|MINNESOTA ( BERRIOS )|
NY YANKEES ( SABATHIA )
|915||MINNESOTA||+140||Ov 9,-125||+150||Ov 8.5,-115|
|916||NY YANKEES||-150||Un 9,+105||-160||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||23-22||+2.2||20-22||4.9||0.259||0.333||0.418||0.751||4.8||0.257||0.319||0.423||0.742|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||2-5||5.9||0.270||0.321||0.484||0.804||3.3||0.216||0.295||0.344||0.639|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-45||+0.1||53-50||5.3||0.264||0.335||0.440||0.774||4.1||0.229||0.294||0.379||0.673|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.5||4-3||5.7||0.265||0.336||0.440||0.776||3.0||0.211||0.274||0.368||0.643|
|9/5/2017||COLON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||1-2||L||130||9 un||U||4||3||1||6||6||0|
|9/6/2017||SLEGERS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||10-6||W||160||8.5 ev||O||12||5||0||8||4||1|
|9/7/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GAVIGLIO(R)||4-2||W||-110||9.5 un||U||10||10||0||9||4||0|
|9/8/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||8-5||W||-130||9 ov||O||10||8||0||9||3||1|
|9/9/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||2-5||L||100||9 ev||U||9||8||0||11||7||0|
|9/10/2017||COLON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||3-11||L||125||10 ev||O||8||7||0||17||6||1|
|9/12/2017||GIBSON(R)||SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||16-0||W||-170||10 un||O||18||4||1||4||6||0|
|9/13/2017||SANTANA(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||3-1||W||-145||9 ev||U||10||8||0||7||8||1|
|9/18/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||1-2||L||140||9 un||U||4||5||2||8||9||1|
|9/19/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/20/2017||COLON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|9/21/2017||MEJIA(L)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||GIBSON(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)|| |
|9/23/2017||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||FARMER(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||BERRIOS(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)|| |
|9/26/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|9/5/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HELLICKSON(R)||6-7||L||100||9.5 ov||O||9||9||0||9||5||1|
|9/7/2017||GRAY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||9-1||W||105||8.5 ov||O||13||7||1||7||7||0|
|9/8/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ TEXAS||PEREZ(L)||5-11||L||-155||9.5 ev||O||8||6||0||15||6||2|
|9/9/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||3-1||W||-210||9 ev||U||9||9||1||1||4||0|
|9/10/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIFFIN(R)||16-7||W||-125||10.5 ev||O||18||7||1||10||11||1|
|9/11/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||5-1||W||-140||8.5 ev||U||4||6||0||8||9||2|
|9/12/2017||GRAY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||1-2||L||-145||8 un||U||3||4||0||5||3||0|
|9/13/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-2||W||115||7.5 ev||U||10||11||0||9||9||1|
|9/22/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ TORONTO||BIAGINI(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||GRAY(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|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.
|Yankees, Twins continue wild-card positioning battle|
NEW YORK -- The first game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees on Monday offered a glimpse how things might unfold in a potential playoff game.
The Yankees improved their standing in the wild-card race while the Twins lost some ground in the standings to their nearest pursuer.
The teams will get together again Tuesday night after opening the series with a tense game, won 2-1 by New York.
"I think we've kind of been in that mode for a while," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Knowing where we both are in the standings, yes, it does feel a little bit different."
New York improved to 13-5 in its past 18 games. Aaron Judge hit his 44th homer of the season, Todd Frazier lifted the tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning, and Aroldis Chapman nailed down the final five outs after entering with the bases loaded in the eighth.
The Yankees opened a five-game lead on the Twins for the first wild card and remained three games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox in the AL East. They improved their positioning for the first wild-card spot despite going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and watching Dellin Betances create a mess in the eighth.
"I think we match up well against anybody, to be honest," said Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, who had three hits and two stolen bases. "I like the way we've been playing recently, and whether it be the Twins or the Royals or the Red Sox or whoever we've been playing recently, I like the chances we have."
The Twins are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild-card spot. While Minnesota will be attempting to win for the eighth time in 13 games on Tuesday, the Angels will be hosting the AL Central champion Cleveland Indians.
"I don't like to speculate too much that we might be back here," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. "It could happen. I would look at that as its own game, regardless of what happens. ... But what I'm looking forward to is seeing how these guys respond. It's always a little different here. I've played here in October, and it just has a different feel."
Minnesota struck out 13 times and managed only four hits Monday after homering four times and scoring 13 runs Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
"From the start, everybody was swinging at bad pitches," Minnesota right fielder Eddie Rosario said of the Monday performance. "Everybody was free-swinging."
The Twins will try to correct their approach at the plate against CC Sabathia (11-5, 3.85 ERA), who will attempt to remain unbeaten since coming off the disabled list.
Since returning from a knee injury Aug. 19, Sabathia is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA.
He was originally slated to pitch Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, but the Yankees pushed him back two days to keep his right knee off the artificial turf in Toronto this weekend.
Including starts after immediately being activated off the disabled list, Sabathia is making his 69th start with six days or more rest. In those outings, he is 28-19 with a 4.17 ERA, and this season he is 4-2 with a 4.37 ERA in seven such starts.
The left-hander last pitched on Sept. 11 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field when he allowed one run on six hits in 4 1/3 innings, coming within two outs of qualifying for his 235th win.
Sabathia is 18-9 with a 3.16 ERA in 37 career starts against Minnesota. Since joining the Yankees in 2009, he is 6-1 with a 3.16 ERA in 37 starts against the Twins, though he has not faced them this season.
Most of Minnesota's hitters have limited experience against Sabathia, but Joe Mauer is 8-for-49 (.163) with 20 strikeouts in their matchups, including a 3-for-29 mark since 2009.
After scratching out two runs Monday against Ervin Santana, the Yankees will attempt to generate offense against Jose Berrios (12-7, 3.84 ERA). The right-hander won on July 19 in his only career appearance against the Yankees, allowing one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 6-1 home victory.
Berrios is winless in his past three starts, going 0-1 with a 4.07 ERA this month.
He last pitched Thursday, when he allowed one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays. It was the 16th time he allowed three earned runs or fewer and the eighth time Berrios allowed one earned run or fewer.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 12:07:13 PM EST|