|BOSTON ( SALE )|
NY YANKEES ( MONTGOMERY )
|965||BOSTON||-170||Ov 8,-120||-150||Ov 8,+110|
|966||NY YANKEES||+160||Un 8,+100||+140||Un 8,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-13||-4||13-12||4.5||0.250||0.320||0.371||0.691||4.6||0.251||0.301||0.423||0.725|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.5||3-4||5.3||0.254||0.311||0.410||0.720||2.6||0.206||0.254||0.330||0.585|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-16||-3.1||17-13||4.8||0.242||0.324||0.390||0.715||4.4||0.235||0.300||0.365||0.666|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||4-3||4.7||0.260||0.332||0.434||0.766||4.1||0.218||0.287||0.378||0.665|
|7/30/2017||POMERANZ(L)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||3-5||L||-170||9 un||U||9||7||2||12||8||1|
|8/3/2017||PORCELLO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||9-5||W||-285||9.5 un||O||15||10||1||7||4||1|
|8/4/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||3-2||W||-210||9.5 un||U||8||5||1||9||10||0|
|8/5/2017||POMERANZ(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||4-1||W||-320||9.5 un||U||5||4||1||8||6||1|
|8/6/2017||FISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)||6-3||W||-205||10.5 un||U||8||6||0||9||6||0|
|8/8/2017||SALE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)||2-0||W||-210||7 ev||U||12||9||1||2||4||0|
|8/9/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||8-2||W||-120||8.5 ov||O||9||6||0||4||3||2|
|8/11/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||4-5||L||115||8.5 ov||O||8||9||0||7||8||0|
|8/12/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||10-5||W||150||8 un||O||12||4||2||9||6||2|
|8/13/2017||SALE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||PORCELLO(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||POMERANZ(L)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|8/19/2017||SALE(L)||NY YANKEES|| || |
|8/20/2017|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/30/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)||3-5||L||-155||9 ov||U||4||10||0||9||11||2|
|8/3/2017||GRAY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||1-5||L||145||8 ev||U||3||2||3||5||5||0|
|8/4/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||2-7||L||105||9 ev||P||11||9||1||8||4||0|
|8/5/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-1||W||125||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||6||5||0|
|8/6/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||8-1||W||110||7.5 un||O||12||7||0||2||2||0|
|8/8/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||2-4||L||125||9 ov||U||7||10||2||10||8||0|
|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||TANAKA(R)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||GRAY(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ NY METS||LUGO(R)|| |
|8/17/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ NY METS||MATZ(L)|| |
|8/18/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)|| |
|8/19/2017|| ||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|BOSTON: 2016: 93-69, first place
Manager: John Farrell (fifth season)
Who's new? LHP Chris Sale, RHP Tyler Thornburg, 1B Mitch Moreland, OF Steve Selsky
Who's gone? DH David Ortiz, 3B Travis Shaw, 3B Yoan Moncada, 2B Aaron Hill, C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Brad Ziegler
Projected lineup: 2B Dustin Pedroia (.318, 15 HR, 74 RBI), LF Andrew Benintendi (.295, 2, 14 in 34 games), SS Xander Bogaerts (.294, 21, 89, 13 SB), RH Mookie Betts (.318, 31, 113), DH Hanley Ramirez (.286, 30, 111) CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.267, 26, 87), 3B Pablo Sandoval (.000, 0, 0 in three games), 1B Mitch Moreland (.233, 22, 60 with Rangers), C Sandy Leon (.310, 7, 35) or Christian Vazquez (.224, 1, 12)
Rotation: LH Chris Sale (17-10, 3.34 ERA), RH Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15), RH Steven Wright (13-6, 3.33), LH Drew Pomeranz (3-5, 4.59), LH Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.71)
Key relievers: RH Craig Kimbrel (2-6, 3.40, 31/33 SV), RH Tyler Thornburg (8-5, 2.15 with Brewers), RH Joe Kelly (4-0, 5.18), LH Robbie Ross (3-2, 3.25), RH Matt Barnes (4-3, 4.05), LH Fernando Abad (1-6, 3.66 with Twins and Red Sox), RH Heath Hembree (4-1, 2.65)
Hot spots: Third base. Is this the year Sandoval is known more for his ability to play baseball than his physique? Sandoval, who missed all but three games last year because of a shoulder injury, showed up to spring training looking slimmer than years past. His production at the plate and agility on the field followed suit in the Grapefruit League. The Red Sox have shown they aren't afraid to take playing time away from the Panda if he doesn't deserve it. Josh Rutledge, a competent fielder and perhaps a better hitter against left-handers, is around just in case.
