|KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )|
NY YANKEES ( HUGHES )
|917||KANSAS CITY||+135||Ov 9,-110||+135||Ov 9,+100|
|918||NY YANKEES||-145||Un 9,-110||-145||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-29||+3.9||26-33||4.4||0.267||0.320||3.9||0.255||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||5-1||5.9||0.254||0.333||6.4||0.272||0.343|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-28||+0||25-30||4.2||0.247||0.301||3.9||0.257||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||3-3||5.4||0.268||0.332||3.1||0.234||0.280|
|6/27/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||1-3||L||125||9 ov||U||7||7||1||6||4||0|
|6/28/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)||9-3||W||-135||8 ov||O||11||2||0||10||9||0|
|6/29/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||2-6||L||105||8.5 un||U||10||9||0||9||5||0|
|6/30/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||9-8||W||-110||8 ov||O||13||6||2||9||9||0|
|7/8/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/10/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/12/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|7/14/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|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)|| |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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 (KANSAS CITY-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Yankees Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Kansas City (41-43) at New York (48-39), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Following a rough end to their longest winning streak of the season, the New York Yankees are hoping Phil Hughes can continue his recent success and get them back on track.
The Yankees will try for their seventh win in eight games overall and sixth in a row against the Kansas City Royals on Monday night in the Bronx.
New York (48-40) had its six-game run snapped in stunning fashion Sunday, as Adam Jones hit a two-run homer off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Baltimore's 2-1 victory. It was Rivera's second blown save in 31 opportunities.
"Whenever it happens you're kind of shocked, that's how good (Rivera) is," manager Joe Girardi said.
Rivera is looking to reach 30 saves for the 15th time, which would break a tie with Trevor Hoffman for the major league record.
Hughes (4-7, 4.55 ERA) could give him the opportunity to achieve the milestone in this game, given how he's pitched in his last two starts. The right-hander has yielded three runs in 15 innings while going 1-1 in those games.
He allowed one run over seven innings to snap a three-start losing streak with a 7-3 victory at Minnesota on Tuesday.
"You want to keep that ball rolling," Hughes said. "Hopefully it's the start of a good stretch I can roll off here."
He'll have to pitch better at Yankee Stadium, where he's lost four straight starts with 9.00 ERA.
Despite a 6.10 ERA in seven career starts versus the Royals, Hughes has gone 5-1 in those games and has won his last five matchups. He gave up six runs and two homers over 5 2-3 innings of an 11-6 victory at Kansas City on May 10 in the latest one.
The Yankees have given Hughes 31 runs of support in those five consecutive victories.
Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson delivered the home runs off Hughes on May 10, though they're a combined 3 for 16 with seven strikeouts against him lifetime.
Teammate Eric Hosmer is hitless in seven career at-bats against Hughes, but comes in having gone 15 for 37 with five homers and nine RBIs in his last nine games.
The Royals (41-44), who haven't lost consecutive contests since a four-game skid June 18-22, begin a seven-game trip after finishing a 3-3 homestand with a 10-4 defeat to Oakland on Sunday.
"We've just got to be more consistent," Hosmer said.
After a solid start to the season, Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie (7-6, 4.29) hasn't been able to find his form in the past four starts, going 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA.
The right-hander allowed five runs over 6 1-3 innings and left without a decision in a 6-5 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.
Guthrie had dropped seven straight decisions against New York before giving up one run over seven innings of a 4-2 victory at Yankee Stadium on July 29, 2011. He's 4-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 15 career starts versus the Yankees.
Vernon Wells hit a pair of home runs to help New York sweep the three-game series in Kansas City from May 10-12. He's gone 8 for 21 (.381) in his last five games against the Royals.
Billy Butler went 1 for 12 in that series, leaving him at 2 for 20 in his last five games against the Yankees.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:44:25 AM EST|