Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Colorado Series Preview and Injury Update

The Yankees are starting their second inter-league series tonight. A series win against the Colorado Rockies will be necessary for them to keep pace with the first place Red Sox, especially after Boston's extra innings win last night against the Twins.

Despite New York's injuries, the Colorado series looks hopeful. The Yankees two best starters are due up and the line up has managed to get enough runs across the plate without the regulars to win 7 of their last 10 games. Here are the pitching match-ups for the coming series:

  • Game 1: Hiroki Kuroda (4-1, 2.25) vs Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 4.18)
  • Game 2: David Phelps (1-1, 5.56) vs Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.91)
  • Game 3: CC Sabathia (4-3, 4.31) vs Jeff Francis (1-2, 7.27)
As long as the Yankee offense shows up, games 1 and 3 should be wins, given the stark difference in the caliber of pitchers facing each other. Phelps and Nicasio are more comparable as back end starter types; they will both allow some runs and it will be up to the offense to win the game. Nicasio leads the Rockies' pitching staff in walks and hasn't made it past the 5th inning since his first start at the beginning of April. In his most recent outing, Nicasio only made it through 4 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. I suspect National League pitchers don't pitch as many innings per game compared to American League pitchers given that their bats might take them out of a game sooner than their arms will in a close contest, but that will be irrelevant with the New York hitters grinding out plenty of walks. We'll have to wait and see whether inter-league play will give Girardi plenty of opportunities to make questionable pitching decisions or if the offense will leave enough room for Girardi to trust pitchers not named CC, Hiroki, or Booney. Luckily, injury prone Hughes and Pettitte won't be starting versus Colorado; swinging a bat with any semblance of effort would be the last thing I would want those two pitchers to do.

On the injury front: SS Eduardo Nunez is day to day again, this time with rib cage tightness. I would love to see him back for tomorrow's game at the latest. The ground balls will be looking for holes against Kuroda and Phelps. He needs to get back ASAP or we will see an "In Case of Emergency Break Glass" infielder out there when someone else goes down. On a positive note, David Robertson should be available out of the pen tonight after resting a hamstring pull. 

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