|CLEVELAND ( CLEVINGER )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( BLACH )
|979||CLEVELAND||-140||Ov 8.5,+100||-140||Ov 8,+110|
|980||SAN FRANCISCO||+130||Un 8.5,-120||+130||Un 8,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-17||-8.7||11-23||4.6||0.253||0.327||0.399||0.726||4.0||0.243||0.311||0.380||0.690|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.7||3-3||4.1||0.246||0.321||0.394||0.715||3.9||0.234||0.295||0.360||0.655|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-41||-23.6||28-29||4.0||0.241||0.297||0.375||0.672||5.0||0.281||0.337||0.455||0.792|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.2||5-2||3.6||0.248||0.297||0.390||0.687||6.0||0.296||0.347||0.502||0.849|
|7/4/2017||KLUBER(R)||SAN DIEGO||CAHILL(R)||0-1||L||-315||8 un||U||5||7||0||5||4||1|
|7/5/2017||BAUER(R)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||2-6||L||-245||9 ev||U||14||9||1||13||9||1|
|7/6/2017||TOMLIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||11-2||W||-190||9 ov||O||14||8||0||5||3||3|
|7/14/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||0-5||L||-135||7.5 un||U||4||6||1||6||4||1|
|7/15/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ OAKLAND||BLACKBURN(R)||3-5||L||-220||7.5 ov||O||5||5||0||6||2||0|
|7/16/2017||BAUER(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||3-7||L||-105||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||10||7||0|
|7/17/2017||TOMLIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||5-3||W||-120||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||6||1||2|
|7/18/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)|| |
|7/19/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|7/4/2017||CAIN(R)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)||3-5||L||187||10 ov||U||5||3||0||9||4||0|
|7/5/2017||BLACH(L)||@ DETROIT||NORRIS(L)||5-4||W||165||11 ov||U||9||8||0||9||6||0|
|7/6/2017||STRATTON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-6||L||155||11 un||U||5||4||0||8||5||0|
|7/14/2017||CUETO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-4||W||-110||8 un||O||14||9||0||11||11||1|
|7/15/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||3-5||L||-130||7.5 un||O||6||7||0||7||4||0|
|7/16/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CAHILL(R)||1-7||L||-120||7.5 un||O||9||8||1||11||3||0|
|7/20/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN DIEGO||CAHILL(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||MOORE(L)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||BLACH(L)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|7/25/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|CLEVELAND: 2016: 94-67, first place, AL champions, lost to Chicago Cubs in World Series.
Manager: Terry Francona (fifth season).
He's Here: 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Austin Jackson, LHP Boone Logan, RHP Carlos Frias, OF Wily Mo Pena, CF Bradley Zimmer, SS Eric Stamets.
He's Outta Here: 1B-DH Mike Napoli, OF Coco Crisp, OF Rajai Davis, C Chris Gimenez, 1B Jesus Aguilar, OF Marlon Byrd, RHP Jeff Manship.
Projected lineup: SS Francisco Lindor (.301, 15 HRs, 78 RBIs, Gold Glove, league-leading 15 sac flies in first full MLB season), 2B Jason Kipnis (.275, 23, 82, career-high 156 games), LF Michael Brantley (.231, 0, 7 in 11 games following shoulder surgery; .310, 15, 84, MLB-best 45 doubles, 15 SBs in 2015), DH Edwin Encarnacion (.263, 42, AL-high 142 RBIs for Toronto), 1B Carlos Santana (.259, 34, 87, 99 BBs, 99 Ks), 3B Jose Ramirez (.312, 11, 76, played 4 positions) or Giovanny Urshela (.225, 6, 21 in 81 games for Cleveland), RF Brandon Guyer (.333, 2, 14 in 38 games with Indians; .241, 7, 18 in 63 games with Rays; led majors with 31 HBP) or Lonnie Chisenhall (.286, 8, 57), C Yan Gomes (.167, 9, 34 in 74 games due to shoulder injury), CF Tyler Naquin (.296, 14, 43) or Austin Jackson (.254, 0, 18 in 54 games with White Sox before left knee surgery).
Rotation: RH Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14 ERA, 227 Ks, third in Cy Young voting), RH Carlos Carrasco (11-8, 3.32, 25 starts due to injuries), RH Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.87, 25 starts, limited in postseason by injury), RH Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26, 28 starts, began season in bullpen), RH Josh Tomlin (13-9, 4.40, 5.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio).
Key relievers: LH Andrew Miller (10-1, 1.45, 12 saves, 70 appearances with Yankees and Indians), RH Cody Allen (3-5, 2.51, 32/35 saves), RH Bryan Shaw (2-5, 3.24 in league-high 75 games; 70 games in each of past four seasons), RH Dan Otero (5-1, 1.53, 70 2/3 innings), LH Boone Logan (2-5, 3.69, 66 games with Rockies).
Hot Spot: Brantley's Right Shoulder. An All-Star in 2014, Brantley missed out on the fun last season as the Indians won the pennant without him. His return is vital for Cleveland as it tries to make another deep run because he can help provide lineup protection for Encarnacion and stabilize an outfield that was under constant change in 2016. Brantley may not hit for the same extra-base power he had in the past, but he could still offer a high average and excellent defense.
