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Game 69 Preview: Yankees at Cubs

Get this team a win, A.J.
Get this team a win, A.J.

Following a difficult loss during yesterday's matinee, A.J. Burnett will take the ball for the Yankees this afternoon. At 39-29, the Yankees are 10 games over .500, one game shy of their season high. On the season, Burnett is 6-5 with a 4.09 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 7.0 K/9 in 88 innings pitched. He has seven quality starts.

Ryan Dempster will take the mound for the Cubs. On the season, he is 5-5 with a 5.48 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 8.5 K/9 in 87 innings pitched. Of his fifteen starts, Dempster has thrown seven quality starts.

Dempster is a three-pitch pitcher, working off of a fastball, slider, and splitter. His fastball has been below average, while his off-speed pitches have been above average. He sits around 90 mph with his fastball, and has the ability to crank it up to 91 or 92. With his off-speed stuff, his slider sits around 85 mph, and his splitter around 82 mph. 

Current Series

Cubs lead the series 1-0

Fri 06/17 WP: Doug Davis (1 - 5)
SV: Carlos Marmol
LP: Freddy Garcia (5 - 6)
1 - 3 loss

New York Yankees
@ Chicago Cubs

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

A.J. Burnett vs Ryan Dempster

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around .


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Follow the jump for lineups, match-ups, previews, and notes.

Yankees lineup

Gardner, Granderson, Teixeira, Rodriguez, Cano, Swisher, Martin, Nunez, Burnett

Cubs Lineup

Fukudome, Castro, DeWitt, Ramirez, Pena, Johnson, Soriano, Soto, Dempster

A.J. Burnett vs. current Cubs

Ryan Dempster vs. current Yankees

Baseball-Reference Preview

MLB Preview


  1. The Yankees are 2-2 during interleague play in 2011. They went 11-7 in 2010.
  2. A-Rod is 1 run shy of 1,800 runs for his career. He recently passed Ted Williams for 17th on the all time list. (The MLB Preview link is incorrect; a quick look at the all time leaders shows A-Rod is already ahead of Williams, not tied.)
  3. Since April 28th, Brett Gardner is hitting .353/.439/.481. He is exactly who I want leading off right now, no matter who is on the mound.