|NY YANKEES ( TANAKA )|
DETROIT ( BOYD )
|919||NY YANKEES||-165||Ov 10,-115||-180||Ov 9.5,-105|
|920||DETROIT||+155||Un 10,-105||+170||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-18||-1.8||19-15||4.8||0.243||0.323||0.391||0.715||4.4||0.232||0.300||0.364||0.664|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.3||3-4||4.6||0.252||0.316||0.453||0.769||4.4||0.235||0.315||0.404||0.720|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-51||-12.6||47-37||4.7||0.252||0.319||0.401||0.721||5.3||0.273||0.336||0.449||0.785|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.8||4-3||3.9||0.269||0.335||0.412||0.747||6.6||0.294||0.376||0.491||0.867|
|8/8/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||2-4||L||125||9 ov||U||7||10||2||10||8||0|
|8/9/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ TORONTO||TEPESCH(R)||11-5||W||-165||9 ev||O||17||8||1||6||9||0|
|8/10/2017||GRAY(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||0-4||L||-140||8.5 ov||U||6||11||1||5||4||0|
|8/14/2017||CESSA(R)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)||4-2||W||-170||10 ev||U||8||5||0||6||5||0|
|8/15/2017||GRAY(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||5-4||W||-135||8 ev||O||10||6||0||7||5||0|
|8/16/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||5-3||W||-140||9 un||U||8||8||0||6||5||0|
|8/17/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ NY METS||MATZ(L)||7-5||W||-185||7 ov||O||9||5||1||7||8||1|
|8/18/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||6-9||L||110||9.5 ev||O||12||14||1||10||6||0|
|8/19/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||4-3||W||230||8.5 ev||U||9||8||0||6||6||3|
|8/20/2017||GRAY(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||1-5||L||100||9.5 un||U||3||5||0||12||11||0|
|8/22/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|8/23/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/8/2017||BOYD(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||3-6||L||150||8.5 ov||O||5||2||1||10||6||0|
|8/14/2017||FULMER(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||2-6||L||100||11 ov||U||9||8||2||11||5||0|
|8/15/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ TEXAS||GRIFFIN(R)||4-10||L||-105||10.5 ov||O||10||7||1||11||4||0|
|8/16/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)||6-12||L||160||11 ov||O||11||10||2||17||12||1|
|8/18/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||5-8||L||+180||10 ov||O||14||11||0||12||8||0|
|8/19/2017||FULMER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||0-3||L||+135||10.5 un||U||4||9||1||6||5||1|
|8/20/2017||VERLANDER(R)||LA DODGERS||MAEDA(R)||6-1||W||+130||9 un||U||8||3||0||3||3||0|
|8/22/2017||BOYD(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||ZIMMERMANN(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||FULMER(R)||NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)|| |
|8/25/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||VERHAGEN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)|| |
|8/27/2017||BOYD(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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.
|DETROIT: 2016: 86-75, second place.
Manager: Brad Ausmus (fourth season).
He's Here: C Alex Avila, OF Mikie Mahtook.
He's Outta Here: OF Cameron Maybin, SS Erick Aybar, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Casey McGehee.
Projected lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler (.288, 28 HRs, 83 RBIs), 3B Nicholas Castellanos (.285, 18, 58 in 110 games), 1B Miguel Cabrera (.316, 38, 108), DH Victor Martinez (.289, 27, 86), RF J.D. Martinez (.307, 22, 68 in 120 games), LF Justin Upton (.246, 31, 87), C James McCann (.221, 12, 48) or Alex Avila (.213, 7, 11 with White Sox), CF Mikie Mahtook (.195, 3, 11 with Tampa Bay) or Tyler Collins (.235, 4, 15), SS Jose Iglesias (.255, 4, 32).
Rotation: RH Justin Verlander (16-9, 3.04 ERA, 254 Ks), RH Michael Fulmer (11-7, 3.06), RH Jordan Zimmermann (9-7, 4.87), LH Daniel Norris (4-2, 3.38), LH Matt Boyd (6-5, 4.53).
Key relievers: RH Francisco Rodriguez (3-4, 3.24, 44/49 saves), RH Bruce Rondon (5-2, 2.97), LH Justin Wilson (4-5, 4.14, 1 save), RH Alex Wilson (4-0, 2.96), RH Anibal Sanchez (7-13, 5.87 in 35 games, 26 starts).
Hot Spot: Back of Starting Rotation. Zimmermann and Norris could be major contributors if healthy, but the No. 5 spot in the rotation is much more uncertain. Sanchez has a big contract and some impressive career accomplishments, but he's 33 and coming off two straight disappointing seasons. Boyd was merely serviceable a season ago.