Outlook: With perhaps the league's deepest pitching staff, the Indians are an AL favorite and appear poised to return to the World Series. Last year, they exceeded expectations and built a 3-1 Series lead against the Cubs before losing three straight ' including a dramatic Game 7 at home. One elusive win from the franchise's first championship since 1948. This season, the Indians will try to finish the job. There are injury concerns with Brantley and Kipnis, who won't be ready for the start of the season because of shoulder inflammation. Ramirez could slide over to help fill in at second base. But the addition of Encarnacion finally gives Cleveland the intimidating, middle-of-the-order slugger the club has coveted since the glory days of Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle. Cleveland is a baseball town again as Indians fans spent on tickets this winter and are rallying around the club the way they did back in the mid-1990s. Lindor is on the cusp of superstardom, and one of the Indians' top priorities should be signing him to a long-term deal while he's still affordable.
|SAN FRANCISCO: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Who's new? RHP Mark Melancon, C Nick Hundley, IF Jae-Gyun Hwang
Who's gone? OF Angel Pagan, OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Santiago Casilla, RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Javier Lopez
Projected lineup: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 12 SB), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17 , 82), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), 3B Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), LF Jarrett Parker (.236, 5, 14) or Mac Williamson (.223, 6, 15)
Rotation: LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA), RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Giants and Rays), RH Matt Cain (4-8, 5.64)
Key relievers: RH Mark Melancon (2-2, 1.64, 47/51 SV with Nationals), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21) or Josh Osich (1-3, 4.71), RH Cory Gearrin (3-2, 4.28), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53)
Hot spot: Bullpen and left field. No team blew more saves last year than the Giants. The front office hopes it found the answer by signing three-time All-Star closer Melancon to a (then-record) four-year, $62 million deal, and by cutting ties with Romo and Casilla. They will need to replace Will Smith, a key lefty who tore his UCL in spring training. Veteran outfielder Pagan left after five seasons in San Francisco. Rather than fill his shoes via free agency or trade, the unproven tandem of Williamson and Parker is expected to share time in left.
Outlook: The Giants have an established core of position players, and an enviable 1-2 rotation punch in Bumgarner and Cueto. That's probably why the front office did little in the offseason besides overhaul the back end of the bullpen. Hwang, who hit 26 home runs and drove in 104 last year in Korea, is an intriguing addition to the bench. Mostly the Giants are counting on continuity. Former NL MVP Posey is coming off a below-average season by his standards, and sparkplug Pence missed nearly two months last year with a hamstring injury. Expecting both to bounce back isn't a stretch, and new closer Melancon is as good as they come. At full strength, this Giants team should be able to give the Dodgers a good run.
|Indians, Giants look for improvement in interleague play|
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cleveland Indians will seek to clinch their first series win in interleague play this season when they face the San Francisco Giants in the middle game of a three-game set Tuesday.
The Indians took the upper hand Monday, winning 5-3 behind the strong pitching of right-hander Josh Tomlin and two Giants errors that led to two unearned runs.
San Francisco had committed just three errors in its previous 12 games.
The series pits two of baseball's worst clubs in interleague play this season. Neither has won an interleague series.
The Indians, the majors' losingest team in interleague play this year with a 4-11 record, have a chance to end that drought Tuesday against a Giants club that saw its record against American League competition this season fall to 3-8 on Monday.
A pair of young pitchers will be facing their opponent for the first time Tuesday when Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger (5-3, 3.00 ERA) duels Giants lefty Ty Blach (6-5, 4.60).
Neither has fared well in previous interleague starts.
Clevinger is 0-1 with an 8.68 ERA in two career starts against National League foes. He took the loss in an 11-3 drubbing at Colorado on June 6 in his only previous interleague start this season, allowing five runs and four hits in four innings.
He contributed to an 8-7 win at Cincinnati in his major league debut in May 2016, giving up four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision.
Clevinger will be pitching for an Indians team that hopes it reversed recent poor fortunes with the Monday win.
"It's good to get back to playing our style of baseball," Tomlin said after the Indians snapped a four-game losing streak that included three defeats in Oakland over the weekend. "We took advantage of (the Giants') mistakes. That's kind of what we've done in the past."
Blach will be starting in Johnny Cueto's spot in the San Francisco rotation after getting the call on 14 previous occasions as Madison Bumgarner's injury replacement.
The 26-year-old is coming off a win in interleague play, having allowed three runs and six hits in six innings in a 5-4 win at Detroit on July 5.
Blach had two previous interleague outings this season against the Kansas City Royals, including two-thirds of an inning of hitless relief in a 2-1 win on April 18.
He later started against the Royals at home on June 13, getting bombed to the tune of seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in an 8-1 defeat.
The rookie will have to deal with hot-hitting Indians second baseman Francisco Lindor, whose three-hit performance Monday in the series opener followed a four-hit game Sunday against the A's.
It wasn't the Indians' hits as much as the Giants' miscues that cost San Francisco in the opener of a 10-game homestand.
"It's always tough to lose," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after the loss, his club's 14th in its past 18 home games. "You hate to shoot yourself in the foot, which we did."
Clearly, Giants fans have gotten tired of watching it. The announced crowd of 39,538 on Monday wasn't a sellout, the first time that happened at AT&T Park since 2010.
The Giants had an NL-record, 530-game sellout streak snapped. Only a 794-game run at Fenway Park in Boston (2003-2013) was longer in major league history.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 11:14:47 PM EST|