|NY YANKEES ( KURODA )|
BOSTON ( LACKEY )
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-32||-4.4||28-33||4.2||0.249||0.304||4.0||0.256||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.9||3-4||3.7||0.251||0.333||3.7||0.242||0.286|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-28||+6.2||35-29||5.3||0.279||0.347||4.5||0.247||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||3-4||5.7||0.269||0.335||4.1||0.228||0.295|
|7/8/2013||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-5||L||-145||9 ov||U||9||10||1||10||9||0|
|7/9/2013||SABATHIA(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-3||L||-145||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||6||0|
|7/10/2013||NOVA(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||8-1||W||-140||8.5 un||O||9||4||0||6||7||0|
|7/11/2013||PETTITTE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||8-4||W||-115||8 un||O||11||6||2||10||9||0|
|7/19/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-4||L||160||9.5 ev||U||5||6||0||8||5||1|
|7/20/2013||KURODA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||SABATHIA(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|7/22/2013||HUGHES(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||NOVA(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||PETTITTE(L)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|7/25/2013||KURODA(R)||@ TEXAS||WOLF(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||SABATHIA(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|7/6/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||7-9||L||-110||8.5 un||O||12||14||2||17||9||3|
|7/7/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||0-3||L||120||8 ev||U||5||7||0||7||5||1|
|7/8/2013||LESTER(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-11||L||110||7 un||O||10||9||1||15||10||0|
|7/9/2013||WEBSTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||11-8||W||125||7.5 ov||O||16||10||0||13||6||0|
|7/10/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ SEATTLE||HARANG(R)||11-4||W||-135||8 un||O||12||10||0||9||7||1|
|7/11/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||8-7||W||-135||8 ov||O||10||10||2||12||9||0|
|7/12/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||4-2||W||100||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||3||6||2|
|7/13/2013||LESTER(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||0-3||L||110||8 un||U||7||8||0||8||6||1|
|7/14/2013||WORKMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||2-3||L||145||8.5 un||U||9||9||1||5||4||0|
|7/19/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-2||W||-170||9.5 ev||U||8||5||1||5||6||0|
|7/20/2013||LACKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||LESTER(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/22/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/23/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/24/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/25/2013||LACKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||LESTER(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ 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.
|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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Almonte headed to DL)
*Yankees-Red Sox Preview* =========================
New York (51-44) at Boston (58-39), 4:05 p.m. EDT
The Boston Red Sox opened this three-game home set with the New York Yankees with a low-scoring victory, and runs could be at a premium in the second matchup.
Boston's John Lackey and New York's Hiroki Kuroda are among the AL's ERA leaders, and they meet for the first time Saturday with the Red Sox in search of a sixth straight home win.
Boston (59-39) won 4-2 on Friday. All the runs were charged to starters Felix Doubront and Andy Pettitte, who both went 6 1-3 innings with Doubront earning the victory.
It figures to be a tight duel between right-handers Saturday. Kuroda (8-6, 2.65 ERA) is second in the AL in ERA and Lackey (7-6, 2.78) is fourth.
Lackey, who missed all of 2012 due to elbow surgery and was on the disabled list in April with a biceps injury, is 4-1 with a 1.32 ERA in six home starts. He has yielded two runs or fewer in a six-outing stretch in which he is 4-1 with a 2.30 ERA since June 15.
That ERA since that date matches Kuroda's in the same span over five outings. Kuroda enters with a scoreless innings streak of 12, but his ERA on the road (3.65) is far worse than his home mark (1.74).
Kuroda is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts against Boston this year, although one outing was cut short when he left in the second inning with a bruised middle finger on his throwing hand.
Dustin Pedroia is 8 for 18 with a homer against Kuroda, and David Ortiz is 4 for 6 and has gone deep once.
Lackey hasn't faced the Yankees (51-45) this year. He's 3-2 with a 4.74 ERA against them in seven starts since joining the Red Sox in 2010.
He has faced Ichiro Suzuki more than any player, with the Yankees outfielder hitting .304 in 102 at-bats. Robinson Cano is a .302 hitter against him.
Cano went 1 for 3 with a walk Friday as he showed no ill effects after leaving Tuesday's All-Star game with a bruised quadriceps. The second baseman is 3 for 22 against Boston this year, with New York losing five of seven.
Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 3 with a homer Friday and is batting .396 over his last 23 games.
"It seems like he's been hitting .700," manager John Farrell said. "His timing has been much more Jacoby-like. And his ability to get on base speaks for itself with the havoc he can create."
New York has lost three straight and six of nine after the opener of a 10-game stretch that includes games against Tampa Bay and Texas.
"You can't take too much of it, but obviously this is an important stretch for us that we are in," manager Joe Girardi said. "We understand that. The next three teams we play are all in front of us. We need to play well."
Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino exited in the third inning Friday with left hamstring tightness, and New York's Zoilo Almonte came out in the fifth with a left ankle sprain. Almonte, who was wearing a boot and using crutches after the game, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday.
|Last Updated: 6/22/2018 1:33:56 PM EST|