|NY YANKEES ( KURODA )|
TORONTO ( REDMOND )
|967||NY YANKEES||-115||Ov 8.5,-110||-125||Ov 8,-110|
|968||TORONTO||+105||Un 8.5,-110||+115||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-51||-6.1||46-48||4.2||0.245||0.300||4.3||0.264||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||3-3||3.1||0.194||0.259||5.1||0.298||0.348|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-62||-9.5||51-58||4.3||0.244||0.311||4.6||0.259||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||1-6||2.9||0.238||0.282||3.4||0.229||0.300|
|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)||4-8||L||120||8.5 un||O||8||6||0||11||8||1|
|9/14/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||1-5||L||145||9 un||U||3||4||1||9||8||0|
|9/15/2013||NOVA(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||2-9||L||145||8.5 un||O||5||6||0||11||8||1|
|9/17/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||0-2||L||-115||8 un||U||5||7||0||9||8||1|
|9/18/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||4-3||W||-110||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||8||5||0|
|9/19/2013||KURODA(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||SABATHIA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||NOVA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||PETTITTE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||HUGHES(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||KURODA(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|9/6/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||6-5||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||7||3||2||10||6||2|
|9/7/2013||HAPP(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||11-2||W||100||8.5 ov||O||15||5||1||11||13||0|
|9/8/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||2-0||W||100||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||6||1|
|9/10/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-12||L||-130||9 un||O||9||4||2||18||8||0|
|9/11/2013||DICKEY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||4-5||L||-105||8.5 ov||O||4||4||0||8||5||2|
|9/12/2013||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-4||L||+110||9 un||U||11||9||1||8||8||0|
|9/17/2013||DICKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||2-0||W||+105||8 un||U||9||8||1||5||7||0|
|9/18/2013||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||+100||8.5 un||U||8||5||0||9||7||0|
|9/19/2013||REDMOND(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|9/22/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||HAPP(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (NY YANKEES-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Yankees-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
New York (79-72) at Toronto (69-81), 7:07 p.m. EDT
The New York Yankees have somehow split the first two games of this series despite scoring in one of their 18 innings at the plate.
That production will likely have to improve over the final 10 games for them to reach the playoffs, and they have already lost once to Toronto Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond heading into Thursday night's series finale at Rogers Centre.
New York (80-72) was blanked for the first 16 innings in this set before breaking through for four runs in the eighth Wednesday to rally from a three-run deficit for a 4-3 victory that ended a four-game slide.
"We hadn't shaken hands for a while, so it was kind of nice," manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees and Kansas City are 2 1/2 games behind Texas for the AL's second wild-card spot. Baltimore is one game back and Cleveland is one-half game out.
Girardi used Mariano Rivera for a four-out save - his 44th of the year - after former Toronto outfielder Vernon Wells' two-run double capped the eighth-inning rally.
"Every time you win, it's a great feeling," Rivera said. "Hopefully we come back tomorrow and wrap it up."
Numerous hitters continue to fare poorly. The most notable is Alex Rodriguez, who is 1 for 18 over his last six games while dealing with a strained right calf and a sore left hamstring.
Ichiro Suzuki did not start Wednesday and has three hits in his last 23 at-bats, Curtis Granderson is 8 for 36 with 13 strikeouts on this 10-game trip and Robinson Cano has three singles and no walks in his last 16 at-bats.
The Yankees will get another look at Redmond (3-2, 4.10 ERA), a rookie who is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his last three outings. That run began when he limited New York to two runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 7-2 home win Aug. 28.
Redmond yielded one run over a career-high 6 1-3 innings last Friday in a 5-3 defeat to Baltimore, striking out seven with no walks.
"He threw a whale of a game," manager John Gibbons said.
Girardi said last month that Redmond has a deceptive arm angle and the manager will once again use Hiroki Kuroda (11-11, 3.13) to oppose the Toronto right-hander.
Kuroda surrendered seven runs over five innings in that outing after going 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA over his previous five starts against the Blue Jays. Last month's loss is part of a six-start winless stretch in which he is 0-4 with a 6.69 ERA.
The Yankees will be happy to have the right-hander on the mound to cool off Colby Rasmus, who is 3 for 27 with 11 strikeouts against him.
Rasmus continued to be Toronto's hitting star as he homered in his fourth straight game Wednesday - all since being activated off the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game against Baltimore.
Chris Stewart figures to be back at catcher for the Yankees after he did not start Wednesday, with rookie J.R. Murphy making his second career start.
New York is 14-4 against Toronto (69-82) for its most victories ever in this season series.
|Last Updated: 3/20/2018 2:31:08 PM EST|