|NY YANKEES ( KURODA )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|913||NY YANKEES||+110||Ov 8.5,-120||+110||Ov 8.5,+100|
|914||BALTIMORE||-120||Un 8.5,+100||-120||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-26||-2.9||23-26||4.2||0.247||0.299||4.1||0.259||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||3-4||3.3||0.238||0.301||5.1||0.265||0.309|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-27||+6.4||32-26||5.0||0.272||0.320||4.8||0.265||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0||3-4||5.4||0.263||0.296||4.9||0.276||0.336|
|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||SABATHIA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||MCFARLAND(L)||3-4||L||105||8.5 ev||U||11||9||1||5||2||0|
|6/29/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)||3-11||L||125||9 un||O||11||10||0||15||5||1|
|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||SABATHIA(L)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|7/7/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|6/17/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||1-5||L||175||8.5 ov||U||7||8||0||14||7||0|
|6/18/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||5-2||W||187||8 ov||U||9||7||1||9||10||0|
|6/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||13-3||W||125||9 un||O||17||5||0||11||10||0|
|6/21/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-7||L||110||9 ov||O||7||2||0||9||4||0|
|6/22/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)||2-4||L||-115||9.5 un||U||6||3||0||4||2||1|
|6/23/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||5-13||L||145||8.5 ov||O||11||6||0||14||6||1|
|6/28/2013||MCFARLAND(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-3||W||-115||8.5 ev||U||5||2||0||11||9||1|
|6/29/2013||BRITTON(L)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||11-3||W||-135||9 un||O||15||5||1||11||10||0|
|6/30/2013||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/3/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/4/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/5/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/7/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Orioles Preview* =========================
New York (42-37) at Baltimore (45-36), 8:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles have won seven straight starts by Chris Tillman.
Adding Brian Roberts back to their lineup can only enhance their chances of making it eight in a row.
Tillman will be on the mound and Roberts will play for the first time since the season's first week when the Orioles try for their first three-game sweep of the New York Yankees in over eight years Sunday night at home.
Tillman (9-2, 3.72 ERA) improved to 6-0 with a 3.98 ERA over his last seven outings as he allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over Cleveland to capture his fifth straight start. He's bidding to become the first Oriole to win six games in a month since Rodrigo Lopez in July 2002.
The right-hander has matched his career-high win total from last season. He hasn't faced the Yankees this year, and is 2-3 in seven starts against them with an 8.16 ERA - his second-worst against any AL opponent.
Robinson Cano is 8 for 16 against Tillman while Ichiro Suzuki is 1 for 10.
Tillman and the Orioles will be boosted by the return of Roberts, out since April 4 with an injured hamstring. Roberts went 3 for 13 in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk that ended Friday.
Baltimore (46-36) will seek its first three-game sweep of New York (42-38) since April 15-17, 2005. The reeling Yankees will try to avoid their second five-game slide.
"They're a tough opponent and we get a chance to see them a bunch during the season, but we have a chance to go for the sweep," Orioles slugger Chris Davis said. "It would be huge for us."
Davis continued his season-long success versus New York with two homers and five RBIs in Saturday's 11-3 rout. He's the first in the majors to reach 30 homers and is 11 for 28 with four home runs against the Yankees in 2013.
Davis' 30 homers are the most in franchise history by the end of June.
"We made two mistakes with two curveballs tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We left them up in the zone and he hit them both out. He's not hitting 1.000, but I will say he is having a tremendous year. You have to make your pitches."
Cano is 5 for 9 in this series, but he's gone 11 straight games without an extra-base hit. The Yankees have lost 12 of 17 and are now closer to last place in the AL East than to the second-place Orioles.
"You just have to keep fighting," Cano said. "Hopefully, sooner or later, we'll turn it around and start winning games so we can get closer."
The Yankees are 6 for 26 with runners in scoring position in this series and have lost four straight games at Camden Yards for the first time in the park's 22-year history.
New York has totaled 16 runs over its last six games and starter Hiroki Kuroda (7-5, 2.77) could feel some pressure to keep Baltimore off the scoreboard Sunday due to those offensive woes.
Davis is 4 for 12 with a homer against Kuroda, Adam Jones is 5 for 12 and Nick Markakis 5 for 13. Roberts has never faced the right-hander, who is limiting hitters to a .227 average although New York has dropped his last four road outings.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 3:16:35 PM EST|