|NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|961||NY YANKEES||+120||Ov 9,-110||+120||Ov 8.5,+100|
|962||BALTIMORE||-130||Un 9,-110||-130||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-47||-4.2||43-46||4.2||0.248||0.303||4.2||0.262||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||6-1||7.1||0.279||0.351||6.7||0.290||0.350|
|vs Left-handed Starters||23-24||-4.2||20-24||4.2||0.257||0.302||4.5||0.265||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||2-5||3.9||0.251||0.309||2.9||0.215||0.265|
|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||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|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||KURODA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||NOVA(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|8/27/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-13||L||110||9 un||O||4||4||0||14||5||0|
|8/28/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||3-4||L||170||9.5 un||U||7||4||0||9||9||0|
|8/29/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||3-2||W||135||8.5 un||U||7||10||0||8||5||0|
|8/30/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-8||L||115||8.5 un||O||9||5||0||13||5||0|
|8/31/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||0-2||L||120||9 un||U||3||4||1||7||7||0|
|9/1/2013||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||7-3||W||105||8.5 ov||O||12||5||0||7||10||0|
|9/2/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||7-2||W||110||8 un||O||11||8||0||6||4||0|
|9/3/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-4||L||-120||8 un||U||8||9||0||5||6||1|
|9/4/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||4-6||L||105||8.5 ov||O||6||4||0||10||5||1|
|9/5/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-1||W||-160||8.5 ev||U||7||3||0||5||4||0|
|9/6/2013||FELDMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-0||W||-185||8 un||U||9||4||0||5||4||1|
|9/7/2013||CHEN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-3||W||-170||8.5 un||U||13||12||1||7||5||3|
|9/8/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||2-4||L||-205||9 un||U||6||8||0||10||7||1|
|9/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/10/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||FELDMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|9/12/2013||CHEN(L)||NY YANKEES||HUFF(L)|| |
|9/13/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|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.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Orioles Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (75-67) at Baltimore (76-65), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees hope to move ahead of a team they're chasing in the wild-card race, but they may need CC Sabathia to end his struggles in Baltimore to make that happen.
Sabathia and the Yankees look to snap their longest losing streak in Baltimore in 31 years Monday night when they open a key four-game series against All-Star Chris Tillman and the Orioles.
New York (76-67), fourth in the AL East, salvaged the finale of its four-game set against first-place Boston on Sunday when Ichiro Suzuki scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win.
"We needed it, because we've had some pretty tough games the last couple days," said manager Joe Girardi, whose team could be without Derek Jeter for this series because of soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle.
While they trail the Red Sox by 10 games in the division, the Yankees are 2 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay - with Baltimore (76-66) and Cleveland in between - for the AL's final wild-card spot.
Now New York has a chance to slide past the Orioles with Sabathia (13-11, 4.86 ERA) on the mound in the opener of a 10-game road trip. The Yankees, however, have dropped five straight in Baltimore, their longest skid since losing nine in a row there between 1981-82.
Sabathia hasn't been sharp with a 6.88 ERA since July 21, but he's been helped by 30 runs of support in winning four of five starts. He showed improvement in his most recent outing Wednesday, when he yielded three runs and five hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 6-5 win over the White Sox.
"I feel like I'm getting better," Sabathia told the league's official website. "Like I've said, I'll keep building, keep working and try to help the team win."
The left-hander hasn't fared well in Baltimore lately, though. He's 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA in his five outings at Camden Yards over the past two seasons.
Manny Machado (5 for 14) and Nick Markakis (5 for 14) have had success against Sabathia this season, while Alexi Casilla is 16 for 31 lifetime in their matchups.
Teammate Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 48 home runs, is 4 for 12 with a homer when facing Sabathia this season. The slugger is 9 for 21 with five homers and nine RBIs in six home games against the Yankees.
After taking three of four from the White Sox to open its homestand, Baltimore looks for its fifth win in six home contests by giving the ball to Tillman (15-5, 3.71).
The right-hander hopes to bounce back after allowing a season-high five walks and four runs over 5 1-3 innings in a 4-3 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.
"As a starter, your goal is to keep it close and see what happens," said Tillman, who had a 2.57 ERA over his previous five starts. "I didn't do that. I've got to be better."
Tillman hasn't been at his best against the Yankees, either, going 3-4 with a 7.43 ERA in nine career starts. He gave up five runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 5-4 loss at Yankee Stadium on July 6.
All-Star Robinson Cano is 11 for 22 with two homers against Tillman, while Alex Rodriguez is 4 for 7 with two homers.
Suzuki, however, is 2 for 16 in this matchup and 3 for 19 at Camden Yards this season.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:46:12 PM EST|