|CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )|
KANSAS CITY ( DAVIS )
|919||CLEVELAND||+120||Ov 9,+100||+130||Ov 9,+100|
|920||KANSAS CITY||-130||Un 9,-120||-140||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-7||-2.4||4-7||3.9||0.251||0.331||4.7||0.251||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||3-3||5.9||0.292||0.348||4.3||0.239||0.329|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-6||+4.9||8-8||4.7||0.278||0.329||3.5||0.241||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.1||5-2||5.3||0.262||0.342||4.0||0.257||0.321|
|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)||0-9||L||100||8.5 un||O||8||9||0||10||7||0|
|4/28/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SMITH(L)||10-3||W||125||9 un||O||14||7||0||8||6||3|
|4/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|5/6/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|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||0||10||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||MENDOZA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|5/2/2013||SANTANA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|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* ========================
Cleveland (8-12) at Kansas City (12-8), 8:10 p.m. EDT
After each team took turns in coming up with big efforts at the plate in a doubleheader split, it could be time for the Kansas City Royals to do so in Monday night's series finale with the Cleveland Indians.
The Royals try to add to the woes of beleaguered Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez when these teams complete a four-game set at Kauffman Stadium.
Friday's rainout created Sunday's doubleheader, with Kansas City (13-9) winning 9-0 in the opener before Cleveland (9-13) bounced back with a 10-3 rout in the nightcap.
The winless Jimenez (0-2, 10.06 ERA) has had a full week off to try to fix his problems since yielding four runs in five-plus innings in last Sunday's 5-4 victory at Houston.
That effort marked improvement after the right-hander allowed seven runs in each of his previous two outings.
Jimenez is allowing left-handers to bat .316 with all four home runs against him while right-handed hitters are just 4 for 24 (.167).
There is hope for him Monday since he has fared well versus several Royals regulars, with Jeff Francoeur 5 for 27 against him, Alcides Escobar 2 for 13, Billy Butler 3 for 12 and Alex Gordon 2 for 12.
Jimenez is 2-2 with a 4.43 ERA in four career starts against Kansas City.
Wade Davis (2-1, 3.20) will start Monday for the Royals after he was tagged for seven runs over 3 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 7-5 loss at Detroit. He entered that outing with 12 consecutive scoreless innings.
The right-hander has posted a 2.70 ERA in winning both career starts against the Indians, back in 2010 while with Tampa Bay. Davis made four relief appearances against them last year, allowing two runs over 5 1-3 innings.
He has limited Mark Reynolds to three hits in 15 at-bats, although two were home runs. Nick Swisher is 2 for 13 against Davis.
Reynolds is 3 for 12 in this series and Swisher is 2 for 9, but Carlos Santana is 7 for 13.
Former Royals infielder Mike Aviles hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high five RBIs in the second game while Santana added four hits as Cleveland went 4 for 9 with runners in scoring position after going 0 for 8 in the opener.
"That's why it's game to game," manager Terry Francona said. "We got leadoff runners on and we kind of go down the line. We got a lead, which also helps, and then we added on."
The Royals committed three errors that helped lead to four unearned runs as their three-game win streak ended.
"We played crummy," manager Ned Yost said. "We didn't play good. We didn't play good defensively. We didn't make smart decisions on the base paths. It happens. You have games like this. The important thing is you forget it and come back tomorrow ready to go."
Gordon went 10 for 26 with three homers and eight RBIs in a six-game span before going hitless in four at-bats in Sunday's nightcap.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 10:49:12 AM EST|