Series Preview: New York Yankees, April 8-11

The return of Pronk - Dave Reginek

The Indians open their home slate of 2013 games with the hated New York Yankees.

The Tribe's first home series of 2013 is a four game set with the debut scheduled for Monday April 8 at 4:05 PM. Tuesday's game is scheduled for 7:05 PM while Wednesday's game is a 7:00 PM start because it is on ESPN2 (they must have mistook our red home caps for the Red Sox). The finale is on Thursday at 7:05 PM as well with the rival White Sox coming in for a weekend tilt.

Team in a Box

New York Yankees

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2013 Record

2-4

Runs/Game

4.0

10th

Runs/Game

5.5

12th

AL East

t-4th

OBP

323

9th

SO/9

7.1

11th

Last 10

2-4

SLG

399

9th

BB/9

4.0

11th

Last 30

N/A

Steals

1

13th

H/9

11.9

15th

The perennial bullies of the AL East arrive into Cleveland, with a lot of new faces. This isn't because the Steinbrenner family shelled out major dollars again this off-season, but rather due to massive injury bug sweeping the roster. That tends to happen when almost every regular is over 30. Jeter, Teixeira, A-Rod and Granderson all started the season on the DL. The pundits all predict an off year for the Jackwagons, but I wouldn't count them out until the stake is driven through their pinstriped black vampire heart.

Projected Lineup

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS+

CF

Brett Gardner

L

27

160

250

280

46

2B

Robinson Cano

L

25

130

200

130

-6

3B

Kevin Youkilis

R

24

409

480

727

226

DH

Travis Hafner

L

22

350

409

500

149

LF

Vernon Wells

R

21

294

429

706

204

RF

Ichiro Suzuki

L

20

111

190

111

-14

1B

Lyle Overbay

L

20

211

250

263

42

C

Francisco Cervelli

R

16

308

438

615

185

SS

Jayson Nix

R

11

273

273

545

117

Joe Girardi is doing a lot of shuffling with the lineup with four regulars on the shelf. Eduardo Nunez, Jeter's replacement, got hurt over the weekend. He may return at some point during this series but LGFT Jayson Nix will fill in for the time being. Gardner is the catalyst and Cano is the most dangerous hitter and is off to a poor start which doesn't bode well for this series. Overbay, Youkilis, Wells, Suzuki and Hafner are all on the wrong side of 30 and are mostly placeholders until the regulars get healthy. Another LGFT, Ben Francisco, should get into a game or two during the series.

Projected Starters

Date

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

H/9

BB/9

K/9

April 8

Hiroki Kuroda

R

6.75

1.1

21.6

21.6

16.2

April 9

Andy Pettitte

L

1.13

8.0

9.0

1.1

3.4

April 10

Ivan Nova

R

7.71

4.2

9.6

3.9

9.6

April 11

Phil Hughes

R

6.75

4.0

18.0

0.0

9.0

Looks like we will miss CC Sabathia this go round. Kuroda is expected to start even though he bruised his middle finger trying to snare a liner up the middle in his last start. Pettitte is an ancient but effective lefty. Hopefully our revamped lineup will negate the left handedness. Nova is still trying to figure things out. Hughes recovered from his latest injury to make his last start, but struggled.

Key Relievers

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Mariano Rivera

R

4.50

2.0

13.5

4.5

9.0

Boone Logan

L

6.75

1.1

27.1

6.8

0.0

David Robertson

R

0.00

2.0

9.0

0.0

9.0

Rivera is back for his swan song season after the knee injury. Logan is the lone lefty in the pen and Robertson usually has good stuff. Justin, er Joba, is still hanging around but the rest of the pen are not the usual Yankee costly expenditures with all of them below the $1M mark.

On the Shelf

  • P Cesar Cabral (left elbow stress fracture) - 60-day DL, no timetable
  • CF Curtis Granderson (right forearm fracture) - 15-day DL, possibly May
  • SS Derek Jeter (left ankle) - 15-day DL, possibly April
  • SP Hiroki Kuroda (bruised right middle finger - day to day, expected to make next start
  • SS Eduardo Nunez (bruised right bicep - day to day
  • SP Michael Pineda (right anterior labral tear) - 60-day DL, possibly June
  • 3B Alex Rodriguez (right hip) - 60-day DL, possibly midseason
  • 1B Mark Teizeira (partially torn tendon right wrist) - 15-day DL, possibly May

When four of your everyday lineup starts the year on the DL that is going to be a rough looking lineup. The injury to Kuroda could make for a good home opener.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2013

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2012

1

5

167

15

26

268

Last 5

13

23

361

143

188

377

Last 10

23

46

333

297

378

391

All-Time

870

1100

442

8361

9523

441

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Join Let's Go Tribe

You must be a member of Let's Go Tribe to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Let's Go Tribe. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker