|TAMPA BAY ( COBB )|
NY YANKEES ( NOVA )
|911||TAMPA BAY||-110||Ov 7.5,-105||-125||Ov 7.5,+105|
|912||NY YANKEES||+100||Un 7.5,-115||+115||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||59-46||+1.4||51-49||4.2||0.256||0.327||4.2||0.243||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||4-3||5.0||0.259||0.336||3.0||0.217||0.294|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-53||-6.8||46-51||4.1||0.244||0.299||4.2||0.262||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.7||1-5||3.0||0.214||0.287||3.9||0.249||0.299|
|9/13/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||3-0||W||-155||8 un||U||9||6||1||5||5||1|
|9/14/2013||MOORE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||7-0||W||-155||7.5 ov||U||10||8||0||4||7||1|
|9/15/2013||PRICE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||4-6||L||-220||7.5 un||O||6||8||0||10||5||1|
|9/24/2013||MOORE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||7-0||W||-105||7.5 un||U||9||6||0||4||11||2|
|9/25/2013||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||8-3||W||-160||7.5 un||O||15||9||0||8||7||2|
|9/26/2013||COBB(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|9/29/2013||MOORE(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|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)||2-6||L||-120||8 un||P||5||4||0||10||8||0|
|9/20/2013||SABATHIA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||5-1||W||-150||8.5 un||U||6||4||0||7||6||1|
|9/21/2013||NOVA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||6-0||W||-165||9 ev||U||7||4||0||6||7||0|
|9/22/2013||PETTITTE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||1-2||L||-145||8.5 un||U||9||8||1||4||3||0|
|9/24/2013||KURODA(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-7||L||-105||7.5 un||U||4||11||2||9||6||0|
|9/25/2013||HUGHES(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-8||L||+150||7.5 un||O||8||7||2||15||9||0|
|9/26/2013||NOVA(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)|| |
|9/28/2013||HUFF(L)||@ HOUSTON||CLEMENS(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||KURODA(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|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* ======================
Tampa Bay (88-69) at New York (82-75), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Mariano Rivera's last chance to appear at Yankee Stadium will be Thursday night.
Needless to say, the playoff-chasing Tampa Bay Rays will be hoping to see the retiring closer in a non-save situation.
The Rays seek a seventh straight win and their first three-game sweep in the Bronx in the Yankees' home finale.
New York (82-76) was eliminated for the second time in the last 19 seasons Wednesday during an 8-3 defeat. The Yankees will finish with their lowest win total in a 162-game season since the 1992 team went 76-86.
It means Thursday marks the last opportunity for Rivera to pitch at home. Baseball's all-time saves leader made his impact felt as the Yankees captured five World Series titles during his tenure, with Rivera posting the lowest ERA of any pitcher with at least 40 postseason innings with a 0.70 mark over 141.0.
"I'll be there for the fans. They deserve it," the 43-year-old said. "But it don't mean anything. I'm not used to pitching for something that doesn't mean anything. I wanted to pitch for something that means something."
Rivera owns 64 saves in 66 chances against Tampa Bay, going 27-for-27 in the Bronx.
The Rays (89-69) have too much at stake to want to face Rivera in a save situation. Tampa Bay holds a one-game lead over Cleveland for the AL's top wild-card and has a magic number of three to reach the playoffs.
"I'm really just focused on Thursday," manager Joe Maddon said.
The Yankees are losers of three straight and eight of 11 and haven't even enjoyed a lead in this series.
New York also hasn't been able to slow down Evan Longoria, who is 5 for 9 in this series after homering twice and driving in four runs Wednesday. Longoria is the second player since 1966 to go deep nine times against the Yankees, joining Toronto's Jose Cruz Jr. from 2001.
He has 12 homers and 32 RBIs at new Yankee Stadium to go along with a .301 average and 25 home runs overall versus New York.
"I like hitting in this ballpark, and some people have their team that they just do well against," Longoria said. "For the longest time, in the earliest part of my career, it was the Red Sox. Lately, it's the Yankees."
Longoria is 4 for 10 with a homer this year against Ivan Nova (9-5, 3.13 ERA), who makes his final 2013 start for New York. Nova struck out seven in a six-hitter Saturday for his second shutout of the year in a 6-0 victory over San Francisco.
The right-hander is 0-2 with a 2.66 ERA in three starts against Tampa Bay this season, getting three total runs of support.
He'll be opposed by Alex Cobb (10-3, 2.90), who is 3-1 with a 2.34 ERA in six career starts against New York including 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA in three this year. The right-hander has captured consecutive starts by surrendering three runs over 16 1-3 innings.
Robinson Cano is 5 for 10 against Cobb this year and the second baseman has 12 hits in his last 28 at-bats.
Thursday also marks the final home game for Alex Rodriguez before his offseason appeal of a 211-game Biogenesis suspension. He is in a 3-for-39 slump and 0 for 5 versus Cobb.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:51:55 PM EST|