|TEXAS ( DARVISH )|
NY YANKEES ( KURODA )
|959||TEXAS||-115||Ov 8,+105||-125||Ov 7.5,+100|
|960||NY YANKEES||+105||Un 8,-125||+115||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-23||-0.5||18-30||4.2||0.257||0.307||4.1||0.250||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.7||3-3||5.0||0.268||0.303||3.9||0.230||0.303|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-25||-2.7||22-25||4.2||0.247||0.299||4.0||0.258||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||4-3||4.1||0.234||0.298||4.7||0.286||0.337|
|6/21/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||6-4||W||-105||8 ov||O||11||8||0||6||7||1|
|6/22/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||4-2||W||165||8 un||U||9||6||0||7||4||1|
|6/23/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||2-1||W||175||7.5 ev||U||7||6||0||7||7||1|
|6/25/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|6/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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)||1-3||L||-115||9 ov||U||7||7||0||9||12||1|
|6/28/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GARCIA(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)|| |
|6/30/2013||KURODA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/1/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|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 (TEXAS-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Yankees Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Texas (44-32) at New York (41-34), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers won a memorable duel when he squared off with Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees for the first time.
More than a year later in the rematch - the 11th matchup between Japanese starting pitchers in major league history - it's Darvish trying to put the brakes on the longest winless stretch of his career Tuesday night in New York.
The meeting April 24, 2012, was only the fourth career big league start for Darvish and captivated Japan as it was broadcast live across the country. Darvish struck out 10 while throwing 8 1-3 innings in a 2-0 victory in Texas. Kuroda yielded two runs in 6 2-3 innings.
But Darvish (7-3, 2.84 ERA) is 0-2 in six starts since May 16 despite a 2.66 ERA. Texas (44-32) has supplied him with an average of 1.99 runs of support in those outings.
He struck out 10 against Oakland last Tuesday, increasing his baseball-leading total to 137, but also allowed a season-high five runs over six innings in a 6-2 defeat.
"I didn't feel that I pitched badly but I think I gave up runs too easily," said Darvish, who never went more than six straight starts without a win during seven seasons in Japan. He hadn't gone more than three in a row in the majors without winning.
Kuroda (7-5, 2.78) also saw a dearth of run support during a five-start winless streak from May 22-June 13, receiving five runs over 28 2-3 innings. He put the skid to an end Wednesday with 6 2-3 innings of two-run ball in a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers.
Last April's meeting was Kuroda's second loss in as many career starts versus Texas before a two-hit shutout in a 3-0 win for the Yankees (41-34) in the Bronx on Aug. 14.
Compatriot Ichiro Suzuki, who has one hit in four straight games, went 6 for 11 against Darvish last season with a double and a triple.
Darvish, originally slated to start Sunday, will be pitching on six days' rest. He's 6-1 with a 3.04 ERA with that much time off, including wins in two such outings this season while throwing 15 2-3 scoreless innings.
Texas didn't miss him Sunday, completing a three-game sweep with a 2-1 win in its first visit to St. Louis since losing Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. It was the club's fifth consecutive victory after losing seven of eight and the first time the Cardinals have been swept this season.
"It says a lot when you sweep a team that's that talented, so I think that's definitely a boost," said Daniel Murphy, who went 2 for 4 with a double. "We had a lot of fun, we played with energy and we did exactly what we wanted to."
After totaling 13 runs in back-to-back wins over Tampa Bay, the Yankees were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position in a 3-1 defeat to the Rays on Sunday.
Rookie Zoilo Almonte remained hot with two doubles in four at-bats, improving to 7 for 12 with four RBIs in five major league games.
Ian Kinsler is 11 for 27 with six RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak but went hitless in 11 at-bats in the teams' series in New York last season. Nelson Cruz has hit .379 with 11 RBIs over his last seven games but is batting .191 in 34 games against the Yankees.
New York has won 11 of 13 against Texas at Yankee Stadium.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 7:34:57 AM EST|