Posts Tagged ‘James Shields’

AL Starting Rotations

September 29, 2011

The Postseason is upon us and in a season when offensive production was down through out the league the age old adage “Pitching wins Championships” should ring even true in 2011. All four American League Playoff teams boast formidable projected four man rotations. The Detroit Tigers have the best one two punch with presumable AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA) and Doug Fister who is 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the Tigers at the trade-deadline. Check out Detroit’s projected playoff starting rotation.

DET: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Defending AL Champion, Texas Rangers, have a fantastic starting trio of C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA), Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95 ERA) and Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA). Check out the numbers for the projected Rangers starting pitchers.

TEX: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The “miracle” Rays have two pitchers, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson, with sub 3.00 ERAs. Check out how Tampa Bay’s potential postseason starting staff have performed this season.

TB: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The New York Yankees finished with the best record in the American League but besides staff Ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA), the Bronx Bombers have some serious issues with their potential post-season starters. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA) has had a great rookie campaign but can the Yanks trust such an inexperienced arm in big pressure games? With Phil Hughes out with a back injured, can the pinstripes really in good faith give the ball to A.J. Burentt (11-11, 5.15 ERA). Check out how the four potential New York starters have performed in 2011.

NYY: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

With such great pitchers except some excellent pitchers duels this postseason in the American League.

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Keys to the Game: Yankees Vs Rays, September 26,2011

September 26, 2011

One game back of the Boston Red Sox for the AL Wild Card Race, the Tampa Bay Rays must win this upcoming series with the New York Yankees, something they haven’t done all year, if they hope to keep their post-season aspirations alive. Tampa will send their best pitcher, James Shields (15-12, 2.84 ERA), to the the hill tonight. However, Shields has not fared well against the Yankees this year with the Rays dropping all three of his starts. Even worse, Shields is 4-11 with a 4.29 ERA in 19 career starts against the bombers. Check out Shields’ number against Yankees for his career.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Hits Allowed (Green)

The Yankees will start Rookie Reliever, Hector Noesi (2-1, 4.14 ERA). Noesi has had success against the Rays, allowing two Earned Runs in 8.2 innings this season.

The Rays could have the advantage at the plate tonight, as the Yankees should be fatigued from the 23 innings they played against Boston yesterday in a day-night double header. Compare the production of the Yankees’ and Ray’s starting lineups tonight.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

Even though the Yankees will field a more productive lineup this evening, the Rays will have much fresher legs. One must wonder if Joe Girardi will begin to rest his starters and give the Rays a chance of overcoming the largest September deficit in history?

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When Your Offense is Dragging You Down

July 15, 2011

With a record of 49-41, the Tampa Bay Rays are still in the running for the competitive AL East title. Surprisingly, despite being third in their division, the Rays are ranked in the bottom half of their league in runs scored. So what’s keeping the team afloat? Luckily, the Rays have a strong starting rotation and bullpen. As a whole, the Rays pitching is ranked fourth in BAA and WHIP for the League with an ERA of 3.58. With key pitchers like James Shields, David Price, and Jeremy Hellickson, will the team’s defense be enough to outplay the hard hitters of the Red Sox and Yankees?

See how Tampa Bay Stacks up against a powerhouse like Boston

 

Rays pitching is keeping them in contention!

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