|CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )|
TORONTO ( MORROW )
|921||CLEVELAND||+165||Ov 8.5,-115||+155||Ov 9,-115|
|922||TORONTO||-175||Un 8.5,-105||-165||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-0||+1.6||0-1||4.0||0.212||0.316||1.0||0.138||0.242|
|Past 7 Games||1-0||+1.6||0-1||4.0||0.212||0.316||1.0||0.138||0.242|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-1||-1.8||0-1||1.0||0.138||0.242||4.0||0.212||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||0-1||-1.8||0-1||1.0||0.138||0.242||4.0||0.212||0.316|
|4/2/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||4-1||W||165||8.5 ov||U||7||7||1||4||6||0|
|4/3/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/4/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cleveland (0-0) at Toronto (0-0), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Even with some All-Star additions, the Toronto Blue Jays still must prove they're worthy of all the preseason hype surrounding the club.
The Blue Jays look to bounce back from a season-opening defeat when they continue their home set with the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.
With the additions of stars like reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Melky Cabrera, expectations are certainly high for Toronto in 2013.
However, things got off to a rough start as Dickey allowed four runs, four walks and a homer over six innings while the Blue Jays managed four hits in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Cleveland.
"You wish it would have went different, you hope for it to be different," Dickey said.
Reyes, Cabrera, and sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion went a combined 2 for 12 as Toronto was held to three hits in six innings by Cleveland starter Justin Masterson.
Brandon Morrow hopes to help the Blue Jays rebound when he takes the mound Wednesday. The right-hander went 10-7 with a 2.96 ERA in 21 starts in 2012, missing a little more than two months in the middle of the season with a strained left oblique.
Morrow, who is 0-2 with a 4.31 ERA in five starts versus Cleveland, went 0-3 with a 6.14 ERA in six games while working on his offspeed pitches and location during spring training.
"I needed to make a change if I was going to take myself from a mid-four ERA to somebody that could go out there and give you a better chance to win every five days," Morrow said.
The Indians counter with Ubaldo Jimenez, who set career worsts for losses and ERA while going 9-17 with a 5.40 ERA in 31 starts a year ago. He also allowed an AL-high 32 stolen bases.
"Last year, I felt lost. I didn't even know what to do when I got to the mound," Jimenez told MLB's official website.
Now, he's eager to leave that experience in the past.
"I'm excited to be able to go out there and compete," Jimenez said. "I feel really good. I'm not worrying about mechanics or anything like that. I'm just worrying about getting outs."
Jimenez is 1-1 with 7.63 ERA in three starts against the Blue Jays. He allowed eight runs, two homers and walked four in 2 1-3 innings in his only previous appearance at Toronto, an 11-9 loss July 14.
Reyes, Bautista and Cabrera are batting a combined .161 (5 for 31) against the right-hander.
Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Dickey to help Terry Francona win his debut as Indians manager.
"It's great to get one for (Francona)," said closer Chris Perez, who faced four batters to earn the save. "There's a lot better feeling after (winning) opening day this time than last year. He's going to get a lot more wins here, but it's good to get the first one out of the way."
Center fielder Michael Bourn had two hits in his Cleveland debut. He's 15 for 30 in his last seven games against the Blue Jays.
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