Game Thirteen – Cubs (4-8) vs. Yankees (7-6)
- Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 176, 844
- Location – Yankee Stadium, New York (The Bronx)
Jason Hammel (2-0, 2.63/0.51/4.82) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21/1.00/2.64)
After weather postponed the opener of the two-game series in the Bronx on Tuesday night, the Cubs begin Interleague play this afternoon with the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Today marks the first time the Cubs have played a regular season game at the new Yankee Stadium. The Cubs actually played in the first games at the new Stadium in 2009. Lou Piniella’s Cubs squared off against the Yankees in two exhibition games to wrap-up Spring Training more than five years ago. The new Yankee Stadium will be the 122nd different park the Cubs’ franchise has played in. And after these two games are in the books, the Cubs “will have played a regular-season games in every current Major League city and a game in every active ballpark” according to a report from Carrie Muskat.
The Cubs played rather well against the Junior Circuit a year ago. The Cubs were 13-7 versus the American League. This year, the Cubs have four games versus the White Sox (May 5-8), two more against the Yankees at Wrigley Field (May 20-21), three with the Red Sox in Boston (June 30, July 1-2), three against the Rays (Aug. 8-10), three versus the Orioles (Aug. 22-24) and three in Toronto with the Blue Jays (Sept. 8-10).
Not only will several of the Cubs’ players and coaches have a chance to catch up with Alfonso Soriano, but the Cubs will get a first-hand look with the one that got away in the off-season. The Cubs’ front office made Masahiro Tanaka a priority last winter and came up short in the bidding war. Joe Girardi will spend a lot of time answering questions about how serious he was about the Cubs’ job last fall. And both Larry Rothschild and Jim Hendry figure to field more than their fair share of questions about what they think about the current state of the Cubs.
On the field, Plan B, as Jason Hammel referred to himself, will try to beat the pitcher that was Plan A for the Cubs during the off-season. The Yankees are dealing with a lot of injuries. Derek Jeter is expected back in the starting lineup after missing the last two games of the Red Sox series with a tight right quad.
Game two of the day-night doubleheader is expected to begin at 6:05pm CDT. Travis Wood is scheduled to face the pine tar-free Michael Pineda in the finale of the two-game series.
Jason Hammel gets it all started in game one of the twin bill …
Jason Hammel makes his third start of the year today and the first one against a team not from Pittsburgh. Hammel picked up the win in his Cubs’ debut on April 3 after holding the Pirates to one run on two hits with one walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Hammel followed up his first outing with an excellent start in his first ever game at Wrigley. Hammel gave up three runs on three solo home runs with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings. The Pirates hit five bombs in total that night, with three of them coming off of Jason Hammel.
Hammel has a lot of experience with facing the Yankees from his time in the AL East. Hammel is 3-3 in 17 career appearances, 11 starts, with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. Hammel was very good against the Bombers a year ago. Hammel was 2-0 in three starts with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. For his career, Hammel is 1-1 in three starts at new Yankee Stadium with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
Yankees Career Numbers against Jason Hammel
- Kelly Johnson: 8-for-27 with one double, two home runs and one walk
- Derek Jeter: 8-for-27 with one double, one home run and one walk
- Ichiro Suzuki: 10-for-26 with two doubles and two walks
- Brian Roberts: 7-for-17 with two doubles and two walks
- Brian McCann: 3-for-13
- Carlos Beltran: 2-for-8 with one walk
- Alfonso Soriano: 3-for-9 with two doubles and one home run
- Jacoby Ellsbury: 3-for-7 with one walk
- Brett Gardner: 0-for-6
Masahiro Tanaka has been very good in two starts this season. After serving up a leadoff homer to Melky Cabrera in his Major League debut, Tanaka settled down and beat the Blue Jays while striking out eight batters and not issuing a free pass. Tanaka put together a quality start in his last outing and received a no decision. Tanaka allowed three runs on seven hits to the Orioles with 10 strikeouts and one walk. In two starts (14 innings), Tanaka has issued one free pass while striking out 18 batters.
Masahiro Tanaka has not disappointed yet.
Look for Rick Renteria to load his lineup with right-handers this afternoon. So far, lefties have hit .167/.194/.258 against him while righties have managed a .320/.320/520 slash line against Tanaka in two games.
Its contest time once again at the CCO.
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The three-game contest ends today with the first game of the day-night doubleheader and the winner of today’s contest will receive the last copy of the DVD from A+E.
Here is how the contest works:
There will be only (1) winner per day. All entries must be posted in the comments section with a time stamp prior to first pitch. All entries made after first pitch (12:05pm CDT) will NOT be valid. If any rules are not followed then those entries will NOT be valid. All entries must include answers for all questions and failure to do so will make that entry invalid. Only (1) entry per day, per person, per IP address.
There will be one question posted in each of the three game previews. The person with the correct answer for the question will be that day’s winner. The tie breaking procedure will follow the order in which the questions are asked, not based on the amount of correct answers. All answers must be exact, close is not good enough. If more than one entry has all (6) questions answered correctly, the winner will be determined by the time stamp as answering the questions first and correctly.
The winner will be posted in the comment section of that day’s game preview (Talkin’ Cubs Live). The winner will have to email the CCO with a correct mailing address. A+E Networks will send out the DVD to the winners within the continental United States only.
Contest Three – April 16, 2014 – Game One (12:05pm CDT)
Number of Strikeouts for Jason Hammel
- Tie Breaking 1) Amount of earned runs allowed by Jason Hammel
- Tie Breaking 2) Amount of hits allowed by Jason Hammel
- Tie Breaking 3) Amount of walks allowed by Jason Hammel
- Tie Breaking 4) Number of home runs hit by Alfonso Soriano
- Tie Breaking 5) Number of strikeouts for Masahiro Tanaka
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