|BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )|
NY YANKEES ( KURODA )
|965||BALTIMORE||+125||Ov 9,+100||+110||Ov 9,+115|
|966||NY YANKEES||-135||Un 9,-120||-120||Un 9,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-28||+6.3||32-28||5.0||0.270||0.317||4.7||0.263||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||1-5||4.1||0.247||0.281||3.3||0.259||0.317|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-27||+1.2||25-29||4.3||0.247||0.301||4.0||0.258||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.2||3-3||5.6||0.267||0.333||3.4||0.245||0.284|
|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)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 un||U||8||4||0||6||8||0|
|7/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||2-5||L||-120||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||10||7||0|
|7/3/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-2||W||-125||8.5 un||U||9||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/4/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||-105||9 ov||U||3||3||1||7||4||1|
|7/5/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||2-3||L||-110||9 un||U||3||2||2||7||13||0|
|7/6/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-5||L||110||9 ov||P||11||5||0||10||8||1|
|7/7/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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)||2-4||L||120||8.5 un||U||6||8||0||8||4||0|
|7/1/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||10-4||W||-120||8 un||O||14||8||1||8||9||2|
|7/2/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||7-3||W||100||8.5 un||O||10||4||0||9||9||1|
|7/3/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)||3-2||W||-165||8 un||U||4||4||1||8||9||0|
|7/4/2013||PHELPS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||9-5||W||115||8.5 un||O||13||4||0||11||7||0|
|7/8/2013||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||SABATHIA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||NOVA(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||PETTITTE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|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.
|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 (BALTIMORE-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Yankees Preview* =========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Baltimore (48-39) at New York (47-39), 1:05 p.m. EDT
What a difference a week makes.
The New York Yankees, winners of six straight, look to avenge last weekend's three-game sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles with one of their own Sunday afternoon in the Bronx.
Since last Sunday's 4-2 loss in Baltimore, the Yankees (48-39) have swept Minnesota in a four-game set before taking the first two of this series, including a 5-4 come-from-behind victory Saturday.
Lyle Overbay had three hits and Eduardo Nunez, playing his first game in two months, came off the disabled list to drive in two runs for New York, which has won four of the five meetings with the Orioles at Yankee Stadium this season.
"Nuney is kind of a free spirit," manager Joe Girardi said. "I don't think he thought a lot about not having a lot of at-bats (while rehabbing a left side strain)."
Baltimore (48-40), which jumped out to a 3-0 lead Sunday, has dropped four of five since sweeping the Yankees despite Chris Davis staying hot against the AL East rivals. He hit a two-run homer in the first and now has six while batting .342 in 11 meetings with New York in 2013.
Davis' 33rd homer and 85th RBI equaled both of his totals from all of last season, matching the numbers in exactly 200 fewer at-bats. Six of his last nine hits have left the ballpark, though he's batting only .220 over his last 12.
"Anytime you're leading early in the game, you expect to continue to lead, or at least put up some more runs," said Davis, whose 33 homers before the All-Star break are tied for fourth all-time among AL players. "Leads in this game don't last very long, especially in this ballpark and with their offense."
Davis has homered twice off Hiroki Kuroda this season, including last Sunday when Kuroda (7-6, 2.95 ERA) allowed all four runs over six innings.
The right-hander had given up two earned runs in each of his previous three starts prior to that defeat. He has a 4.13 ERA in eight outings, though, since giving up five runs in two innings of a 6-3 loss to the Orioles on May 22.
Kuroda originally was scheduled to start Friday's series opener, but a sore left hip flexor delayed his outing. An MRI didn't show any tears.
"That's the best news that we could have gotten," Girardi said. "He's felt better."
Kuroda is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in three starts versus Baltimore this season and will try to avoid a second loss to Jason Hammel.
Hammel (7-5, 5.19) allowed two runs and struck out six in 6 2-3 innings to earn the victory May 22. He also beat the Yankees 5-3 on April 13 after giving up two runs in six innings.
The right-hander, though, is 0-3 with a 5.55 ERA over his last six starts - all Baltimore defeats - and ranks among the worst in the majors having given up 18 home runs. He allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings of Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, including a pair of homers.
"It's just balls that are up in the zone that get hit out this year weren't last year," Hammel said. "It's kind of just the way I'm going right now. The mistakes are being amplified."
Baltimore leads the majors with 119 homers, but its pitching has allowed an MLB-worst 117.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 11:16:25 AM EST|