|CLEVELAND ( BAUER )|
TAMPA BAY ( COBB )
|975||CLEVELAND||+155||Ov 8,+100||+150||Ov 8,+100|
|976||TAMPA BAY||-165||Un 8,-120||-160||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-0||+3.2||0-2||3.5||0.227||0.310||1.5||0.138||0.233|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||+1.2||1-3||3.7||0.229||0.293||4.2||0.192||0.271|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-1.7||2-1||3.7||0.220||0.253||4.3||0.235||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||-0.7||3-1||4.7||0.270||0.292||5.0||0.254||0.309|
|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)||3-2||W||160||9 un||U||10||10||0||5||5||1|
|4/4/2013||MYERS(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||8-10||L||175||9 ov||O||14||10||2||9||6||1|
|4/5/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||0-4||L||145||7.5 un||U||2||4||1||7||3||0|
|4/6/2013||BAUER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|4/7/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/8/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||MYERS(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/8/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||()|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: HITTING: OF DESMOND JENNINGS' on-base skills will lead to tons of runs and SBs despite his mediocre batting average. 2B BEN ZOBRIST bounced back from a disappointing 2010, and will continue to produce near the top of the batting order. Though a series of nagging injuries plagued his 2011 season, 3B EVAN LONGORIA slugged 17 HR in his last 53 games. Fully healthy this season, he'll be an elite power-hitter with double-digit SB potential. OF B.J. UPTON's days in Tampa may be numbered. He's an elite athlete, but he just might lose his head if he's traded into a tough situation. After a hot start, OF MATT JOYCE settled in as the productive hitter he is. He should get to play every day in right field. SSs SEAN RODRIGUEZ and REID BRIGNAC will battle for ABs but neither hits on a consistent basis. C JOSE MOLINA was acquired for his defense much more than his hitting. DH LUKE SCOTT can also play some 1B when slugger CARLOS PENA, who is returning to Tampa after hitting 28 homers for the Cubs in 2011, needs a rest. |
STARTING PITCHING: DAVID PRICE was a little more hittable than in 2010, but he increased his already-high strikeout rate while cutting back on walks. His win total should rise from a disappointing 12 last year. JAMES SHIELDS put his 2010 disaster season behind him and became a Cy Young candidate. His peripheral stats and skills weren't all that different the past two years, it was a big swing of luck. Some people are putting out the Bust Alert on Rookie of the Year JEREMY HELLICKSON. He had the league's luckiest batting average on balls in play (.217), but he improved as last season progressed. MATT MOORE may be this year's R.O.Y. after a dominant late-season call up. He'll be among the league leaders in strikeouts for years to come. WADE DAVIS is a mediocre pitcher who eats innings at the back of the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: KYLE FARNSWORTH looked as strong as he has in years, converting 25 of 31 saves in his first season with the Rays. He's the closer again this year, but it won't take much for him to lose that job after an unsteady last third of the 2011 season. JOEL PERALTA may overtake Farnsworth for ninth-inning duties at some point this season. Peralta was 5-for-5 on saves in September when Farnsworth was hurt, and gave up only one run in his final 21.3 innings. Possible future closer JAKE McGEE progressed nicely after a tough start to 2011. He's got potentially lethal stuff. Former Angels hurler FERNANDO RODNEY is looking to bounce back after a wild season (28 walks, 26 strikeouts in 32 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Rays Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Cleveland (2-1) at Tampa Bay (1-2), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Tampa Bay Rays won the opener of this three-game set behind an impressive effort from one of the game's most promising young pitchers.
Rays fans have plenty of reasons to be excited about Alex Cobb, too.
Looking to build on Matt Moore's performance, Cobb takes the mound for his season debut as the Rays host the Cleveland Indians, who try to avoid a third straight loss Saturday night.
Moore appeared in midseason form during Friday's 4-0 win, striking out eight over six innings of two-hit ball. Tampa Bay's bullpen, which had compiled a 10.13 ERA over the first three games, followed with three perfect innings as the Rays (2-2) held Cleveland (2-2) off the basepaths after the fourth.
"It feels good for us to have a combined shutout like that," Moore said. "It's something we really work towards every game, and to have the first one of the year on my night feels nice."
The Rays now turn to Cobb, who enters 2013 with high expectations after compiling a 7-1 record and 3.09 ERA over his final 11 starts last year. The right-hander also turned heads in six spring training, posting a 2.81 ERA and striking out 28 over 25 2-3 innings.
"Cobb has been Cy Young himself," reigning AL Cy Young Award winner David Price said. "Cobb's been pitching the ball extremely well for us, hopefully he can just keep his confidence going throughout the regular season."
Cobb, who went 11-9 with a 4.03 ERA in 2012, has to be excited about debuting at home. He went 4-1 with a 1.75 ERA over five outings there down the stretch last season.
Cobb went 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA over two July starts against the Indians. He has held Cleveland newcomers Mike Aviles and Mark Reynolds hitless in a combined 11 at-bats.
Cobb faces an Indians team that, aside from an 8-for-17 effort with runners in scoring position during Thursday's 10-8 loss at Toronto, has gone 3 for 27 in such situations in its other three games, including 0 for 5 on Friday.
Cleveland will get a chance to see what it has in highly regarded 22-year-old Trevor Bauer. Acquired from Arizona as part of a three-team trade in December, Bauer will be called up to start in place of former Rays ace Scott Kazmir, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained rib cage.
Bauer was knocked around in four major league starts last year, going 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA. The right-hander struck out 17 over 16 1-3 innings but issued 13 walks.
"There's a pretty bright future, a lot to like," manager Terry Francona said. "With most young pitchers, consistency of command is probably the thing that comes last. (He's) got tremendous arm speed, got a really good change-up."
With Carlos Carrasco expected to return from suspension next week, Bauer will be sent back down to Triple-A Columbus following Saturday's start.
Bauer will need to be wary of Ben Zobrist, who's gone 7 for 15 with a homer and seven RBIs thus far. The right fielder stayed hot Friday with two doubles and three RBIs.
"He went to the WBC, and I think that's a real important part of his start right now," manager Joe Maddon said. "He really takes that kind of thing seriously, so he came to camp ready to play."
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 1:34:43 PM EST|