|CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )|
HOUSTON ( BEDARD )
|921||CLEVELAND||+100||Ov 9,-105||-105||Ov 9,+100|
|922||HOUSTON||-110||Un 9,-115||-105||Un 9,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-5||-1||6-2||4.6||0.237||0.297||5.6||0.238||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||5-2||5.6||0.264||0.346||5.0||0.251||0.308|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-7||-1.2||6-5||4.5||0.261||0.308||5.0||0.275||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||4-3||3.4||0.224||0.286||7.4||0.329||0.416|
|4/7/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||13-0||W||180||7 un||O||17||6||0||4||8||0|
|4/8/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||6-11||L||-120||8.5 un||O||9||10||1||13||5||0|
|4/9/2013||CARRASCO(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||1-14||L||+110||8 un||O||7||8||2||18||7||0|
|4/12/2013||MASTERSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||1-0||W||-145||7.5 un||U||3||4||1||5||4||0|
|4/13/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||9-4||W||+115||7.5 un||O||9||6||1||7||5||0|
|4/14/2013||MYERS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||1-3||L||+115||8 un||U||6||5||1||8||5||0|
|4/19/2013||MYERS(R)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||2-3||L||-115||8.5 ov||U||8||9||0||6||6||0|
|4/20/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ HOUSTON||HUMBER(R)||19-6||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||22||12||1||10||8||3|
|4/21/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)|| |
|4/22/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/26/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/8/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)||0-3||L||155||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||5||5||0|
|4/9/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||16-9||W||140||7 ov||O||22||10||1||10||6||0|
|4/10/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ SEATTLE||BEAVAN(R)||8-3||W||155||7.5 un||O||16||7||0||6||6||0|
|4/12/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||HANSON(R)||5-0||W||185||8 un||U||10||9||0||4||5||2|
|4/13/2013||HARRELL(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||4-5||L||175||8.5 un||O||4||3||1||13||8||0|
|4/14/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||1-4||L||190||8 ov||U||7||10||0||9||5||0|
|4/15/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||2-11||L||180||7 ov||O||8||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/16/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)||3-4||L||210||7.5 ev||U||6||6||0||8||7||0|
|4/17/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||5-7||L||175||8 un||O||11||5||1||11||8||0|
|4/25/2013||HUMBER(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||BEDARD(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||PEACOCK(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|4/28/2013|| ||@ 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.
|HOUSTON: HITTING: This season will mark Houston's final year in the National League. Look away, children, as the Astros launch into what is sure to be the crappiest victory lap in baseball history. Tiny 2B JOSE ALTUVE's jump from High-A to MLB starter says more about Houston's pitiful state than anything. He belongs in Triple-A. CHRIS JOHNSON won the starting 3B job as JIMMY PAREDES was optioned to Triple-A. Johnson was thought to have 25-homer power, but last year he slugged just .378. 1B CARLOS LEE is in the twilight of a very productive career. Backup 1B BRETT WALLACE seems to be in the twilight of an unproductive one. OF BRIAN BOGUSEVIC has a low ceiling. But he's one of only a few recent draft picks who will even contribute. OF J.D. MARTINEZ doesn't blame you if you haven't heard of him, but he's the team's best player who hits third in the lineup. SS JED LOWRIE was a nice little pickup for a mid-tier closer. But his platoon split is intense. C JASON CASTRO will probably play ahead of CHRIS SNYDER. OF JORDAN SCHAFER has yet to put things together; but he'll be starting in center on Opening Day. Fourth OF J.B. SHUCK is only 24, but doesn't have a whole lot of upside. |
STARTING PITCHING: WANDY RODRIGUEZ has been a durable, above-average starter for five years, yet every season his real-world team limits his wins. He'll be traded at some point this year. Don't shortchange BUD NORRIS. He's an underrated source of strikeouts, and has improved his command. J.A. HAPP really needs to cut down on his walk total. JORDAN LYLES couldn't legally drink until the second-to-last week of the season. He's in the big leagues way too soon. He's yet another young Astro who isn't terrible, but won't ever set the world on fire. KYLE WEILAND came from Boston with Jed Lowrie and should earn the final spot in the rotation. Texas-bred fireballer JARRED COSART, 21, is a legitimately exciting (but risky) prospect who Houston will probably rush up to the majors at some point this year.
RELIEF PITCHING: BRETT MYERS flummoxed the Astros' front office with a stinker of a season. He's probably closer to that pitcher than to the one who posted a career-best 3.14 ERA in 2010 at age 29, but he'll move the bullpen this year to get the rare opportunities to close out a game when this awful team is actually leading. WILTON LOPEZ was good in 2011, but was much better the previous season, when he may have been the most underrated reliever in the National League. Houston will go with him in the ninth if they want Myers to return to the rotation. BRANDON LYON has seen better days. He bombed early, then was shut down for good with a bicep injury. He intimidates nobody now.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Astros Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Cleveland (6-10) at Houston (5-12), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians are just trying to have fun.
Ubaldo Jimenez looks like he's having anything but fun on the mound.
After snapping their longest slide of the season with an offensive barrage, the Indians may need another big display at the plate Sunday, with Jimenez scheduled to start the finale of a three-game set with the Houston Astros.
Cleveland (6-10) broke out offensively Saturday, collecting 22 hits with seven doubles and three homers to pound the Astros 19-6, ending a five-game losing streak. The Indians, who plated 14 runs in the first two innings, were hitting .206 with 11 runs during that slide, which included Friday's 3-2 defeat to Houston (5-12).
"It was finally nice to go out there and relax and know we were in control of the game and just have some fun," said Mark Reynolds, who had two hits and four RBIs with three coming on a homer. "It's what we talked about before the game was just to have fun."
Jason Giambi was surely enjoying himself Saturday, getting a double, a homer and five RBIs in appearing in just his fourth game.
The Indians' bats may need to be productive again since Jimenez (0-2, 11.25 ERA) is 1-12 with a 7.27 ERA in 17 starts, dating to a win over Tampa Bay on July 7.
Manager Terry Francona doesn't care about what happened before he arrived this season.
"Last year is over," Francona told the team's official website. "You can't pitch for last year. It doesn't work. It just makes it harder. So we need to separate that, first of all. We need to figure out, 'What did he do good? What didn't he do good?'
"If you start going back to last August, then he's got no chance."
There hasn't been a lot going right for Jimenez over his last two starts, giving up seven runs in each while getting charged with the defeats.
The right-hander's latest outing was one of the shortest of his career, getting pulled with two outs in the second while surrendering two hits and five walks in a 7-2 loss to Boston on Tuesday.
"You're going to have challenges throughout the season. We knew that coming in," Francona said. "I just think we'd prefer to tackle them as opposed to running away from them."
Francona may feel better about Jimenez facing Houston since he's 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA in six career starts.
The Astros are hoping to see some improvement from Erik Bedard (0-1, 7.04), who is slated to take the mound for the first time since an 11-2 loss at Oakland on Monday.
The veteran left-hander managed one out while surrendering six runs, one homer and four walks. Manager Bo Porter isn't too worried, and that's due to Bedard tossing 7 1-3 scoreless innings over his first two appearances of 2013.
"He just didn't have it," Porter told the team's official website. "I didn't see anything wrong mechanically and there's nothing wrong physically. It was a classic, 'Just one of those nights.'"
Jose Altuve is among the AL's leaders with a .371 average after getting two hits Saturday. The second baseman is a staggering 8 for 15 over the past four games.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:36:50 AM EST|