|SEATTLE ( HERNANDEZ )|
CLEVELAND ( MASTERSON )
|915||SEATTLE||+100||Ov 7,-105||-110||Ov 7,-135|
|916||CLEVELAND||-110||Un 7,-115||+100||Un 7,+115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-18||-5.9||13-15||3.4||0.237||0.303||4.1||0.251||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||0||2-3||4.9||0.271||0.345||3.4||0.244||0.309|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-10||+5.9||10-12||5.0||0.266||0.341||4.0||0.237||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-4||4.0||0.241||0.331||3.9||0.252||0.309|
|5/5/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||2-10||L||155||9 un||O||3||6||0||15||8||0|
|5/7/2013||HARANG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)||1-4||L||120||8 un||U||5||5||0||7||4||0|
|5/8/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-1||W||-105||6.5 un||U||3||6||0||7||4||1|
|5/14/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-4||L||105||7 un||P||10||11||2||7||8||1|
|5/15/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||12-2||W||115||7.5 ov||O||16||9||0||8||6||1|
|5/16/2013||NOESI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||3-2||W||175||9 un||U||7||7||1||8||10||0|
|5/17/2013||MAURER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-6||L||145||9 un||P||10||10||0||7||3||0|
|5/18/2013||SAUNDERS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||4-5||L||145||8.5 ov||O||9||4||0||13||12||0|
|5/19/2013||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|5/20/2013||IWAKUMA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|5/21/2013||HARANG(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||MAURER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|5/10/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||4-10||L||175||8.5 un||O||6||1||2||15||8||0|
|5/11/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||7-6||W||230||8 un||O||12||13||1||7||6||1|
|5/12/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-3||W||130||9 un||U||8||9||1||9||9||0|
|5/13/2013||MASTERSON(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||1-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||7||0||4||6||0|
|5/13/2013||BAUER(R)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||0-7||L||-120||8.5 un||U||5||8||2||11||7||0|
|5/14/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||2-6||L||-125||8.5 ov||U||7||8||1||10||8||0|
|5/15/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||10-4||W||150||8 ov||O||11||6||0||8||5||0|
|5/23/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|SEATTLE: HITTING: C/DH JESUS MONTERO was brought over from the Yankees to hit in the heart of the order. At age 22, his offensive potential is scary. OF ICHIRO SUZUKI is entering the twilight of his career, but he might still have another .300 season left. 2B DUSTIN ACKLEY is the kind of line-drive hitter who fits well in Safeco, but he needs to catch up to MLB pitching. 1B JUSTIN SMOAK has disappointed, but he's making strides and has 30-HR upside. OF CASPER WELLS could play everyday. He won't hit for average, but has the power Seattle needs. MIKE CARP figures to at least grab early at-bats against righties. He'll strike out, but has lots of power. OF FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ is out for at least a month with a pectoral injury, but will reclaim his starting gig based on his defense. Seattle would love to see OF MICHAEL SAUNDERS step up to replace Gutierrez, but he's shown no signs of being able to handle MLB pitching. C MIGUEL OLIVO still has solid power, but he's an all-or-nothing hitter. 3B CHONE FIGGINS isn't quite done, but he's close. He'll have to battle line-drive hitting KYLE SEAGER for a job. SS BRENDAN RYAN will stick around for defense, but his bat is barely good enough for a regular gig. |
STARTING PITCHING: FELIX HERNANDEZ had a touch of bad luck last year, but he's one of the few pitchers in baseball who's a lock for 200 strikeouts. JASON VARGAS just keeps throwing strikes and letting his defense make plays. He'll get by fine again in spacious Safeco. BLAKE BEAVAN doesn't have a strikeout pitch, but he'll make few mistakes and get some outs thanks to a strong defense. HECTOR NOESI, who also came over from New York with Montero, isn't a big strikeout pitcher, but has good control and is savvy enough to get his shot in Seattle's rotation this year. 37-year-old journeyman KEVIN MILLWOOD will fill out the fifth spot in the rotation after a solid spring. Top prospect DANNY HULTZEN could break into the bigs in 2012. The lefty has the polish of a big leaguer right now, though his ceiling is more good-not-great.
RELIEF PITCHING: Like many rebuilding teams, the Mariners will continue to shop their closer. BRANDON LEAGUE will pick up saves in Seattle, but he's more of a groundball pitcher than a strikeout artist. He'd likely be ticketed for a set-up role elsewhere. If League is traded, the closer role is wide open. SHAWN KELLEY came back from Tommy John surgery late last year and looked as good as ever. If he picks up where he left off last year, he'd be an obvious choice for ninth inning duties. CHANCE RUFFIN, part of the Doug Fister trade, has a strong minor-league track record. He could carve out a big role in this bullpen if he can improve his command.
|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 (SEATTLE-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(DELETES reference of sweep in 3rd graph)
*Mariners-Indians Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Seattle (20-23) at Cleveland (24-17), 1:05 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians remain red hot after taking the first two of three against the Seattle Mariners.
They'll have to go through Seattle's ace if they want a 17th win in 21 games, but the Indians will also have their top pitcher on the mound.
Cleveland's Justin Masterson squares off against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners on Sunday at Progressive Field.
The Indians (24-17) have won 16 of 21 and 11 of 13 at home following two dramatic victories over the Mariners, 6-3 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday. Jason Kipnis, who delivered the winning homer in the 10th inning Friday, crossed the plate with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth in the latest game as Mark Reynolds hit into a fielder's choice.
That thwarted Seattle's comeback attempt, as the Mariners got homers from Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak off closer Chris Perez in the top of the inning.
Reynolds had been 3 for 23 over eight games before going 2 for 5 with his 12th homer and three RBIs on Saturday.
"We made it more exciting than it needed to be, but there is something to be said for being resilient," manager Terry Francona said. "Rather than feeling sorry for yourself when you get punched in the gut, we came back to win."
Masterson (6-2, 3.14 ERA) pitched his second shutout of the season and third of his career Monday, throwing a four-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees. He's the first Indian with two shutouts in a season since Bud Black and Greg Swindell did it in 1989.
"It's really just being able to win the game, whether it's 1-0, 1,500 to zero, it doesn't matter," Masterson said. "Guys were making great plays, that's what pumps you up as the game goes on. We're all in it together."
The right-hander has gone 3-0 with a 3.67 ERA in nine career games - six starts - versus Seattle (20-23), but he's given up 13 runs over 12 innings in his last two starts against them.
Hernandez (5-2, 1.53) has also been rolling, though he suffered a scare his last time out when he left after six innings against the Yankees on Tuesday after appearing to hurt his back while fielding a ground ball and throwing to second.
He was visited by trainers, who didn't seem to be overly concerned.
"I felt a pinch in there - nothing bad. Nothing serious," he told the team's official website after allowing one run and striking out eight. "I'll be ready for the next one."
Hernandez has not allowed more than one earned run in his last six starts.
He's gone 6-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 13 starts versus Cleveland. The right-hander has limited Nick Swisher and Asdrubal Cabrera to a combined 13 of 65 (.200), though Swisher has four home runs in 48 at-bats.
Masterson has also given a number of Mariners trouble, with Ibanez, Kendrys Morales, Smoak and Dustin Ackley going a combined 6 for 35 (.171) against him.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:42:57 AM EST|