|TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )|
NY YANKEES ( NOVA )
|973||TAMPA BAY||+115||Ov 9.5,-110||+100||Ov 9,-110|
|974||NY YANKEES||-125||Un 9.5,-110||-110||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-27||-6.5||29-19||4.6||0.258||0.325||4.9||0.254||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||2-4||3.7||0.255||0.301||4.4||0.253||0.325|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-24||-1.6||22-24||4.3||0.247||0.300||4.0||0.258||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||4-2||4.3||0.225||0.290||5.1||0.297||0.347|
|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)||8-3||W||-105||8 un||O||14||7||0||6||5||1|
|6/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||2-6||L||100||9 un||U||9||9||0||11||3||0|
|6/22/2013||COLOME(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-7||L||140||8 un||O||7||2||2||7||10||1|
|6/23/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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)||3-8||L||-105||8 un||O||6||5||1||14||7||0|
|6/21/2013||PHELPS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-2||W||-110||9 un||U||11||3||0||9||9||0|
|6/22/2013||SABATHIA(L)||TAMPA BAY||COLOME(R)||7-5||W||-150||8 un||O||7||10||1||7||2||2|
|6/23/2013||NOVA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (38-36) at New York (40-33), 2:05 p.m. EDT
With the New York Yankees showing signs of breaking out of their monthlong offensive slump, Ivan Nova might be making his return at an opportune time.
The right-hander will try to remain unbeaten against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Sunday when New York looks to finish this four-game series with a third straight win.
While they rank near the bottom of the major leagues with a .219 batting average and 70 runs scored in June, the Yankees (41-33) have started to heat up with 13 runs and 18 hits in their last two victories.
Vernon Wells, batting .118 over his previous 30 games, came off the bench to hit a three-run double that keyed a four-run seventh inning as New York rallied for a 7-5 win Saturday.
"It was good to hit a ball and it not land in somebody's glove," Wells said. "And it came at a great time."
Rookie Zoilo Almonte, called up from Triple-A on Tuesday, has sparked the team's scoring surge, going 5 for 7 with a homer and four RBIs in this series.
The Yankees now look to win three straight for the first time since a four-game run June 3-6.
Since a rainout against the Los Angeles Dodgers forced Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes to pitch in Wednesday's doubleheader, Nova (2-1, 5.16 ERA) is expected to make his first start for the Yankees since April 26.
Nova had a 2.04 ERA over three starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He's 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in four starts with New York.
Nova, though, has been tough on the Rays (38-37), going 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA in five career home starts.
He's done a particularly nice job against Ben Zobrist (2 for 18), Matt Joyce (2 for 17), Jose Molina (2 for 15) and Yunel Escobar (2 for 13).
Sean Rodriguez has had the most success when facing Nova with five hits - including a homer and two doubles - in 12 career at-bats, while Desmond Jennings was 4 for 9 with a double and triple last season.
Nova will get his first look at Rays rookie Wil Myers, who had three hits and a sixth-inning grand slam that gave Tampa Bay a brief 5-3 lead Saturday.
"It was just awesome to be down two strikes and the crowd cheering and to be able to put a swing like that on it," Myers said. "Just a cool experience."
Evan Longoria has also done some damage in this series, going 4 for 10 with three homers.
The Rays have dropped 10 of 14, largely due to a starting rotation that has a 6.24 ERA during that span. They're hoping to earn a series split with Chris Archer (1-3, 5.03) taking the ball.
The Yankees have never faced Archer, though a patient approach likely would serve them well. Archer has worked into the sixth inning only once in his four starts due to high pitch counts and 14 walks in 19 2-3 innings.
The right-hander threw a career-high 109 pitches in 4 2-3 on Tuesday, allowing five free passes and four runs, in a 5-1 loss at Boston.
He's 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA on the road in his career.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 5:32:15 AM EST|