|NY YANKEES ( GARCIA )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|Citi Field - New York, NY|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-44||-1.8||50-48||5.3||0.264||0.335||0.440||0.774||4.1||0.231||0.295||0.384||0.679|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||4-3||6.4||0.259||0.320||0.409||0.729||4.3||0.236||0.302||0.403||0.705|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-25||-8||23-17||4.0||0.230||0.304||0.385||0.689||5.1||0.269||0.334||0.442||0.776|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.1||3-4||2.6||0.216||0.267||0.374||0.642||5.1||0.238||0.307||0.368||0.675|
|9/4/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)||7-4||W||125||9.5 un||O||8||9||1||6||5||0|
|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)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/30/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||5-3||W||120||9.5 un||U||8||3||0||5||4||0|
|9/1/2017||SNELL(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||3-1||W||-190||9 un||U||6||5||2||7||6||2|
|9/2/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||4-5||L||-160||8 un||O||9||9||0||10||5||0|
|9/3/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||2-6||L||-150||9 ov||U||4||4||1||8||6||0|
|9/8/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||3-9||L||110||8.5 un||O||5||7||1||12||6||0|
|9/9/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||0-9||L||235||7.5 ov||O||8||8||2||15||11||0|
|9/10/2017||COBB(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||4-1||W||130||9 un||U||9||8||1||5||5||1|
|9/11/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-5||L||+130||8.5 ev||U||8||9||2||4||6||0|
|9/12/2017||SNELL(L)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||2-1||W||+135||8 un||U||5||3||0||3||4||0|
|9/13/2017||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)|| |
|9/19/2017||SNELL(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Kevin Cash (third season)
Who's new? OF Colby Rasmus, OF/1B Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jumbo Diaz, C Wilson Ramos, C Derek Norris, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Shawn Tolleson
Who's gone? 2B Logan Forsythe, IF/OF Steve Pearce, OF Desmond Jennings, OF Mikie Mahtook, C Hank Conger, IF/OF Taylor Motter, C Bobby Wilson, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Steve Geltz, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, RHP Dylan Floro
Projected lineup: DH Corey Dickerson (.245, 24, 70), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.246, 12, 37, 21 SB), 3B Evan Longoria (.273, 36, 98), 2B Brad Miller (.243, 30, 81), RF Steven Souza (.247, 17, 49), LF Colby Rasmus (.206, 15, 54 with Astros), SS Tim Beckham (.247, 5, 16), 1B Logan Morrison (.238, 14, 43), C Curt Casali (.186, 8, 25)
Rotation: RH Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA), RH Jake Odorizzi (10-6, 3.69), RH Alex Cobb (1-2, 8.59 in five starts), LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.54), RH Matt Andriese (8-8, 4.37)
Key relievers: RH Alex Colome (2-4, 1.91, 37/40 SV), RH Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 with Indians), RH Danny Farquhar (1-0, 3.06), LH Xavier Cede'o (3-4, 3.70), RH Erasmo Ramirez (7-11, 3.77), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.51)
Hot spots: Shortstop and catcher. Tim Beckham and the combination of Curt Casali and newly signed Derek Norris are holding down the fort while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos recover from injuries. Beckham and Casali or Norris can at least try to make the situation awkward by hitting. That wasn't their strong suit last year, but the Rays will need someone to bat eighth and ninth while Ramos (knee surgery; out until July) and Duffy (Achilles surgery; out until May) heal.
Outlook: How do you fix a team that ranked eighth in the AL in ERA and 14th in runs scored? If you're the Rays, you trade away your second-best hitter (Forsythe) for a pitcher who will start the season in Triple-A (De Leon), then sign an outfielder with a .641 OPS (Rasmus) to be your second-highest paid player. Expectations for a team with the third-lowest payroll in the game shouldn't be high to begin with. Getting Duffy and Ramos back from the DL will help, but not enough to slow rumors of Archer, Cobb and Odorizzi getting traded if they pitch well.
|Yankees, Rays to close out Citi Field series|
NEW YORK -- Jaime Garcia will be looking to prove Wednesday afternoon that he deserves to pitch more than once every two weeks for the New York Yankees.
Chris Archer will be hoping to confirm once again, to himself as well as the Tampa Bay Rays, that he is physically fine after an injury scare earlier this month.
A pair of pitchers in need of a win and/or some positive reinforcement will square off Wednesday when the Rays "host" the Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game series at Citi Field. The series was relocated to the usual home of the New York Mets due to the effects of Hurricane Irma along Florida's Gulf Coast.
The Rays earned a 2-1 win Tuesday when Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the eighth.
With the win, Tampa Bay (72-74) remained four games behind the Twins in the race for the American League's second wild card. The Yankees (78-66) saw their lead over Minnesota for the first wild card fall to three games. New York is four games back of the first-place Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
The Rays usually would be reassured by the presence of their ace Archer (9-9, 4.00 ERA) on the mound. However, Archer lost his second straight start last Friday, when he gave up eight runs (six earned) over three innings as Tampa Bay fell 9-3 to the Red Sox.
The start was the second shortest of the year for Archer, who exited with a tight right forearm in his previous outing Sept. 2 after giving up two homers without recording an out. An MRI showed no damage, and Archer said following his Friday start that he had no physical issues.
"I felt fine, that's the only positive I can take from (the start) is that I felt good and my stuff was good," Archer said. "But I have to execute better."
The back-to-back rough outings have raised Archer's ERA from 3.66 to a season-high 4.00.
Archer is 6-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 16 career starts against the Yankees.
Garcia (5-9, 4.43 ERA between the Yankees, Twins and Atlanta Braves) last pitched on Aug. 30, when he allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings as New York fell to the Cleveland Indians 2-1. He had his most recent turn skipped as the Yankees reverted back to a standard five-man rotation.
In an attempt to stay sharp, Garcia threw a four-inning simulated game last Friday prior to the Yankees' game against the Texas Rangers.
"I'm not going to lie to you and say it's ideal not getting (to pitch) in a while, but at this point of my career, I've learned I can adapt to anything," Garcia said. "I'm healthy, I'm strong, I'm always staying positive, I'm always coming in every day to do my work and be ready for whatever they need me to do."
Garcia is looking for his first win as a member of the Yankees, who acquired him from the Twins on July 29. He is 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA for the Yankees and has yet to complete six innings in any of his five starts.
Garcia has never faced the Rays.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 12:12:55 PM EST|