|AL Championship Series - Best of 7 - Game 6 - NYY Leads 3-2|
|vs Right-handed Starters||73-51||+6.3||63-59||5.3||0.262||0.334||0.442||0.776||4.0||0.224||0.291||0.371||0.662|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.8||3-4||4.7||0.227||0.301||0.387||0.688||2.0||0.146||0.223||0.222||0.445|
|vs Right-handed Starters||83-40||+25.2||59-58||5.4||0.279||0.335||0.460||0.796||4.2||0.236||0.304||0.394||0.698|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-4||2.4||0.207||0.277||0.300||0.577||5.0||0.260||0.325||0.458||0.783|
|10/6/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||8-9||L||210||7 un||O||11||7||3||9||8||2|
|10/11/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||5-2||W||180||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||5||4||3|
|10/13/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||1-2||L||165||8 ev||U||5||7||0||6||5||1|
|10/14/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)||1-2||L||120||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||5||4||0|
|10/17/2017||GRAY(R)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||6-4||W||-115||8.5 ov||O||8||5||3||3||3||0|
|10/20/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|10/8/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||3-10||L||-125||9.5 ov||O||13||10||2||15||7||0|
|10/9/2017||MORTON(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||5-4||W||-120||10.5 un||U||12||13||0||9||6||1|
|10/13/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||2-1||W||-175||8 ev||U||6||5||1||5||7||0|
|10/14/2017||VERLANDER(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||2-1||W||-130||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||5||4||0|
|10/16/2017||MORTON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-8||L||125||8.5 ov||O||4||11||0||7||2||1|
|10/17/2017||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||4-6||L||105||8.5 ov||O||3||3||0||8||5||3|
|10/18/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||0-5||L||100||8 ev||U||4||6||1||10||8||1|
|10/20/2017||VERLANDER(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|NY YANKEES: 2016: 84-78, fourth place
Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season)
Who's new? 1B/DH Chris Carter, 1B/LF/DH Matt Holliday, RHP Aroldis Chapman
Who's gone? 1B Mark Teixeira, C Brian McCann, RHP Nate Eovaldi, RHP Kirby Yates, RHP Anthony Swarzak, RHP Nick Goody, RHP Blake Parker
Projected lineup: LF Brett Gardner (.261, 7 HR, 41 RBI, 16 SB), CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.263, 9, 56, 20), C Gary Sanchez (.299, 20, 42 in 53 games), DH Matt Holliday (.246, 20, 62 with Cardinals), 1B Greg Bird (did not play in 2016), 2B Starlin Castro (.270, 21, 70), 3B Chase Headley (.253, 14, 51), RH Aaron Judge (.179, 4, 10 in 27 games) or Aaron Hicks (.217, 8, 31), SS Tyler Wade (.259, 5, 27 at Double-A) or Ronald Torreyes (.258, 1, 12)
Rotation: RH Masahiro Tanaka (14-4, 3.07), LH C.C. Sabathia (9-12, 3.91), RH Michael Pineda (6-12, 4.82), RH Luis Severino (3-8, 5.83), RH Chad Green (2-4, 4.73) or RH Adam Warren (4-2, 3.26) or RH Luis Cessa (4-4, 4.35) or RH Bryan Mitchell (1-2, 3.24 in five games)
Key relievers: LH Aroldis Chapman (4-1, 1.55, 36/39 SV), RH Dellin Betances (3-6, 3.08), RH Tyler Clippard (3-6, 3.57), LH Tommy Layne (2-0, 3.38), LH Chasen Shreve (2-1, 5.18)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and right field. The starter's competition is not urgent ' the Yankees have five off-days in the first month of the season ' but it's interesting nonetheless. Green, Cessa, Warren and Mitchell combined to make 22 major league starts last season. None had an outstanding spring training, so the Yankees might choose to divide the load again. Some will go to Triple-A, others to the bullpen. Someone named Aaron (Judge or Hicks) will be the Yankees' right fielder this season. If either falters, Tyler Austin or Rob Refsnyder could seize their at-bats.
Outlook: The Yankees will employ fewer past-their-prime position players in 2017 than any season this decade. Is their next generation of homegrown talent ready to take over? Sanchez is the most advanced prospect ' the catcher hit 20 home runs in 53 games as a rookie ' but beyond him lies several question marks. Greg Bird, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Judge and Austin (who was stalled in camp by a foot injury) will get a chance once they're ready. The pitching staff is led by Tanaka and the ferocious bullpen combo of Chapman, Betances and Clippard. But depth is a real question mark, and there are no blue-chip prospects at Triple-A waiting for their moment.