Outlook: Boston scored more runs than any team in baseball last year, and this year's club has the pitching to avoid another early playoff exit. Newcomer Sale is the best left-hander in the AL, an ace in his prime. Porcello is the reigning Cy Young Award winner. David Price, when he returns from an elbow injury, gives the Red Sox arguably the best 1-2-3 punch in the league. Ortiz retired, but he'll leave a bigger hole in the hearts of fans than in the lineup. Benintendi is a candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year award, while Betts played like an MVP at age 23. A bounceback season from Sandoval would give opposing pitchers no chance to breathe. Triple-A depth shouldn't be enough of an issue to prevent the Sox from challenging the Indians for the pennant.
|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.
|Red Sox ace Sale gets 3rd crack at beating Yankees|
NEW YORK -- The Boston Red Sox are winless in Chris Sale's two starts against the New York Yankees.
It does not mean the Yankees rocked Sale in the previous two meetings at Fenway Park. It just means their pitchers did enough and eventually the offense produced just enough.
Sale will be on the mound Sunday night when the longtime rivals conclude their three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
Sale is 0-1 with a 1.15 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season and will be trying to help the Red Sox get a season-high 5 1/2-game lead over the Yankees. After blowing a three-run lead in the series opener, Andrew Benintendi hit two three-run homers off Luis Severino in Saturday's 10-5 victory.
Benintendi is almost as hot as Sale at the plate. He is hitting .484 (15-for-31) with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last eight games after getting the first two games of the month off.
"More than anything, pitches that he's gotten on the plate, he hasn't missed," Boston manager John Farrell said. "I can't say anything's fundamentally changed. He's got a beautiful swing. He's a natural lefty hitter. Prior to the date we were talking about, he was just missing some pitches that he otherwise squared up."
As for Sale, he struck out 13 and pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings on July 15, but the Yankees tied the score in the ninth and won it in the 16th. On April 27, he allowed three runs (two earned) and eight hits in eight innings but was bested by Masahiro Tanaka's three-hitter.
Overall, Sale is 4-2 with a 1.17 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts) against the Yankees. In New York, he is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five games (four starts) and the current Yankees roster is a combined 19-for-96 (.198) against Sale.
Chase Headley is the Yankee with the most at-bats against Sale and the first baseman is 6-for-20. Outfielder Aaron Hicks is 6-for-16 against him.
Sale will be making his first start in New York since pitching a six-hitter in a 7-1 victory for the Chicago White Sox on May 13, 2016. The only run he allowed in that game was a home run to Headley.
Sale is 14-4 with a 2.57 ERA and can join Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw as the second 15-game winner in the majors. His last outing was among his more dominant ones as Sale struck out 13 and allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings Tuesday at Tampa.
He increased his strikeout total to 228, the most by a Red Sox left-hander. He also is among four pitchers with at least 10 double-digit strikeout games on the road, joining Hall of Famers Randy Johnson (1999, 2000, 2001), Nolan Ryan (1973) and Sandy Koufax (1965).
It is those things putting Sale in the conversation for AL MVP. He leads the league in ERA, hits per nine innings (6.3), walks per nine (1.62), strikeouts per nine (12.77), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.90) and innings pitched (161 1/3).
"Great debate," Farrell said. "A lot of people say there's no way a starting pitcher can be. I'd refute that.
"And as dominant as he's been, with the exception of an outing or two, we're talking about a difference-maker in the standings, in the feel of the team, what he means to our team. Yeah, he should be in that conversation."
CC Sabathia was originally slated to start Sunday but landed on the disabled with right knee inflammation. Instead, rookie Jordan Montgomery will get his second career start against the Red Sox, nearly a month after allowing three runs and six hits in four innings on July 14 at Fenway Park.
"I'm not facing him," Montgomery said of opposing Sale. "I'm just facing the batters. Our hitters will take care of him."
Montgomery will be facing Sale after a scary moment during batting practice before Saturday's game. While signing autographs as the Red Sox took batting practice, Montgomery was helped off the field after being struck in the ear by a ball.
The Yankees said Montgomery was fine and that he just had a cut on his ear and should be able to make the start.
Montgomery was optioned to the minors after allowing one run and three hits in five innings on Aug. 5 at Cleveland but was appointed to fill in for Sabathia on Friday. The Yankees are 9-12 in his starts and Montgomery has allowed three runs or fewer in 16 starts while going 7-6 with a 4.05 ERA this season.
"I think it's a challenge for any young pitcher, but I think for the most part this kid has handled the challenges pretty well," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "His last three outings, two of them were really, really good. He faced a very potent Cleveland lineup last week and pitched extremely well, a team that was one run away from winning the World Series last year, so he's handled it pretty well."
|Last Updated: 2/23/2018 10:02:50 PM EST|