|TAMPA BAY ( MOORE )|
NY YANKEES ( PETTITTE )
|919||TAMPA BAY||-105||Ov 8,-105||+100||Ov 8,-105|
|920||NY YANKEES||-105||Un 8,-115||-110||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-9||+0.1||10-9||4.8||0.257||0.324||3.6||0.226||0.303|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.3||3-3||2.7||0.231||0.293||5.0||0.270||0.328|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-8||+7.6||6-15||3.3||0.223||0.295||3.6||0.248||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||2-4||2.9||0.181||0.243||4.9||0.287||0.361|
|6/6/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||2-5||L||182||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||13||8||0|
|6/13/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||1-10||L||-140||7.5 un||O||6||6||0||14||5||1|
|6/14/2013||MOORE(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||2-7||L||-165||8 un||O||7||7||0||10||7||0|
|6/15/2013||COBB(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-3||W||-170||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||8||9||1|
|6/16/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-5||L||-145||8 un||P||7||8||1||11||10||0|
|6/18/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||1-5||L||105||10 un||U||6||8||1||8||8||0|
|6/18/2013||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||1-3||L||140||10 un||U||4||3||0||7||6||0|
|6/19/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||6-2||W||120||9.5 un||U||15||10||0||7||5||1|
|6/20/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||COLOME(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|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)||2-3||L||100||7.5 un||U||10||14||0||12||12||2|
|6/14/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||2-5||L||145||8 un||U||6||7||0||13||10||1|
|6/15/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||2-6||L||115||8 ov||P||5||4||0||12||10||1|
|6/16/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||6-5||W||130||7 ov||O||9||3||0||9||7||2|
|6/19/2013||KURODA(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||6-4||W||-140||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||10||7||4|
|6/19/2013||HUGHES(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||0-6||L||-140||8 ov||U||3||3||0||12||6||0|
|6/20/2013||PETTITTE(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||PHELPS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||SABATHIA(L)||TAMPA BAY||COLOME(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||HUGHES(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|6/27/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|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).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Yankees Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (36-35) at New York (38-31), 7:05 p.m. EDT
After a terrific start to the year, Matt Moore has come undone over the last two weeks.
Manager Joe Maddon believes it's only a matter of time until he gets back on track.
Moore tries to avoid losing a career worst-tying fourth consecutive start as the Tampa Bay Rays open a four-game set against the New York Yankees on Thursday night.
Moore (8-3, 4.12 ERA) opened 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA, but he's been knocked around in losing each of his three starts this month. The 24-year-old left-hander, surrendering an AL-worst 4.72 walks per nine innings, has allowed 20 runs, 26 hits and 11 free passes in 12 1-3 innings during his skid.
"If you just think about what I've done the last few starts, it's pretty disappointing," said Moore, who lost four straight outings Aug. 30-Sept. 16. "Anytime that the command is not there, usually it's something that had to do with my delivery."
Moore saw his woes continue Friday in a 7-2 loss to Kansas City, yielding five runs, seven hits and four walks over 5 1-3 innings.
"I believe it's going to come," Maddon told MLB's official website. "I'm not overtly worried about it. I don't know exactly when it's going to be consistent. But this guy is going to be a very, very good major league pitcher. Already is. It's just a little bit frustrating to watch right now."
Moore has allowed a combined two runs in two starts spanning 14 innings against New York this year, going 1-0 with a .146 opponent batting average. He's 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 35 1-3 innings over six matchups in the series.
Vernon Wells and Jayson Nix are a combined 2 for 22 against Moore, though Robinson Cano is 4 for 12 with a homer. Wells is 6 for 56 in 16 games this month.
The Yankees (39-32) counter with Andy Pettitte (5-4, 3.95), who gave up four runs and a season-high 11 hits in seven innings Friday in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
"It was frustrating," said Pettitte, who turned 41 on Saturday. "I felt pretty good, but my command definitely wasn't quite where I wanted it to be. ... You've got to make quality pitches. I was just trying to be real aggressive with all of my pitches."
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in his last four home starts and also has struggled against the Rays lately, going 1-3 with a 5.04 ERA over a five-start stretch.
Pettitte, who struck out a season-best 10 in six innings during a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay on April 24, is 12 strikeouts away from tying Whitey Ford's franchise record of 1,956.
While Evan Longoria is 2 for 21 with one homer and 11 strikeouts versus Pettitte, Ben Zobrist is 9 for 22 with two home runs.
The Rays (37-35) entered Wednesday having dropped eight of 10 before winning 6-2 at Boston. Desmond Jennings hit his ninth homer and prized prospect Wil Myers, playing in his third game, collected his first two RBIs.
"He's the proverbial five-tool guy - maybe the six-tool with the makeup, too," Maddon said of Myers. "He's on the right path."
The Yankees have lost six of eight after splitting Wednesday's doubleheader with the Dodgers.
New York and Tampa Bay have split six meetings this season - all at Tropicana Field. The Rays haven't won any of their last eight series in the Bronx.
|Last Updated: 2/18/2018 7:55:56 PM EST|