|HOUSTON: 2016: 84-78, third place
Manager: A.J. Hinch (third season)
Who's new? RF Josh Reddick, CF Carlos Beltran, LF Nori Aoki, C Brian McCann, RHP Charlie Morton
Who's gone? C Jason Castro, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Doug Fister
Projected lineup: CF George Springer (.261, 29 HR, 82 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (.338, 24, 96, 30 SB), SS Carlos Correa (.274, 20, 96, 13 SB), DH Carlos Beltran (.295, 29, 93 with Yankees and Rangers), C Brian McCann (.242, 20, 58 with Yankees) or Evan Gattis (.251, 32, 72), 3B Alex Bregman (.264, 8, 34 in 49 games), RF Josh Reddick (.281, 10, 37 with A's and Dodgers), 1B Yulieski Gurriel (.262, 3, 15), LF Nori Aoki (.283, 4, 28 with Mariners)
Rotation: LH Dallas Keuchel (9-12, 4.55 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (13-10, 4.34), RH Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.48), RH Lance McCullers (6-5, 3.22), RH Charlie Morton (1-1, 4.15 in four games with Phillies)
Key relievers: RH Ken Giles (2-5, 4.11, 15/20 SV), RH Luke Gregerson (4-3, 3.28, 15/21 SV), RH Will Harris (1-2, 2.25, 12/15 SV), RH Chris Devenski (4-4, 2.16), LH Tony Sipp (1-2, 4.95), RH Michael Feliz (8-1, 4.43)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and catcher. Hamstring issues limited 33-year-old Morton to four starts with the Phillies last season. That didn't stop the Astros from signing him to a two-year contract worth at least $14 million. Now, veteran Fiers and 24-year-old Joe Musgrove are on the bubble for the fifth starter's job. McCann and Gattis give the Astros a pair of veteran catchers with slugging potential. McCann has fewer weaknesses behind the plate; Gattis is the better all-around hitter. With Beltran aboard as the primary designated hitter, McCann and Gattis won't both be in the lineup on most nights.
Outlook: After slipping to third place in the AL West last year, the Astros' front office decided to double down on dingers rather than upgrade a rotation that lacks a true ace. The result: A lineup with eight potential 20-home run hitters, including possible MVP candidates in Altuve and Correa. Everyone returns from an impressive young bullpen with high strikeout potential. If the Astros are in contention by the trade deadline, the front office should have the financial flexibility to add a front-line starter. Then again, if Dallas Keuchel looks like the pitcher who won a Cy Young Award in 2015, Houston might not have a problem.
|Cubs must overcome Kershaw to stay alive|
CHICAGO -- For the first time in almost three weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers will try to bounce back from a loss.
The stakes could not be much higher this time around. Los Angeles holds a decisive 3-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series and has the opportunity to close out the series in Game 5 on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.
A win would vault the Dodgers into the World Series for the first time since 1988. A loss would push the series back to Los Angeles and give the defending champion Cubs a renewed sense of hope.
The Cubs staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night in Game 4. The outcome snapped a six-game postseason winning streak for the Dodgers, whose previous loss was Sept. 29 against the Colorado Rockies.
"I wouldn't say that the pressure is on us," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I think that we're in a pretty good spot. We've got our No. 1 pitcher going tomorrow, and we've got two of the guys at the back end rested.
"I can't speak to their mindset (on the Cubs), but I still like the position we're in."
The Dodgers will turn to left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who went 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA during the regular season. Kershaw has five career postseason victories and needs one more to match Burt Hooton's franchise record.
In the series opener against the Cubs, Kershaw allowed two runs on four hits in five innings in Los Angeles' 5-2 victory on Saturday. He walked one and struck out four in a no-decision.
"I feel good," Kershaw said. "I don't feel any different than when I feel normal. I feel normal, which is great."
The Cubs will counter with left-hander Jose Quintana, who faces the Dodgers and Kershaw for the second time this series. The Colombia native gave up two runs on two hits in five innings in his first appearance. He walked two and fanned four.
"'Q' has been great," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He's ready to play all the time. The stuff's really been spiking in a positive direction. Velocity has been up. Curveball has been better. I know one thing, he'll be ready to pitch."
Chicago will be without its top bullpen pitcher, closer Wade Davis, after his marathon 48-pitch appearance to finish off Game 4. The pitch count was Davis' highest in a save situation in his career.
Maddon said he would rely on a bullpen by committee that includes right-handers Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Hector Rondon and John Lackey as well as left-handers Brian Duensing and Mike Montgomery.
"This is where the guys got to pretty much do their jobs," Maddon said.
That has not been an easy task for Cubs relievers during the postseason. The team also has struggled at the plate, particularly against the hard-throwing bullpen of the Dodgers.
Los Angeles right-hander Kenley Jensen did not pitch in Game 4, so he will be well-rested to back up Kershaw.
"It's a good feeling when we wake up (Thursday), we know Clayton's taking the mound," Roberts said. "As far as our mindset, the psyche, we know we're going to be in for a battle, and we'll be ready."
One bit of encouragement for the Cubs is Kershaw's mediocre postseason career record: 5-7 with a 4.57 ERA in 20 games (16 starts). Quintana's first three career postseason appearances (two starts) have all come this month, and he has no decisions with a 1.59 ERA.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2017 2:47:00 PM EST|