|MINNESOTA ( PELFREY )|
CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )
|917||MINNESOTA||+130||Ov 9,-110||+150||Ov 9,+100|
|918||CLEVELAND||-140||Un 9,-110||-160||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-12||+1.5||7-14||3.8||0.236||0.308||3.8||0.276||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||3-4||4.4||0.245||0.304||4.0||0.282||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-7||+1||6-7||5.2||0.283||0.355||4.1||0.233||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.8||5-1||7.6||0.357||0.403||3.3||0.207||0.294|
|4/21/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||5-3||W||135||8 ev||P||6||6||1||5||2||0|
|4/29/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||3-4||L||215||8.5 ov||U||6||3||0||7||5||0|
|4/30/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||1-6||L||230||8 ov||U||6||9||0||13||6||0|
|5/1/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||6-2||W||200||8.5 un||U||10||7||0||6||4||0|
|5/3/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||6-7||L||135||8.5 un||O||11||9||0||13||10||0|
|5/4/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||3-7||L||105||9 un||O||7||9||0||12||6||1|
|5/5/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|5/9/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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|
|5/10/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|5/12/2013|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|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 AL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Twins-Indians Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Minnesota (12-13) at Cleveland (13-13), 1:05 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians' winning streak began with Corey Kluber on the hill.
Now, he'll try to help extend it.
Kluber squares off against Mike Pelfrey as the Indians go for their first seven-game winning streak in two years in Sunday's series finale against the visiting Minnesota Twins.
After a slow start to the year, Cleveland (14-13) has started to hit its stride. The Indians have batted .373 and outscored opponents 53-14 during it streak. They last won seven in a row April 26-May 3, 2011.
The first of these victories came thanks in large part to Kluber (2-0, 2.25 ERA). In his first start of the season, Kluber scattered seven hits and struck out six over seven innings of two-run ball as Cleveland beat Kansas City in the nightcap of last Sunday's doubleheader.
Filling in for the injured Brett Myers, Kluber retired his final 10 batters.
"He was aggressive, especially in," manager Terry Francona told MLB's official website. "He was kind of moving guys off the plate and opening up the plate. Considering how much he's been bounced around and things like that, for him to do what he did is very impressive."
Francona was also impressed with Scott Kazmir, who threw six strong innings in Saturday's 7-3 win - earning his first big league victory since Sept. 19, 2010. Jason Kipnis and Nick Swisher gave him an early lead by homering in the first inning.
Swisher, who has three homers and six RBIs in his last four matchups against the Twins (12-14), had been held out the previous three games due to a sore left shoulder.
"You don't want to show up in the lineup and not pull your weight," he said. "These guys have been on fire. As soon as you get back in the lineup you have to do your part as well."
Kipnis, who drove in a career high-tying four runs Friday, finished with three hits and two RBIs. Also coming up big were Mark Reynolds and Ezequiel Carrera, who each went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The Indians went 5 for 7 with runners in scoring position and are batting .392 in such situations during their winning streak.
"It's about finding the outfield grass and getting the balls through," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's not about how you hit `em and how hard you hit `em. And they did that. They popped some balls, they rolled them through."
Cleveland will try to stay hot against Pelfrey (2-3, 7.66), who continues to get hit hard. The right-hander has posted a 10.06 ERA and a .388 opponent batting average in losing three of his last four starts.
He allowed one run over five innings before giving up a three-run homer in the sixth of Monday's 4-3 loss at Detroit.
"It's better than what I've done before tonight, but it wasn't good enough," he said.
While Pelfrey hasn't been able to get on track, Gardenhire believes it's only a matter of time.
"You're talking about a guy that's missed a year of baseball and coming back from elbow surgery," Gardenhire said. "It's a process. It doesn't just happen overnight. Tonight was a step forward. The one inning, he's obviously going to be very frustrated about, but that's a step forward."
Pelfrey will be making his first appearance against Cleveland. Swisher and Drew Stubbs are a combined 5 for 12 against him.
Kluber owns a 4.60 ERA but hasn't received a decision in three career starts versus Minnesota.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 1:22:40 PM EST|