|NY YANKEES ( KURODA )|
TEXAS ( HOLLAND )
|965||NY YANKEES||+140||Ov 9,+100||+140||Ov 7.5,-110|
|966||TEXAS||-150||Un 9,-120||-150||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-13||+4.5||9-19||3.3||0.227||0.299||3.8||0.254||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||2-4||3.4||0.237||0.292||4.9||0.261||0.318|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-32||-2.7||23-40||4.1||0.252||0.304||4.0||0.251||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||1-5||2.4||0.237||0.290||3.6||0.242||0.290|
|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)||2-4||L||160||9.5 ev||U||5||6||0||8||5||1|
|7/20/2013||KURODA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||5-2||W||140||9 ov||U||12||7||1||7||5||1|
|7/21/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||7-8||L||130||8.5 un||O||13||12||1||11||10||3|
|7/22/2013||NOVA(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||0-3||L||180||8.5 un||U||3||4||0||8||8||0|
|7/23/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)||5-4||W||155||9 un||P||8||4||1||6||5||0|
|7/24/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TEXAS||GARZA(R)||1-3||L||155||8.5 ov||U||6||5||0||9||8||2|
|7/25/2013||KURODA(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|7/26/2013||SABATHIA(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/27/2013||NOVA(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/28/2013||HUGHES(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||KURODA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||WOLF(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||1-3||L||135||9.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||2||1|
|7/12/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||2-7||L||170||9.5 un||U||10||10||0||11||6||1|
|7/13/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||7-1||W||145||8 un||P||12||7||0||6||8||1|
|7/14/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||0-5||L||155||8.5 ov||U||2||5||1||7||6||0|
|7/22/2013||DARVISH(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||3-0||W||-190||8.5 un||U||8||8||0||3||4||0|
|7/23/2013||OGANDO(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||4-5||L||-165||9 un||P||6||5||0||8||4||1|
|7/24/2013||GARZA(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-1||W||-165||8.5 ov||U||9||8||2||6||5||0|
|7/25/2013||HOLLAND(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||PEREZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|7/27/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||GARZA(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||HOLLAND(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||PEREZ(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|8/1/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|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.
|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.
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*Yankees-Rangers Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
New York (53-47) at Texas (55-45), 2:05 p.m. EDT
Strong pitching has keyed the Texas Rangers' success against the New York Yankees this year.
Derek Holland provided one of those performances, but doing it again at home may be an issue.
Holland attempts to win there for the first time in nearly two months Thursday, when the Rangers try to take this four-game set from the Yankees.
Texas (56-45) has won four of six meetings with New York, thanks in large part to the pitching staff's 2.35 ERA while limiting the Yankees to a .192 batting average.
The starters have been particularly dominant in those victories, compiling a 0.98 ERA. Matt Garza turned in the latest gem - allowing an unearned run in 7 1-3 innings of Wednesday's 3-1 win - in his Rangers debut after being acquired in a trade from the Chicago Cubs earlier this week.
The Rangers are hoping Holland (8-5, 3.10 ERA) can follow up that effort. He tossed a two-hitter in a 2-0 win at New York on June 27.
That was a stark contrast from the left-hander's previous eight regular-season meetings with the Yankees, during which he went 0-5 with an 8.85 ERA, including 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA in three home games.
Holland hasn't won there since beating Kansas City on May 31.
He's 0-3 with a 4.81 ERA over his last four starts at Rangers Ballpark, but wasn't entirely to blame for Friday's 3-1 loss to Baltimore. He allowed three runs in eight innings, and the offense went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
"I thought he threw the ball extremely well. He certainly threw it well enough that on any other night he might have got a victory," manager Ron Washington said.
The Yankees (53-48) may not need much offense behind Hiroki Kuroda (9-6, 2.65), who is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA over his last three starts.
The right-hander was sharp again in Saturday's 5-2 win at AL East-leading Boston, yielding two runs in seven innings.
"(Kuroda) had everything," manager Joe Girardi said. "His stuff was really crisp. He kept his pitch count down in the early innings. His stuff was really sharp."
Kuroda, though, has given up seven runs in 12 innings while losing his two career visits to Arlington, with the most recent coming on April 23, 2012.
He didn't get a decision against the Rangers on June 25, allowing three runs - two earned - with six strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-3 home win.
Kuroda has allowed A.J. Pierzynski to go 2 for 6 with a homer off him over the past three seasons. The catcher may be back in the lineup since he's 4 for 12 in this series after connecting for an RBI single in the first before a go-ahead, solo homer in the sixth Wednesday.
Brett Gardner is giving the Yankees some punch in the leadoff spot, going 9 for 20 over the past five games. He's a career .326 hitter against the Rangers, but has a .400 average with eight runs over the past 10 meetings.
Vernon Wells hasn't come close to being that effective, hitting .167 in 15 games against Texas. He's struck out five times while failing to get a hit in 11 at-bats versus Holland over the last two seasons.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:12:32 PM EST|