|TEXAS ( GRIMM )|
NY YANKEES ( PETTITTE )
|915||TEXAS||+110||Ov 9,-105||+120||Ov 9,-115|
|916||NY YANKEES||-120||Un 9,-115||-130||Un 9,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-9||+4||9-15||4.7||0.273||0.341||3.7||0.238||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.5||2-4||4.3||0.249||0.285||3.4||0.229||0.305|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-25||-1.6||22-26||4.2||0.246||0.299||4.0||0.257||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.5||3-4||3.9||0.225||0.286||4.4||0.279||0.323|
|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)||3-4||L||-120||7.5 ev||U||7||5||2||8||8||1|
|6/26/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|6/27/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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||GAUSMAN(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||HUGHES(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||@ 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 ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Texas (44-32) at New York (41-34), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees are hoping to continue their turnaround by adding to their recent dominance against the Texas Rangers. Andy Pettitte is seeking to start his Wednesday night.
Winless since his 250th career victory, Pettitte will try to end his woes by leading the Yankees to another win over the Rangers.
At one point during its 10-game homestand, New York (42-34) suffered its seventh loss in nine contests but has gotten back on track by winning three of its last four. The Yankees have batted .254 and scored 18 runs in those four games after hitting .194 and producing 27 runs during their 2-7 stretch.
They also have a 3.00 ERA in the past four contests after posting a 5.06 mark in the previous nine.
New York's pitchers managed to keep Texas from adding to a two-run lead Tuesday, and that allowed the Yankees to rally for a 4-3 victory. Ichiro Suzuki kept his team out of extra innings with a two-out homer in the ninth, his team's fourth of the game.
New York had hit four home runs in its prior 15 games.
"Love it," manager Joe Girardi said. "Sometimes it's tough to score runs when you're not hitting home runs. We got enough tonight."
The win was the 12th in the past 16 matchups with the Rangers (44-33), who had won a season-high five in a row, and 12th in the last 14 home meetings.
Pettitte (5-5, 4.20) will seek to help New York beat Texas again while trying to avoid losing three straight starts for the first time since 2008.
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA in his two starts since becoming the 45th pitcher to reach the 250-win plateau. He gave up five runs over 6 2-3 innings Thursday in an 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
"I just need to be better," Pettitte told the team's website. "I need to shut these guys down once in a while and give us a chance to score first one time instead of always being in a hole. And I feel like I'm putting us in a hole every time out right now."
Pettitte is 13-10 with a 4.82 ERA in 27 career starts against the Rangers, including four in the postseason, and will face them for the first time since an 8-0 loss in Game 3 of the 2010 ALCS.
Justin Grimm, meanwhile, will make his first appearance against the Yankees as he looks to build on his best outing in what's been a difficult month. Grimm (6-5, 5.57) gave up three runs over five innings in last Wednesday's 9-4 victory over Oakland after going 0-2 with an 11.40 ERA in his first three starts in June.
"He's been working hard, and he's been battling," manager Ron Washington told the team's website. "It's always been one inning for him, but tonight we were able to come back, get back in the ballgame, take the lead and hold on to it."
Girardi's next win will be the 600th of his career. He's earned 521 of those wins in his six seasons with New York.
With his next victory, Pettitte will tie Bob Gibson for 44th on the all-time list.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:19:34 PM EST|