|NY YANKEES ( KURODA )|
BOSTON ( LACKEY )
|971||NY YANKEES||+130||Ov 9,-110||+125||Ov 9,-105|
|972||BOSTON||-140||Un 9,-110||-135||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-48||-3||44-47||4.2||0.247||0.301||4.2||0.262||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||4-2||5.9||0.246||0.306||6.6||0.297||0.345|
|vs Right-handed Starters||57-40||+9||46-47||5.3||0.277||0.346||4.3||0.250||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||4-3||7.0||0.282||0.350||5.1||0.237||0.336|
|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)||2-4||L||120||8.5 un||U||5||3||1||7||5||0|
|9/10/2013||NOVA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||7-5||W||105||8.5 ov||O||11||7||1||6||4||1|
|9/11/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)||5-4||W||115||9 un||P||6||3||0||13||7||0|
|9/12/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||6-5||W||145||9 un||O||8||6||1||10||6||1|
|9/13/2013||KURODA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||NOVA(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|9/17/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|9/19/2013||KURODA(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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)||12-8||W||-110||9 un||O||15||10||0||7||5||0|
|9/7/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUFF(L)||13-9||W||-115||9 un||O||14||4||0||12||9||0|
|9/8/2013||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-4||L||100||8.5 ov||U||9||8||0||11||8||0|
|9/10/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||2-0||W||135||7 un||U||4||3||0||4||4||0|
|9/11/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||7-3||W||130||7.5 un||O||9||6||0||6||10||0|
|9/12/2013||PEAVY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-4||L||-105||8 un||U||6||7||1||6||7||0|
|9/13/2013||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||LESTER(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||LACKEY(R)||BALTIMORE|| || |
|9/20/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Red Sox Preview* =========================
By CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
New York (78-68) at Boston (89-58), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Hiroki Kuroda was a key reason the New York Yankees were able to stay in the playoff chase while injuries mounted.
As the veteran has struggled to find that form in recent weeks, his teammates may need to pick him up in the opener of this pivotal series against the archrival Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Friday night.
The Yankees (79-68) took the final three games of their four-game set at Baltimore ahead of their trip to Fenway, pushing the Orioles down the wild-card standings while pulling themselves within one game of fellow divisional nemesis Tampa Bay for the second AL spot. New York posted a 6-5 victory Thursday, with Brendan Ryan scoring the go-ahead run in the ninth on a wild pitch by Baltimore closer Jim Johnson.
"It's important," manager Joe Girardi said. "We need to continue to win and we need to continue to take series if we want to play in October."
Equally important would be getting Kuroda (11-10, 2.99 ERA) right. He had a seven-start stretch in which he went 4-1 with a 0.94 ERA, defeating counterpart John Lackey and the Red Sox at Fenway on July 20 during that run.
Boston, though, triggered Kuroda's current five-start winless stretch by reaching him for five runs and a career-worst 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings in a 5-1 loss at Fenway on Aug. 17. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.52 ERA during his swoon but did show some improvement Sunday versus the Red Sox, allowing two runs and five hits - grinding through six innings with 117 pitches - before leaving without a decision in a 4-3 walkoff win.
"At this stage of the season, fatigue really doesn't matter," Kuroda told the team's official website. "You have to treat it as if this is going to be your last outing."
Overall, Kuroda is 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA in five starts against the Red Sox this year, splitting two outings versus Lackey (9-12, 3.48).
One player who may not be able to help Kuroda is leadoff hitter Brett Gardner, who left Friday in the first inning due to a strained oblique. He will undergo an MRI and his status is uncertain.
"I've never had an oblique issue before," said Gardner, 11 for 31 lifetime against Lackey. "The best thing to do is just wait until (Friday) and see what the MRI says. That'll paint a much clearer picture."
Lackey (9-12, 3.48), who avenged his loss to Kuroda in the Aug. 17 win, labored to another victory over New York on Saturday - giving up a season-high seven runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings in a 13-9 final. He is 10-10 with a 4.81 ERA lifetime versus the Yankees, including a 5-3 mark in 10 starts with Boston.
The Red Sox (89-59) continued their march to the AL East title by taking two of three from the Rays, though they were denied a sweep with Thursday's 4-3 defeat. Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered, but Boston was content with a 5-2 road trip.
"You try and win every series. That's the No. 1 goal, and we lost tonight but we took a good two out of three," Saltalamacchia said. "So we'll go home against New York and worry about Game 1, and see what happens after that."
Kuroda may have some worries facing David Ortiz, who is 7 for 12 with a homer and three doubles in their matchups this year.
Alex Rodriguez, who is 9 for 25 with two homers and four doubles in his last seven games, has been a feast-or-famine hitter versus Lackey. Despite a .183 average and 26 strikeouts in 60 at-bats, five of his 11 hits off the right-hander have been homers.
Rodriguez's batting average versus Lackey is his lowest of the 30 pitchers he's faced at least 45 times.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 9:28:27 AM EST|