|MINNESOTA ( COLON )|
NY YANKEES ( SEVERINO )
|965||MINNESOTA||+205||Ov 9,-130||+255||Ov 8.5,-115|
|966||NY YANKEES||-225||Un 9,+110||-310||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-50||+7.1||47-53||5.0||0.258||0.330||0.423||0.752||5.0||0.270||0.329||0.435||0.764|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||1-6||3.9||0.237||0.294||0.381||0.675||4.0||0.241||0.326||0.380||0.706|
|vs Right-handed Starters||61-45||+1.1||53-51||5.3||0.265||0.335||0.439||0.775||4.0||0.229||0.294||0.379||0.673|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+3.9||4-3||6.3||0.293||0.369||0.473||0.842||3.0||0.218||0.282||0.355||0.637|
|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)||2-5||L||150||8.5 ov||U||8||7||1||11||14||0|
|9/20/2017||COLON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(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||COLON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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||TANAKA(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ TORONTO||BIAGINI(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||GRAY(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||SABATHIA(L)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||SEVERINO(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||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 turn to Severino to sweep Twins|
NEW YORK -- Thanks to a late change in pitching plans, Yankees right-hander Luis Severino will start Wednesday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins.
The move also lines him up to start New York's regular-season finale.
Severino was originally slated to get only two starts the rest of the regular season, but the change will get him a third start.
The first of the three will come in the Yankees' attempt to complete a sweep of the Twins.
The right-hander found out Monday and the Yankees announced their change of plans Tuesday before getting a 5-2 victory and moving six games ahead of the Twins in the race for the first American League wild card.
"We discussed it, we had been preparing him for it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday afternoon. "It allows him to start three more times if needed."
Severino (13-6, 2.93 ERA) is set to face an opponent who has only seen him on video and in advanced scouting reports. None of Minnesota's hitters have faced him in the major leagues, and only Jorge Polanco (1-for-6 with Triple-A Rochester 2016, 0-for-3 with Double-A New Britain 2014) has ever faced him at the minor league level.
By pushing up Severino from his previously scheduled Friday turn, the Yankees showed that they still hold aspirations of winning the AL East. With 11 games remaining, they are three games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox.
"Our goal is still to win the division," Girardi said. "We have clinched nothing at this point. We still have a lot to work to do in front of us."
"We've been playing really good baseball, and we just need to continue to do that and keep the pressure on them, make them keep winning," Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner said after the team won for the 14th time in 19 games.
Severino has been a key reason why the Yankees seem likely to at least host the AL wild-card game Oct. 3.
Since the All-Star break, he is 8-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts. During those outings, Severino allowed one earned run or fewer nine times, and he has turned it on even more this month.
In three starts this month, he is 2-0 with an 0.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 21 innings. During those starts, opponents are 6-for-72 (.083).
On Friday, he tied a career high by pitching eight innings when he allowed two earned runs on three hits in an 8-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
"I think whether it's a guy that you've seen do this before it or not, it's just been impressive what he's done, the way he's pitched all year long for us," Girardi said after Severino dominated the Orioles. "We really believed that he was always a starter."
Severino will be starting Wednesday on the regular four days' rest, which is his preference.
"If I had to choose, I'd choose tomorrow," Severino said Tuesday. "I like to pitch on five days. When I rest a lot, my arm feels very good and I can't control my fastball, I overthrow."
His opponent will be veteran Bartolo Colon, who is making his 13th start for the Twins. They are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild-card spot and have lost the first two games in the Bronx despite holding the Yankees to three hits in 28 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
"To score three runs the first couple of games, usually it's not going to be enough against this team," Molitor said. "To drop a couple of games here and have to come back to face a guy like Severino, it's going to be a tall order, and we'll make a quick turnaround."
Colon is 4-5 with a 4.80 ERA for Minnesota after going 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA for the Atlanta Braves.
Colon last pitched Friday during a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He allowed four runs and five hits in six innings. In his past three starts -- all defeats -- Colon owns a 7.53 ERA after going 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA in six August starts.
The 44-year-old is 6-8 with a 5.81 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) against the Yankees, whom he pitched for in 2011. He made his debut for the Twins in a 6-4 loss to New York on July 18, when he allowed four runs and eight hits in four innings.
New York's current roster holds a combined .324 average off him. Matt Holliday, who did not start the last two games, is 7-for-21 off Colon, while Jacoby Ellsbury is 6-for-18.
|Last Updated: 3/20/2018 6:18:15 PM EST|