|NY YANKEES ( MITCHELL )|
MINNESOTA ( MEJIA )
|917||NY YANKEES||-115||Ov 10,-105||-110||Ov 10,-105|
|918||MINNESOTA||+105||Un 10,-115||+100||Un 10,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-12||-0.1||14-11||5.0||0.241||0.326||0.382||0.708||4.1||0.226||0.292||0.340||0.632|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||2-5||3.3||0.206||0.279||0.339||0.618||3.7||0.231||0.302||0.329||0.632|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-31||+7.2||31-32||4.9||0.257||0.330||0.418||0.747||5.2||0.273||0.336||0.441||0.776|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||4-3||4.7||0.242||0.309||0.373||0.682||6.1||0.294||0.354||0.456||0.810|
|7/14/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||4-5||L||125||8.5 un||O||6||3||2||10||12||0|
|7/15/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||4-1||W||150||7.5 ev||U||9||14||0||8||9||2|
|7/16/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ BOSTON||PRICE(L)||0-3||L||125||8.5 ov||U||8||9||1||8||4||0|
|7/16/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||3-0||W||125||9.5 ov||U||12||10||0||4||10||1|
|7/17/2017||MITCHELL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)|| |
|7/18/2017||CESSA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)|| |
|7/20/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ SEATTLE||MOORE(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ SEATTLE||MIRANDA(L)|| |
|7/23/2017||CESSA(R)||@ SEATTLE||GAVIGLIO(R)|| |
|7/3/2017||MEJIA(L)||LA ANGELS||MEYER(R)||9-5||W||-120||9.5 ev||O||13||9||0||12||6||0|
|7/4/2017||GIBSON(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||5-4||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||11||9||1||9||5||0|
|7/5/2017||SANTANA(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||1-2||L||-170||10 ev||U||7||9||0||7||5||0|
|7/14/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||5-10||L||155||9 ev||O||5||11||1||14||10||2|
|7/15/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ HOUSTON||MUSGROVE(R)||4-2||W||155||9.5 ev||U||11||10||0||7||11||0|
|7/16/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||3-5||L||175||9.5 ov||U||5||2||1||7||5||0|
|7/17/2017||MEJIA(L)||NY YANKEES||MITCHELL(R)|| |
|7/18/2017||COLON(R)||NY YANKEES||CESSA(R)|| |
|7/19/2017||BERRIOS(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: 2016: 59-103, fifth place.
Manager: Paul Molitor (third season).
He's Here: C Jason Castro, RHP Matt Belisle, SS Ehire Adrianza, LHP Craig Breslow.
He's Outta Here: 3B Trevor Plouffe, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Pat Light.
Projected lineup: 2B Brian Dozier (.268, 42, 99, 18/20 SBs), RF Max Kepler (.235, 17, 63), CF Byron Buxton (.225, 10 HRs, 38 RBIs, 118 Ks in 298 ABs), 1B Joe Mauer (.261, 11, 49), 3B Miguel Sano (.236, 25, 66, 178 Ks in 437 ABs), DH Kennys Vargas (.230, 10, 20 in 152 ABs), LF Eddie Rosario (.269, 10, 32), C Jason Castro (.210, 11, 32 with Houston), SS Jorge Polanco (.282, 4, 27 in 245 ABs).
Rotation: RH Ervin Santana (7-11, 3.38 ERA, 149 Ks), RH Phil Hughes (1-7, 5.95, 11 HRs, 11 starts), LH Hector Santiago (3-6, 5.58, 13 HRs, 11 starts after trade with Angels), RH Kyle Gibson (6-11, 5.07, 1.561 WHIP), LH Adalberto Mejia (rookie).
