|PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )|
CLEVELAND ( BAUER )
|929||PHILADELPHIA||-165||Ov 8,-105||-135||Ov 7.5,-120|
|930||CLEVELAND||+155||Un 8,-115||+125||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-12||-4||11-10||3.7||0.247||0.300||4.7||0.264||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||4-3||3.9||0.233||0.285||4.6||0.247||0.308|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-6||+0.2||7-3||4.9||0.250||0.304||5.0||0.236||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||3-3||5.7||0.297||0.347||3.1||0.198||0.292|
|4/17/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||2-11||L||125||8.5 ov||O||6||3||0||15||5||0|
|4/18/2013||HAMELS(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||3-4||L||+105||7 ev||P||13||8||0||7||5||0|
|4/19/2013||HALLADAY(R)||ST LOUIS||GARCIA(L)||8-2||W||+110||7.5 un||O||10||4||0||2||2||1|
|4/20/2013||LEE(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||0-5||L||-140||7.5 un||U||3||5||0||8||6||1|
|4/21/2013||KENDRICK(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||7-3||W||-110||8 un||O||14||8||1||10||11||0|
|4/26/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||4-0||W||110||7.5 ov||U||8||5||0||3||4||0|
|4/27/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||9-4||W||120||8 ov||O||12||7||0||8||5||1|
|4/28/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-1||W||-120||7 un||U||9||7||0||3||8||3|
|4/30/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||2-14||L||-105||8 ev||O||5||5||0||17||4||0|
|5/1/2013||LEE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||LEE(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|5/7/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/8/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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)||9-0||W||140||9 ov||P||14||4||0||3||4||0|
|5/8/2013|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Indians Preview* ==========================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Philadelphia (12-14) at Cleveland (10-13), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians haven't found a true staff ace since sending Cliff Lee to the Philadelphia Phillies and are surely glad they haven't had to face him since doing so.
That finally changes Wednesday night.
Lee returns to the city where he turned into one of baseball's best pitchers and gets his first crack at the Indians, who have turned into an offensive juggernaut of late.
They're the only team he's never faced and the one with which he made his major league debut in 2002. Lee (2-1, 3.03 ERA) was a middle-of-the-road starter early in his career before a breakout 2008 season, going 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA to win the AL Cy Young Award.
In July 2009, with the Indians concerned about signing the soon-to-be free agent, they dealt Lee to Philadelphia (12-15) for four players. None of them have had much success in the majors, and only pitcher Carlos Carrasco and catcher Lou Marson remain with Cleveland.
Making the Lee deal look even worse, the Indians (11-13) have finished below .500 and no higher than 23rd in the majors in ERA every year since his last full season with the team. No Cleveland pitcher has won more than 13 games since he left.
Lee, meanwhile, has the majors' third-best ERA (2.90) since the start of 2008 and his 23 complete games in that span rank second.
One of those came in his last start at Progressive Field, defeating Seattle on July 16, 2009.
"It doesn't feel like it's been that long since I played here," Lee said Tuesday. "Tomorrow is just another outing, but it's going to be interesting and it's going to be neat."
The left-hander was 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in his first three starts this season but has allowed eight runs and 17 hits over 12 innings in his last two.
He'll be facing a red-hot Cleveland offense which has outscored opponents 33-5 while pounding out 45 hits - 18 for extra bases - during a three-game winning streak. That follows an 11-game stretch during which the Indians failed to score more than three runs nine times.
They opened this two-game set by hitting seven home runs - the most by one team in any game this season - en route to a 14-2 victory Tuesday.
Ryan Raburn became the first Indians player since Travis Hafner in 2004 to record two straight multihomer games. He's 7 for 8 with seven RBIs in that span. Raburn had one home run in his previous 87 games.
"Right now everything is clicking for me," he said. "I'm trying to ride this out as long as I can."
Mark Reynolds and Michael Brantley each hit a two-run homer Tuesday and have keyed the win streak, going a combined 12 for 25.
Reynolds, though, is 0 for 6 with five strikeouts against Lee and Raburn has gone 2 for 19.
Nick Swisher is 8 for 25 (.320), but he may miss a second straight game due to a sore shoulder.
While Lee has surrendered five walks through five starts, counterpart Trevor Bauer (0-1, 5.40) issued seven in his lone appearance for Cleveland this season. Bauer, though, yielded only two hits and three runs in five innings of the 6-0 loss to Tampa Bay on April 6.
The right-hander was sent back to Triple-A Columbus after that game with Carrasco returning from a suspension, and he may follow this outing the same way. Bauer, 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts at Columbus, is starting only because Cleveland is playing its sixth game in five days.
Bauer is 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA in five major league starts, walking 20 in 21 1-3 innings.
Philadelphia had a three-game win streak snapped Tuesday, but the bright spot was Delmon Young going 2 for 3 with a homer in his Phillies debut. Young, last year's AL championship series MVP with Detroit, had been on the disabled list as he recovered from ankle surgery.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:34:36 AM EST|