Outlook: The Tigers have made no secret of the fact that they'll need to cut costs soon, but they've generally put off doing so. Verlander, Cabrera and Kinsler are back, and Detroit is ready to make another bid for a postseason spot. The Tigers fell just short of a wild card last season, and the team's top players aren't getting any younger, so this could be the last shot for Detroit to win big before a significant overhaul. Verlander and Cabrera are still producing like stars, and Fulmer won Rookie of the Year honors last year. If the Tigers are going to take another step forward, they'll probably need Zimmermann and Norris to perform well after both dealt with injury problems a season ago. Speaking of injuries: J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot March 18 and is expected to miss the start of the season. The Tigers finished eight games behind Cleveland in 2016. Closing that gap won't be easy, and a lot might depend on whether Detroit can stay healthy.
|Tigers' Cabrera, Yankees' Judge look to get going|
DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera is playing hurt -- again.
Cabrera is enduring a season that for him is painful both physically and mentally.
Thirteen home runs, 56 RBIs and a .259 batting average might qualify for quality for some players, but for Cabrera, the power numbers would represent a good six to eight weeks of work.
The veteran will hope to get on track as Detroit hosts the New York Yankees for a three-game series beginning Tuesday. The Yankees have their own problems, as they are 4 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, though they still hold the top AL wild-card spot.
The hip and lower left back area are both giving Cabrera problems, forcing him to cut off his swing. Like the two-run double he hit to right-center field Sunday. Normally that would have been a pitch he would have pulled into the left-center-field seats. Not this season.
"It was a good swing," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He hit it 400 feet out to right-center. In a lot of parks, that's a home run."
Cabrera acknowledged to The Sports Xchange he has dropped 25 pounds in recent weeks. He pointed to his back and hip as the reason why.
Check him out at first base. He is noticeably thinner.
Cabrera has played through injuries much of the last three to four seasons, but not with his production suffering like this.
Recently he has begun to sting the ball more. Not like a pain-free Cabrera, but better.
After his double Sunday, he took third on a short wild pitch that skipped toward the third base side of the plate.
"Miggy still plays the game the way you're supposed to," Ausmus said. "He wants to get to third. He sees the ball get away from the catcher and thinks he has the opportunity to move up 90 feet, and he did."
A slugger in the other dugout Tuesday is also going through a tough stretch.
Yankees No. 3 hitter Aaron Judge may be the overpowering choice to succeed Detroit's Michael Fulmer as AL Rookie of the Year, but since the All-Star break, he has scuffled.
Judge struck out for a 37th consecutive game on Sunday, tying a major league record set by Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman across the 1971-72 seasons. Since the break, Judge is batting .169 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs in 35 games.
"I'm not getting the job done. I want to be there," Judge said. "I'm a three hitter, I'm the middle of the order. I've got to be that guy for the team. ...
"It's a little disappointing not to get the job done, but nothing you can do about it. You can't pout, you can't cry. You've just got to keep working and move on."
The Yankees will activate Masahiro Tanaka (8-10, 4.92 ERA) from the disabled list to start the opener against Detroit. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his only start against the Tigers this season and has yet to defeat Detroit in his career, going 0-3 with a 4.56 ERA in four starts.
He has been out since Aug. 10 due to right shoulder inflammation.
"I feel good," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "All I can say is that I'm able to do what I just did, as far as flat grounds and bullpens, because the arm is feeling better. I feel like there have been more exercises that I've gone through this time around, so I feel like I am coming back at a faster pace."
The Tigers counter with lefty Matt Boyd (5-6, 5.70 ERA). He hasn't pitched against New York this season and only faced the Yankees once in his career, losing on June 2, 2016, after giving up four runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Detroit is going through another stretch of dismal baseball (3-12 over its last 15 games), but changes are not in the near future and may not go beyond tinkering in September.
"We're trying to win," Ausmus said. "That is the goal in every sport. There are other things, for sure. There is a possibility of Nick (Castellanos) playing some right field (toward the final week of the season). There will be some September call-ups that may get playing time here and there.
"But there's not going to be a lot of changes. Miggy (Cabrera) is still going to play first base. Ian Kinsler is going to play second base. Iggy (Jose Iglesias) will play shortstop, and J-Up (Justin Upton) is going to play left field."
Detroit will see a New York team that has manager Joe Girardi using Dellin Betances and David Robertson as closers with Aroldis Chapman, going through some tough times, pitching earlier.
|Last Updated: 1/24/2018 1:32:11 AM EST|