|TAMPA BAY ( MOORE )|
NY YANKEES ( HUGHES )
|919||TAMPA BAY||-140||Ov 8,-110||-145||Ov 8,-105|
|920||NY YANKEES||+130||Un 8,-110||+135||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-31||+1.1||34-32||4.4||0.257||0.325||4.4||0.241||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.2||1-6||4.1||0.270||0.328||2.7||0.203||0.261|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-13||+5.9||9-20||3.2||0.229||0.300||3.7||0.253||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.1||2-4||3.0||0.220||0.266||4.1||0.252||0.317|
|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)||1-0||W||-105||8 un||U||8||10||1||2||2||0|
|7/28/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||PRICE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||ARCHER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/3/2013||MOORE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||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)||0-1||L||-105||8 un||U||2||2||0||8||10||1|
|7/28/2013||HUGHES(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/30/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||KURODA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||NOVA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (61-42) at New York (54-49), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Derek Jeter could return to the New York Yankees on Sunday.
They'll likely need all the help they can get against the red-hot Matt Moore.
Moore takes the mound Sunday looking to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to their second ever three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium.
After a 10-6 slugfest in favor of Tampa Bay (62-42) on Friday, Chris Archer turned in a two-hitter in a 1-0 win Saturday, the club's 24th victory in 29 games. Kelly Johnson drove in the lone run with a sixth-inning single, while the Yankees' only hits came from Brett Gardner and Lyle Overbay.
New York (54-50) was still without Jeter, who was eligible to come off the disabled list but instead played a simulated game in Staten Island as manager Joe Girardi said the club wanted him to test his strained right quadriceps.
"You can be in great shape, but playing shape's a little bit different because you're getting used to standing around, starting and stopping, so we had to do all that," Girardi said. "As of right now, he came out very well. So we'll see how he feels (Sunday)."
Girardi added that Jeter, whose only game this season was July 11 against Kansas City, will start at shortstop if he's feeling well.
"It's obviously someone we've been waiting for for a long time," Girardi said. "We had him for one day. We won that game, so hopefully his ratio continues."
Alex Rodriguez, meanwhile, remained rehabbing at the team's minor league facility in Tampa, Fla., and Travis Hafner didn't play, undergoing an MRI on his shoulder.
New York's outlook doesn't appear favorable against Moore (14-3, 3.17 ERA), who seeks his seventh win in as many starts. Jeter might be able to provide some help, with his .455 average against the left-hander ranking fourth among all players with at least 10 at-bats against him.
Moore owns a 1.50 ERA during his six-start win streak, which began with an 8-3 victory in New York on June 20 when he gave up three runs over 6 1-3 innings. He's allowed three earned runs over his last 29 2-3 innings.
The 24-year-old Moore is coming off his first career shutout, throwing 109 pitches while allowing two hits in a 3-0 win at Boston on Monday.
"I think that's the most efficient I've been," said Moore, who is 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA in three outings against the Yankees this year. "I think that's probably the best game I've ever thrown (considering) the Red Sox are playing well, and we're on the road."
New York is hoping to avoid being swept at home by the Rays for the first time since Sept. 25-27, 1999, when Jeter was 25 years old.
The Yankees have lost eight of 11 and are on the verge of going homerless in 10 straight games for the first time since 1984. Alfonso Soriano hasn't yet provided the pop the team hoped for when acquiring him from the Chicago Cubs, as he's 0 for 8 in two games.
Scheduled starter Phil Hughes (4-9, 4.33) has become all too familiar with a lack of offensive help. He's 1-5 in his last seven starts despite a 3.61 ERA, receiving an average of 2.3 runs of support.
Hughes is 1-7 in 10 home starts this year with a 5.63 ERA but has done well lately versus the Rays, going 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA in his last six games against them.
Yunel Escobar, who doubled in each of the series' first two games, is 7 for 19 off Hughes, while Matt Joyce is 5 for 13 with a double, a triple and two homers. Luke Scott is 8 for 16 versus the right-hander.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:30:47 PM EST|