|TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )|
NY YANKEES ( NOVA )
|967||TAMPA BAY||-110||Ov 9,+105||-110||Ov 8,-105|
|968||NY YANKEES||+100||Un 9,-125||+100||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-31||+0.1||34-31||4.5||0.258||0.326||4.4||0.243||0.301|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.2||2-5||5.1||0.288||0.341||3.4||0.223||0.287|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-36||-5.4||30-36||4.2||0.249||0.303||4.1||0.256||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.3||2-4||3.7||0.254||0.297||4.3||0.252||0.313|
|7/19/2013||PRICE(L)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||8-5||W||-130||8.5 un||O||14||9||0||8||6||2|
|7/20/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||4-3||W||-105||9 ov||U||12||10||1||6||10||1|
|7/21/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||4-3||W||115||9 ov||U||8||7||1||8||11||0|
|7/22/2013||MOORE(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||3-0||W||-125||9 un||U||8||8||0||2||2||0|
|7/23/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||2-6||L||130||9.5 ev||U||7||5||1||12||7||0|
|7/24/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||5-1||W||-110||8.5 un||U||11||8||0||5||3||1|
|7/26/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||10-6||W||-110||8 un||O||12||7||0||11||8||2|
|7/27/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||ARCHER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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)||2-0||W||140||7.5 ev||U||10||8||0||7||6||1|
|7/26/2013||SABATHIA(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||6-10||L||+100||8 un||O||11||8||2||12||7||0|
|7/27/2013||NOVA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||HUGHES(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||KURODA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|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 (TAMPA BAY-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Yankees Preview* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (60-42) at New York (54-48), 1:05 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays' rotation is the primary reason they've surged to the top of the AL East.
The New York Yankees are hoping Alfonso Soriano can provide a spark with Derek Jeter sidelined at least one more game.
Rookie Chris Archer will try to keep the Rays rolling by winning a fifth straight decision against the foundering Yankees on Saturday.
Tampa Bay (61-42) has gotten a 2.13 ERA from the rotation, which has held opponents to .208 at the plate during a staggering 20-3 stretch that has vaulted the team atop the division.
The Rays are one-half game ahead of Boston after trailing by as many as seven on June 28.
Jeremy Hellickson turned in the latest strong performance Friday, yielding one run and four hits in six innings of a 10-6 win over the Yankees (54-49).
Archer (5-3, 2.76 ERA) has been a vital contributor to Tampa Bay's surge, going 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA over his last six starts and winning the last three behind a 0.41 ERA. The rookie right-hander began his four-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory at Yankee Stadium on June 23, yielding one run in six innings in his only career meeting with New York.
He was impressive Sunday, allowing one run in seven innings of a 4-3 win at Toronto.
"I've realized where my potential is and I'm striving for that every time out," Archer said.
While the Rays are the hottest team in baseball, the Yankees are scuffling through a 3-7 stretch.
New York is hitting .226 with no homers and 14 runs while dropping three of five. The team showed some signs of breaking out Friday with 11 hits but was unable to overcome a 10-1 deficit the final two innings.
The Yankees are hoping Soriano can begin making a difference. They acquired him from the Chicago Cubs on Friday, and he went 0 for 5 with one run and one RBI while batting cleanup.
"He's not the same player he used to be," general manager Brian Cashman said, "but he certainly provides some thunder from the right side that we've been lacking."
Pressure seems to be building on Cashman to find personnel to help the Yankees cut into their seven-game deficit to the Rays.
"We've obviously been trying to improve our offense, to no avail, throughout this season," Cashman said. "By far, (Soriano) is the best available bat to date."
New York could get a significant lift when Derek Jeter (right quadriceps) comes off the disabled list. He is eligible to be activated Saturday, but a decision won't be made until after he plays a simulated game that day.
The Yankees send Ivan Nova (4-3, 3.66) to the mound, and he's compiled a 2.55 ERA in seven games - four starts - since sitting out nearly a month with right triceps inflammation. Despite pitching better, he has just a 3-2 record to show for it since he's been backed by one total run in those defeats.
Nova didn't get any help Monday, when he allowed three runs in seven innings of a 3-0 loss at Texas.
His previous loss came to Archer, yielding three runs in 6 2-3 innings as his four-game home winning streak against the Rays ended.
Nova is 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA over his last eight overall games versus Tampa Bay.
Rays rookie Wil Myers has seven straight multihit games, going 15 for 30 with seven RBIs and six runs. The right fielder is 8 for 23 (.348) with five RBIs in five meetings with New York.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 3:25:35 AM EST|