|CLEVELAND ( MASTERSON )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRICE )
|921||CLEVELAND||+170||Ov 7,+100||+180||Ov 7,+115|
|922||TAMPA BAY||-180||Un 7,-120||-190||Un 7,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-2||-2||1-1||4.0||0.232||0.274||7.0||0.246||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||2-3||+0.2||1-4||3.0||0.218||0.284||4.6||0.211||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-2||-0.7||2-2||4.2||0.238||0.311||3.2||0.220||0.285|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||+0.3||3-2||5.0||0.274||0.329||4.0||0.238||0.297|
|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)||0-6||L||150||8 un||U||5||6||0||9||12||0|
|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|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/8/2013||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TEXAS||OGANDO(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Cleveland (2-2) at Tampa Bay (2-2), 1:40 p.m. EDT
Based on David Price's history versus Cleveland, the Tampa Bay Rays appear to have a fairly decent chance to hold the Indians scoreless in a three-game sweep.
A day after he was honored for his AL Cy Young Award-winning season of 2012, the left-hander looks to help the Rays shut out an opponent in three straight games for the first time in franchise history Sunday against the Indians.
Price, who initially received the award in January, was again presented with it in front of the home fans prior to Tampa Bay's 6-0 win over Cleveland (2-3) on Saturday. He went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA last year to edge Detroit's Justin Verlander for the honor.
In his 2013 debut Tuesday, Price (0-0, 3.00 ERA) gave up a two-run homer to Matt Wieters and six other hits, then left with a 3-2 lead after six innings before the Rays (3-2) suffered a season-opening 7-4 loss to Baltimore.
"He does not want to be good, he wants to be great," manager Joe Maddon told the Rays' official website. "And I love him for that. I think he handles it in the right way."
Price is in position to help the Rays make history after fellow starters Matt Moore and Alex Cobb keyed Tampa Bay holding the Indians to no runs and seven hits through the first two games of this series.
Dating to last season, Cleveland has managed nine hits while being outscored 16-0 in the last three meetings with Tampa Bay. That stretch began July 19, when Price allowed two hits and struck out seven in seven innings of a 6-0 home win.
Price, who has yielded six hits and fanned 19 over 14 straight scoreless innings against the Indians, is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in six career starts versus Cleveland.
The Indians have not been blanked in three straight games since June 12-14, 1991. They were held to five hits Saturday and none went for extra bases.
The Rays got three doubles - two by James Loney along with two RBIs - and a two-run homer from Kelly Johnson.
Evan Longoria, who went 1 for 3 with one RBI, has a hit in all five games while batting .368. Longoria has seven hits in his last 14 at-bats against scheduled Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (1-0, 1.50).
Since winning his first start versus Tampa Bay while with Boston in 2008, Masterson is 0-6 with an 8.37 ERA in eight outings against the Rays. The right-hander is 0-3 with an 8.20 ERA in five career starts at Tropicana Field.
Masterson, though, pitched well in his first start this year, giving up a run and three hits in six innings of a 4-1 win at Toronto on Tuesday.
Cleveland free agent acquisition Nick Swisher is batting .353 (12 for 34) versus Price, but he's 1 for 7 with three strikeouts in this series.
The Indians are likely to be without catcher Lou Marson, who left Saturday's game in the fourth inning with a cervical-neck strain suffered when he collided with Desmond Jennings.
"It was clean," Marson said. "He got me pretty good. He had nowhere to go. I had the plate blocked pretty good, but it's just my neck is a little sore."
Tests showed he did not have a concussion.
Jennings, who stole two bases Saturday, is 4 for 6 against Masterson.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 4:03:29 PM EST|