|BOSTON ( DOUBRONT )|
NY YANKEES ( PETTITTE )
|915||BOSTON||-110||Ov 9,-115||-115||Ov 9,+105|
|916||NY YANKEES||+100||Un 9,-105||+105||Un 9,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||29-19||+5.8||18-27||4.8||0.269||0.336||3.5||0.248||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.6||3-3||7.0||0.310||0.396||3.9||0.235||0.282|
|vs Left-handed Starters||27-19||+10.4||18-26||3.9||0.248||0.317||3.8||0.260||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||6-1||6.0||0.278||0.342||4.4||0.252||0.300|
|8/23/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||0-2||L||-105||7.5 un||U||2||2||0||3||1||0|
|8/24/2013||LESTER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-2||W||110||7 ov||U||8||6||1||5||6||0|
|8/25/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||8-1||W||-115||7.5 ev||O||12||6||0||3||3||0|
|8/30/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-3||W||-170||9 ov||U||6||10||0||6||5||0|
|8/31/2013||PEAVY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||7-2||W||-215||9 un||P||15||11||0||5||5||1|
|9/1/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||7-6||W||-235||9.5 ev||O||8||8||0||11||7||1|
|9/5/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||9-8||W||-105||8 un||O||16||11||0||10||6||1|
|9/6/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUFF(L)|| |
|9/8/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/12/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|8/23/2013||KURODA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-7||L||100||7 un||O||5||4||0||9||1||0|
|8/24/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||2-4||L||165||7 un||U||6||4||1||7||5||0|
|8/25/2013||NOVA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-2||W||145||7 un||U||10||6||0||6||5||1|
|8/26/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||2-5||L||-105||8.5 ev||U||7||7||1||7||6||1|
|8/27/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||7-1||W||-115||9 ev||U||12||9||0||10||5||1|
|8/28/2013||KURODA(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||2-7||L||-140||8.5 un||O||5||6||1||10||6||0|
|9/2/2013||HUGHES(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||9-1||W||-140||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||7||5||3|
|9/3/2013||KURODA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||6-4||W||-140||7 ov||O||9||6||1||7||5||2|
|9/4/2013||SABATHIA(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||6-5||W||-175||8.5 ov||O||8||5||1||8||8||1|
|9/9/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||NOVA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||HUFF(L)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|9/13/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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.
|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 (BOSTON-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Sox-Yankees Preview* =========================
Boston (84-57) at New York (75-64), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Andy Pettitte would have four straight wins for the New York Yankees had their bullpen not surrendered a lead in his last start.
The Boston Red Sox made sure that wasn't their most recent blown lead by getting to Mariano Rivera in the opener of this four-game set in the Bronx.
The wild card-chasing Yankees look to regroup Friday night behind Pettitte, who will face fellow left-hander Felix Doubront.
New York (75-65) was one strike away from winning Thursday before Stephen Drew singled home the tying run off Rivera in the ninth inning. Shane Victorino added a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th for the Red Sox's third straight victory and 10th in 12 games, 9-8.
"Just a character win, a team win," Boston manager John Farrell said.
The Yankees were on the verge of a dramatic victory, rallying from a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. Instead they remained 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card.
The frustration was evident when reliever Joba Chamberlain was ejected by first base umpire Joe West. Victorino was ruled to have checked his swing against Chamberlain right before the deciding hit.
"It's frustrating because, you know what, I thought he went. But you have to be able to overcome things," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Pitching for the third straight day, Rivera suffered his sixth blown save. It's unlikely he will be available Friday.
"We just blew it," Rivera said.
The Yankees will also be one reliever short in the bullpen since Girardi said right-hander Shawn Kelley is out until next week because of inflammation in his triceps.
Pettitte (10-9, 4.01 ERA) will try to help New York recover after going 3-0 with a 1.05 ERA in his last four outings. He allowed two runs over six-plus innings Sunday when the Yankees allowed seven in the seventh inning of a 7-3 loss to Baltimore.
The left-hander began his streak by yielding three unearned runs to earn a 10-3 win at Boston (85-57) on Aug. 16, improving to 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox this year.
He was opposed last month by Doubront (10-6, 3.89), who allowed seven runs over four innings to fall to 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA in three 2013 starts versus the Yankees.
Doubront won his next two outings before lasting 3 2-3 innings and giving up four runs Sunday in a 7-6 victory over the White Sox.
He owns good career numbers against numerous Yankees. Robinson Cano is 2 for 18 against him and Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Mark Reynolds and Ichiro Suzuki are all 2 for 13.
David Ortiz is a .371 regular-season hitter against Pettitte and Jacoby Ellsbury is at .333. Dustin Pedroia is a .229 hitter versus Pettitte and mired in a 6-for-32 slump.
Ellsbury singled and recorded his major league-best 52nd steal in the 10th ahead of Victorino's hit. The Red Sox's speed was on display in the ninth when pinch runner Quintin Berry stole second before Drew drove him in.
The Red Sox lead the Rays by 6 1/2 games in the AL East.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 10:27:35 AM EST|