Pitching Matchups: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hit two homers in a 12-5 vicotry against the Texas Rangers (Matt Strasen/Associated Press)

The Yankees are coming off a rough road trip losing three out of four to the Detroit Tigers and winning two out of three against the Texas Rangers.  A lot of the struggles came from the offense and some of the starting pitching.

Here are the starting pitching matchups for the Yankees homestand against the Kansas City Royals.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:05 PM
Kyle Davies (1-4, 7.32 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (1-2, 2.88 ERA)

Davies is coming off his longest outing of the season against the Baltimore Orioles where he went 6 1/3 innings and gave up only three runs.  However that did not stop him from losing his third game in a row.  In his preivous game he gave up eight runs so it was a nice bounce back despite taking the loss.  In Garcia’s last outing against the Tigers he gave up four runs on 10 hits in seven innings.  Those runs came in the second and third innings and he was solid for the rest of the outing.  The offense was not able to pick him back up.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:05 PM
Bruce Chen (4-1, 3.59 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (4-2, 3.71 ERA)

Chen collected his fourth win in his last outing against the Orioles where he pitched seven solid innings.  His offense gave him an early lead and Chen took advantage of the strike zone and used his offspeed pitches to his advantage.  Though Burnett gave up five runs (two earned) on three hits in seven innings his approach on the mound and throwing didn’t show that.  He has pitched at least six innings in five of his seven starts going into the seventh inning in the rest.

Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:05 PM
Sean O’Sullivan (1-2, 3.41 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (3-2, 4.08 ERA)

Last Friday against the A’s O’Sullivan issued seven walks but only allowed one run.  He went eight innings in that outing which is the longest of his career.  However, he took the loss and only threw 89 pitches.  Also like O’Sullivan, Nova pitched into the eighth inning for the first time in his career against the Rangers.  He held Texas to an unearned run and two hits.  Nova is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts.

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