakland - also the last time New York won there.
The right-hander will be hoping that the Yankees can end their season-high five-game drought without a homer. It's the club's longest drought since also going five games from May 17-21, 2006, and it hasn't gone six in a row without a homer since June 12-17, 1996.
"It's part of the game. You have to fight your way out of it," manager Joe Girardi said. "We know the guys are capable."
Travis Hafner is in a 0-for-14 drought while Kevin Youkilis is 5 for 30 this month with no homers.
Oakland has all four homers in this series, with Brandon Moss connecting twice Wednesday. He's 5 for 40 over his last 19 games, with all of the hits leaving the ballpark.
"I'll take that," said Moss, batting .228. "It's not where I want to be, obviously. I'd much rather be getting hits also."
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 7:19:18 PM EST|