|NY YANKEES ( PETTITTE )|
BOSTON ( DOUBRONT )
|967||NY YANKEES||+135||Ov 9.5,-115||+150||Ov 9.5,+100|
|968||BOSTON||-145||Un 9.5,-105||-160||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-12||+5.5||9-18||3.3||0.229||0.300||3.8||0.254||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||3-4||3.6||0.265||0.341||3.9||0.244||0.289|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-11||+5.8||12-17||4.8||0.273||0.346||3.6||0.255||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||4-3||5.7||0.271||0.336||5.4||0.261||0.326|
|7/8/2013||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-5||L||-145||9 ov||U||9||10||1||10||9||0|
|7/9/2013||SABATHIA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-3||L||-145||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||6||0|
|7/10/2013||NOVA(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||8-1||W||-140||8.5 un||O||9||4||0||6||7||0|
|7/11/2013||PETTITTE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||8-4||W||-115||8 un||O||11||6||2||10||9||0|
|7/19/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|7/20/2013||KURODA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|7/22/2013|| ||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|7/23/2013|| ||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|7/5/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||6-2||W||125||8.5 un||U||13||8||0||6||5||2|
|7/6/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||7-9||L||-110||8.5 un||O||12||14||2||17||9||3|
|7/7/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||0-3||L||120||8 ev||U||5||7||0||7||5||1|
|7/8/2013||LESTER(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-11||L||110||7 un||O||10||9||1||15||10||0|
|7/9/2013||WEBSTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||11-8||W||125||7.5 ov||O||16||10||0||13||6||0|
|7/10/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||11-4||W||-135||8 un||O||12||10||0||9||7||1|
|7/11/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||8-7||W||-135||8 ov||O||10||10||2||12||9||0|
|7/12/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||4-2||W||100||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||3||6||2|
|7/13/2013||LESTER(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||0-3||L||110||8 un||U||7||8||0||8||6||1|
|7/14/2013||WORKMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||2-3||L||145||8.5 un||U||9||9||1||5||4||0|
|7/19/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|7/20/2013||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||LESTER(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/22/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/23/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Red Sox Preview* =========================
New York (51-44) at Boston (58-39), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The AL-leading Boston Red Sox are thrilled that 13 of their first 16 games after the All-Star break will be at home.
The New York Yankees are mired in fourth place in the AL East and have to be hoping they can duplicate last year's success at Fenway Park - which they haven't visited in 2013.
These longtime rivals open a three-game set Friday night, and star second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to play for the Yankees after leaving the All-Star game with a leg injury.
Boston (58-39) starts a seven-game homestand against New York and second-place Tampa Bay in its first game at Fenway since July 4. The Red Sox lead the Rays by 2 1/2 games in the East.
"The most important thing for us is that we get off the road, we get back into this ballpark and feed off the energy of the people here in Fenway," manager John Farrell said. "We're looking forward to the start of this homestand."
The Yankees (51-44) are six games back as they start a seven-game road stretch that includes a series with Texas.
New York's primary concern this week was the condition of Cano. He hobbled off the field after being hit on the right leg by a pitch from Mets ace Matt Harvey in the first inning of Tuesday's All-Star game.
X-rays were negative, and Cano said it was a bruised quadriceps. He indicated that Yankees head athletic trainer Steve Donohue says he will be fine.
"Oh, yeah, they called Steve and everything is good with them," Cano said. "They said just put ice on it, the X-ray was negative, and get some rest."
Cano has two singles in 19 at-bats against Boston this year, with New York losing four of six. He only batted .200 last season at Fenway after entering the year with a career .355 average in Boston, but the Yankees captured seven of nine meetings.
The Red Sox lead the majors in numerous offensive categories, most notably runs (498), extra-base hits (338) and walks (357).
Those are departments in which the injury-plagued Yankees are lagging behind. New York is tied for 20th in runs with 373, is 28th in extra-base hits with 234 and 16th in walks with 273. The Yankees finished third in the major leagues in walks last year.
"We've got to be more consistent offensively," manager Joe Girardi said. "And if we do that, we're going to have a shot. But that's probably what we need to do, more than anything."
The season series has demonstrated how Boston has gotten contributions from different sources this year. Mike Napoli has a team-high six RBIs and Daniel Nava is second with five while Jose Iglesias owns a team-best 12 hits.
Napoli is looking forward to his first taste of this rivalry in Boston.
"I haven't experienced that yet," he said. "I'm pretty sure the atmosphere is going to be (great). I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure (Friday) is going to be a fun day."
Both teams will start left-handers with Boston's Felix Doubront (6-3, 3.91 ERA) matching up with Andy Pettitte (7-6, 4.39).
Doubront allowed one run over six innings June 1 to earn an 11-1 victory over the Yankees, giving him a 2-1 mark and 2.32 ERA in five starts against them.
Cano is 1 for 14 off of him.
Pettitte has gone 2-3 with a 5.35 ERA over his last six starts, although he won the last two. He earned a 4-2 victory over Boston on April 4 by yielding one run over a season-high eight innings.
The veteran last pitched at Fenway in 2010. He's 7-3 with a 4.05 ERA in 17 regular-season starts there.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is 21 for 56 (.375) with one homer against Pettitte.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 1:15:13 AM EST|