|CLEVELAND ( MASTERSON )|
KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )
|** Doubleheader Game #1|
|973||CLEVELAND||-105||Ov 8.5,+110||+100||Ov 8.5,+110|
|974||KANSAS CITY||-105||Un 8.5,-130||-110||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-6||-1.4||3-7||4.3||0.252||0.333||4.3||0.246||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-4||5.1||0.269||0.338||3.9||0.226||0.313|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-5||+5.2||6-8||4.6||0.279||0.326||3.3||0.229||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5||3-4||4.1||0.261||0.326||3.1||0.228||0.301|
|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||0||11||8||3|
|4/21/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||5-4||W||-105||9 un||P||11||8||0||8||8||0|
|4/22/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-2||W||-120||8.5 un||U||6||6||1||5||6||1|
|4/24/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||125||7.5 ov||U||5||5||0||5||7||0|
|4/27/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-3||L||150||9 un||U||9||9||1||6||8||2|
|4/28/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SMITH(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/16/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||3-6||L||165||7 un||O||9||8||1||9||5||3|
|4/17/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||1-0||W||155||7.5 un||U||8||5||1||6||5||0|
|4/20/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||3-4||L||125||8 un||U||10||7||1||7||6||1|
|4/21/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-2||W||140||8 un||U||8||5||0||8||7||0|
|4/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||5-4||W||140||8 un||O||9||7||1||9||9||1|
|4/24/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||5-7||L||170||7.5 un||O||8||7||1||9||10||0|
|4/25/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||8-3||W||165||7 un||O||14||10||0||5||3||1|
|4/30/2013||SHIELDS(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||SANTANA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|5/2/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/3/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|5/4/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|5/5/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Royals Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Cleveland (8-11) at Kansas City (11-8), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The starting pitchers who will begin the first day-night doubleheader in Kauffman Stadium history will be chasing some of their own.
Jeremy Guthrie will try to tie a Kansas City Royals record with his 16th consecutive start without a loss, while Justin Masterson can become the first Cleveland Indians pitcher to earn five wins in April for a second time.
Kauffman has never hosted a day-night twinbill since opening in 1973, and Masterson (4-1, 1.85 ERA) and Guthrie (2-0, 3.86) will help kick it off as their teams continue a four-game series Sunday.
Guthrie hasn't lost since Aug. 3 and is 7-0 with a 2.60 ERA over his last 15 starts. By avoiding a defeat in this game, the right-hander would match Paul Splittorff's team record set Aug. 13, 1977-Aug. 22, 1978.
Guthrie nearly had his streak snapped in his most recent outing last Sunday, but Kansas City scored a run in the eighth inning in Boston and won 5-4 in 10. He gave up four runs over six innings.
"Guthrie wasn't his sharpest, but he did a great job of keeping us in the game," manager Ned Yost told the team's website.
Guthrie has gone 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in his last two starts against Cleveland, his former team.
Masterson became the fourth Indians pitcher to win at least five games in April in 2011, and put himself on the verge of an unprecedented feat with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday. No Cleveland pitcher has accomplished the feat twice, and only seven pitchers have reached five wins in April since 1969.
"He's good, and he's backing it up," manager Terry Francona told the team's website. "That's the biggest thing in our game, is being consistent and he's backing it up at a pretty high rate."
Masterson will try to deny the Royals their fifth win in six games, although he went 0-2 with an 8.25 ERA in two starts against them last season.
After Friday's series opener was washed out, Kansas City held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday. Cleveland's Michael Brantley hit a two-run triple with two outs in the ninth but Greg Holland struck out Jason Kipnis to end the game.
Salvador Perez hit his first home run of the season for the Royals (12-8), a two-run shot in the second.
The Indians (8-12) will give Corey Kluber (1-0, 1.80) his first start of the season in the nightcap. The right-hander gave up six runs over 4 1-3 innings in his only start against the Royals on Aug. 2, not getting a decision in a 7-6 loss.
Kansas City is expected to call up Will Smith from Triple-A Omaha to make his season debut Sunday. The left-hander was 6-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 16 starts for the Royals in 2012 and went 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in his three against Cleveland.
The Indians' Nick Swisher is 13 for 29 with two home runs and five doubles against Guthrie.
Kansas City's Alex Gordon is batting .407 (11 for 27) with three doubles, a homer and a triple off Masterson. Gordon has gone 8 for 18 with two home runs during a four-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 10/23/2014 6:25:58 AM EST|