Cleveland Indians Series Preview: New York Yankees, May 13

Former Tribesman Travis Hafner - Mike Stobe

The Indians interrupt their five game road trip with a quick dash home to make up two April rainouts against the New York Yankees.

An off-day turns into an old fashioned doubleheader with the Yankees. The first game starts at 12:05 PM with the second game starting shortly after the first game ends (MLB guesstimate is 3:35 PM). At the conclusion of the nightcap, they will head to Philadelphia for two games to complete their interleague series with the Phillies. [Note: all stats except for records are through Saturday's games due to the need for an early post]

Team in a Box

New York Yankees

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2013 Record

23-13

Runs/Game

4.4

9th

Runs/Game

3.9

5th

AL East

1st

OBP

321

9th

H/9

8.9

10th

Last 10

7-3

SLG

424

5th

BB/9

2.5

2nd

Last 30

21-9

Steals

21

6th

SO/9

8.2

7th

Since the rainouts, the Yankees have been on fire. Jeter, Teixeira, A-Rod and Granderson are all still on the DL, but Granderson might be activated this week. Girardi is doing a heck of a job considering they have 11 guys on the DL right now. And it isn't clear to me exactly how they are in first place. They are middle of the pack in most offensive categories, a tad higher in the pitching department and average in fielding.

Projected Lineup

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS+

CF

Brett Gardner

L

154

259

331

400

99

2B

Robinson Cano

L

154

306

351

563

144

LF

Vernon Wells

R

139

281

331

500

123

DH

Travis Hafner

L

107

270

393

528

149

RF

Ichiro Suzuki

L

125

272

317

377

89

SS

Jayson Nix

R

102

253

324

319

77

1B

Lyle Overbay

L

120

263

300

500

113

3B

Chris Nelson

R

26

200

231

280

39

C

Chris Stewart

R

64

232

274

339

67

Since we last saw them, Youkilis and Cervelli got hurt and Nunez has not recovered from his injury, landing on the DL this week. LGFT Nix is now holding down short and Nelson has taken over at third. Austin Romine should get one of the starts at catcher. The lineup has been solid with the only holes being Stewart, Nix and Stewart. Hafner has looked healthy, cranking six homers already. But Cano and Wells are the main cogs this year.

Projected Starters

Date

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Game 1

David Phelps (Masterson)

R

5.02

28.2

82

8.8

3.1

9.7

Game 2

Vidal Nuno (Bauer)

L

0.00

3.0

-

12.0

0.0

6.0

Ivan Nova was potentially going to be activated for this doubleheader, but the last update still did not have him listed. Phelps has taken his spot in the rotation for the time being. He has given up six earned runs in 11.2 innings as a starter thus far. He has never pitched against the Indians. Vidal Nuno was originally a 48th round draft pick of the Tribe but was released in March 2011. He only has one career MLB appearance on April 29 against the Astros.

Key Relievers

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Mariano Rivera

R

1.76

15.1

237

7.6

1.2

7.0

David Robertson

R

3.00

15.0

139

5.4

1.8

11.4

Boone Logan

L

2.70

10.0

157

10.8

1.8

9.9

Rivera has 15 saves already this year, extending his MLB record. He hasn't been striking out as many, but his WHIP is fantastic. He has been good but not extraordinary against us. In 41 games, a 2-2 record, 29 saves, and a 8.6 K/9 in 57.1 innings. Robertson has also been very goof this year as the main set-up guy for Rivera. He has excellent numbers in only 10.2 innings against us. Logan has been effective. Even back to his White Sox days, he has been good against the Indians. He has a 3.86 ERA in 21 innings and 9.4 K/9.

On the Shelf

  • P Cesar Cabral (left elbow stress fracture) - 60-day DL, in extended spring training
  • CF Curtis Granderson (right forearm fracture) - 15-day DL, possible mid-May
  • SS Derek Jeter (crack in left ankle) - 60-day DL, post All-Star break
  • SP Michael Pineda (right anterior labral tear) - 60-day DL, possible June
  • 3B Alex Rodriguez (right hip) - 60-day DL, post All-Star break
  • 1B Mark Teixeira (partially torn tendon right wrist) - 15-day DL, possible June
  • C Francisco Cervelli (fractured right hand) - 60-day DL, no timetable for return
  • RP Joba Chamberlain (right oblique strain) - 15-day DL, possible mid-May
  • SP Ivan Nova (right triceps inflammation) - 15-day DL, possible mid-May
  • 3B Kevin Youkilis (lumbar spine strain) - 15-day DL, possible mid-May
  • SS Eduardo Nunez (strained left oblique) - 15-day DL, possible late May

I can't ever recall seeing an injury list this extensive. What an amazing job by Girardi keeping this team in contention with that many guys injured. And to top it off, the Yankees should have plenty of trade bait once these players start getting healthy. They won't be able to keep them all on the 25 or 40 man rosters.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2013

0

2

000

7

25

089

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

1102

441

8368

9548

440

* Does not include 2013 stats

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