Key relievers: RH Brandon Kintzler (0-2, 3.15, 17/20 saves), RH Matt Belisle (0-0, 1.76 in 40 games for Nationals), RH Ryan Pressly (6-7, 3.70, 1 save in 72 games), LH Taylor Rogers (3-1, 3.96, 64 Ks in 57 games), LH Craig Breslow (0-2, 4.50 in 15 games for Marlins).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. The resuscitation of a team with the worst record in the majors last season must begin with starting pitching that ranked 30th out of 30 in wins (37), ERA (5.39) and strikeouts (655). Hughes, Santiago, Gibson and Berrios will all be counted on to make 2016 the aberration and not the standard. Adding Castro, who has a strong reputation for game calling and pitch framing, probably can't hurt. There's enough depth in the group at least to give the Twins a chance to return to respectability as new baseball chief Derek Falvey continues to try to revamp organizational philosophy and process for the long term. The bullpen appears more vulnerable than the rotation, despite being bolstered by the addition of the veteran Belisle. Three-time All-Star closer Glen Perkins is still working his way back from surgery last year to repair a torn labrum and will likely land on the disabled list to start the season. Kintzler fared well in his place, but doesn't have a track record.
Outlook: The Twins ranked a respectable sixth in the American League in total bases and eighth in OPS despite their abysmal record last year. Buxton's sparkling September, following a second straight frustrating summer, restored his and the club's confidence in the 2012 second overall draft pick. Dozier probably hit his power ceiling in 2016, but if Buxton and Sano can strike out less and get on base more there's the potential in place for a productive offense. Vargas hit his way back into contention for the DH spot with a decent finish to 2016, but the pressure is on him to prove he's worth a spot in the lineup with a strong performance this spring by Park, who struggled badly to adjust to major league pitching in his arrival from South Korea last year.
|Overworked Yankees go with Mitchell against Twins|
MINNEAPOLIS -- Four games in three days, with one 16-inning affair mixed in, have the New York Yankees weary and facing a pitching shortage.
New York has little time to adjust as it travels to Minnesota for a three-game series with the Twins starting on Monday.
The overworked Yankees were left scrambling to the point where manager Joe Girardi wasn't able to say who would start on the mound Monday immediately after the team wrapped up a Sunday doubleheader at Boston.
Later Sunday night, the Yankees announced that Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 5.06 ERA) would get the start.
In his most recent appearance, on June 30, Mitchell pitched three innings in relief against the Houston Astros, giving up two hits and one run while picking up the save in a 13-4 victory. Monday will be his first start of the season after 12 relief outings.
His only career appearance against the Twins came in 2015, when he gave up four hits and a run in 1 2/3 innings in a starting assignment. Mitchell left that game in the second inning after getting hit in the face with a line drive.
Considering the three-inning outing vs. Houston was Mitchell's longest of the season, the Yankees can't expect to see him work deep into the night against the Twins.
"It is a challenge," Girardi told MLB.com of his team handling the heavy workload. "You just manage it the best way you can."
Girardi will get little sympathy from Minnesota, which has played four doubleheaders this season, including two in a four-day span in May. The Twins are also heading home after a series against the best team in the American League, the Astros, in which they lost two of three. Minnesota fell 5-3 at Houston on Sunday.
The Twins will send rookie Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.43 ERA) to the mound for the opener against New York.
Mejia, who will be making his first career appearance against the Yankees, gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings in his last start on July 8. The outing against the Baltimore Orioles snapped his three-game personal winning streak, but he still owns a 2.59 ERA -- seven earned runs in 24 1/3 innings -- over his past four starts.
"He says he feels a lot better," said the interpreter who translated Mejia's comments after the July 8 start. "That's what his work is for. He's listening to coaches. He prepared himself really good. That's why he's getting stronger every day, and everything's coming together."
The Yankees are winless in their past nine series, since sweeping Baltimore from June 9-11, which gave them the AL East lead by four games. After splitting the Sunday doubleheader and the series against Boston, New York (47-43) is third in the East, 3 1/2 games behind the Red Sox, and just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Twins (46-45) for the second AL wild card.
"In order for us to be a contender, we're going to have to show we can compete with these guys," Minnesota catcher Jason Castro told MLB.com. "It's a little test for us midseason, but it's definitely something we can handle."
It will be the first meeting of the season between the Twins and New York, which is in the middle of a season-long, 11-game road trip. The Yankees have won 10 of their past 12 meetings against Minnesota.
The series will also mark Aaron Judge's first trip to Target Field. Judge outlasted Twins slugger Miguel Sano to win the Home Run Derby last week in Miami.
"He's an animal, that's all I can say about him," Sano told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "The first time I saw Aaron Judge in (batting practice), I could tell you: He's a monster."
|Last Updated: 9/21/2017 2:14:24 AM EST|