|NY YANKEES ( SEVERINO )|
DETROIT ( ZIMMERMANN )
|967||NY YANKEES||-190||Ov 9.5,+105||-210||Ov 9,-105|
|968||DETROIT||+180||Un 9.5,-125||+190||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-39||-3||43-43||5.2||0.266||0.335||0.444||0.779||4.1||0.233||0.296||0.382||0.678|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.3||4-3||5.9||0.272||0.339||0.472||0.811||4.7||0.241||0.312||0.409||0.722|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-52||-13.6||48-37||4.7||0.252||0.319||0.401||0.720||5.4||0.275||0.338||0.452||0.790|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.8||4-3||3.9||0.267||0.326||0.429||0.755||7.6||0.317||0.393||0.525||0.918|
|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)||13-4||W||-180||9.5 ov||O||16||9||0||8||2||0|
|8/23/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|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)||4-13||L||+170||9.5 ov||O||8||2||0||16||9||0|
|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|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Yankees' Severino will feel the heat vs. Tigers|
DETROIT -- Luis Severino shivers at the memory of his first start at Comerica Park.
The New York Yankees right-hander made his season debut April 8 last year at Detroit's home park with the temperature barely above freezing.
"It was the coldest day of my life," Severino said Tuesday.
Severino took the loss that afternoon, allowing three runs on 10 hits in five innings. He won't have to worry about his fingers going numb when he takes the mound Wednesday in the second contest of a three-game series against the Tigers.
The temperature will be 40 degrees warmer, and he will bring the heat of a fastball that averages in the upper 90s.
Severino (10-5, 3.18 ERA) has won five of his past six starts, including his last outing when he held the New York Mets to one run, which was unearned, in 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine.
"I was able to get ahead in the count," Severino said. "I threw the first pitch for a strike. That's important for me. All my pitches were working -- fastball, changeup, slider."
Severino bounced back from a poor outing against the Boston Red Sox, when he surrendered 10 runs (eight earned) in 4 1/3 innings on Aug. 12.
"Me and my pitching coach (Larry Rothschild), we talk about what wasn't working that day and we work in the bullpen," said Severino, who is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two career starts against Detroit. "If my fastball is not working the day before, we work on that. Or if my changeup wasn't working, we work on that. When I pitch bad, I want to fix what I did wrong."
The Yankees won the first game of the Detroit series 13-4 on Tuesday. Manager Joe Girardi tweaked his lineup, moving Gary Sanchez to the No. 3 spot and dropping Aaron Judge to cleanup. The move paid immediate dividends.
Sanchez hit a pair of two-run homers, and Judge didn't strike out for the first time in 38 games, snapping his major-league-record-tying streak for consecutive games with at least one whiff.
"Sanchie's been swinging extremely well, and I thought I'd put him in front of Judge (on Tuesday) and see if we can get a lot of production from those two together again," Girardi said.
Severino will be opposed by Jordan Zimmermann (7-10, 5.87 ERA), who was rocked in his past two starts. He surrendered seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. He gave up seven runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 frames vs. the Minnesota Twins in his previous start.
Zimmermann made a drastic move -- literally -- in the final two innings against the Dodgers. He switched from the third base side of the pitching rubber to the first base side. Zimmermann said afterward he felt as if he were "throwing to a different planet."
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, a catcher during his major league career, said it is unusual for a pitcher to switch sides in midstream.
"It doesn't happen a lot, but it's not unheard of," he said. "Some guys actually do move from one side of the rubber to the other on a regular basis during the course of the game, depending on whether a right-handed or left-handed hitter is up."
The good news for Zimmermann is that he has fared well against the Yankees. He has a 3-0 record and 1.33 ERA in four outings against them. He tossed seven shutout innings against New York on Aug. 2 at Yankee Stadium.
Which side of the rubber he will work from Wednesday is an unknown element.
"I think he was just trying to find something that would make him more effective," Ausmus said. "It changes the angle and the ball comes out of your hand (differently) to the hitter. He was looking for something to help him get outs, quite frankly."
|Last Updated: 9/26/2017 1:23:38 PM EST|