|NY YANKEES ( TANAKA )|
TAMPA BAY ( ANDRIESE )
|915||NY YANKEES||-120||Ov 8,-110||-110||Ov 8,-115|
|916||TAMPA BAY||+110||Un 8,-110||+100||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-12||+2.7||17-12||5.7||0.276||0.352||0.467||0.819||4.2||0.241||0.301||0.381||0.682|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||4-3||6.0||0.283||0.338||0.449||0.787||5.6||0.271||0.332||0.387||0.720|
|vs Right-handed Starters||17-13||+4.7||19-11||4.9||0.260||0.333||0.443||0.776||3.9||0.237||0.304||0.368||0.672|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5.2||7-0||6.3||0.295||0.354||0.522||0.876||4.6||0.218||0.292||0.393||0.686|
|5/6/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ANDERSON(L)||11-6||W||120||7.5 un||O||14||7||1||7||7||2|
|5/7/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||5-4||W||115||7 un||O||10||11||0||11||18||2|
|5/8/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||DAVIS(R)||10-4||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||13||11||2||11||6||1|
|5/9/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ADLEMAN(R)||3-5||L||-110||9 un||U||7||8||1||8||8||0|
|5/12/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||1-5||L||+105||8 ov||U||7||7||1||11||8||1|
|5/16/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||7-1||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||13||9||0||8||9||0|
|5/17/2017||PINEDA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||11-7||W||-130||9 un||O||16||8||2||11||6||0|
|5/18/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||1-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||U||7||8||0||5||2||2|
|5/19/2017||SEVERINO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||RAMIREZ(R)||4-5||L||-125||8 un||O||8||4||0||11||11||1|
|5/20/2017||TANAKA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||SABATHIA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|5/22/2017||PINEDA(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/23/2017||MONTGOMERY(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|5/24/2017||SEVERINO(R)||KANSAS CITY||KARNS(R)|| |
|5/25/2017||TANAKA(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|5/8/2017||SNELL(L)||KANSAS CITY||KARNS(R)||3-7||L||-145||7.5 ev||O||9||9||4||13||7||0|
|5/9/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||KANSAS CITY||YOUNG(R)||6-7||L||-160||8 ev||O||12||10||1||12||9||0|
|5/10/2017||ARCHER(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||12-1||W||-185||7.5 ov||O||16||7||0||8||7||1|
|5/11/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||0-6||L||-120||7.5 un||U||4||2||1||8||5||0|
|5/12/2017||COBB(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||5-4||W||150||8.5 ev||O||11||6||3||5||6||2|
|5/13/2017||SNELL(L)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||3-6||L||235||7.5 un||O||3||2||0||7||3||0|
|5/14/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||11-2||W||155||8.5 ev||O||16||10||1||6||9||1|
|5/15/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||7-8||L||135||7.5 un||O||11||11||1||9||9||0|
|5/16/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||6-4||W||150||9 ov||O||10||6||0||8||4||0|
|5/17/2017||COBB(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||7-4||W||155||9.5 ov||O||12||5||0||7||6||0|
|5/19/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||5-4||W||+115||8 un||O||11||11||1||8||4||0|
|5/20/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/22/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)|| |
|5/23/2017||COBB(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|5/25/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||LA ANGELS||MEYER(R)|| |
|5/26/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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' Tanaka seeks bounce-back effort vs. Rays|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The New York Yankees will look to even their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays by sending right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to the mound at Tropicana Field on Saturday afternoon.
Tanaka (5-2, 5.80 ERA) is coming off of his worst start of the season, giving up eight runs and four home runs to the Houston Astros in 1 2/3 innings last Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
The Rays (22-22) have usually been a welcome sight for Tanaka, who is 6-1 with a 3.79 ERA in nine career starts against them. However, Tampa Bay shelled Tanaka for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his only start against the team on Opening Day.
Tanaka said he felt flat against the Astros and told MLB.com that he didn't have command of his slider or split-finger fastball last week.
"(The pitches) were obviously flat," Tanaka said. "There's times like this in the season. You just have to battle through it. They took some really good swings on pitches, and they were flat."
To help with the issue, Tanaka has been working overtime on his mechanics with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
"It comes back to the mechanics of the pitches," Tanaka said. "I think I have to go look at some stuff and analyze what I did."
The Rays will answer with right-hander Matt Andriese, who is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA and is 2-0 in his last three starts.
Overall, Andriese is just 1-2 with a 4.97 ERA in six starts against the Yankees (24-15) but he looked good in his only start against the Bronx Bombers this season when he gave up one run over six innings in a no-decision on April 13.
"It's a good lineup one through nine and they have a couple of guys in the middle of the lineup that can hurt you real bad if you make the wrong pitches," Andriese said. "I had a good start against them in New York and I want to build off that one. You just have to attack the strike zone against them."
Andriese will try to be careful of what the Yankees can do at the top of the order with Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. The pair combined to go 3-for-7 with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI in the 5-4 loss on Friday night.
But the Rays are swinging hot bats right now. Third baseman Evan Longoria went 4-for-5 with a double and RBI on Friday to break out of an 0-for-12 slump. Longoria has 102 career RBIs against the Yankees.
"I felt good at the plate," Longoria said. "There are moments where you go up there and you feel great and it doesn't happen. (Friday), it happened. It was back-and-forth but it was important to get a win against a team that we are looking up to in the division.
"We're back at .500 and there's a lot of belief in this room that we can build on what we did on the road trip and what we did (Friday)."
|Last Updated: 8/17/2018 6:00:13 PM EST|