|SEATTLE ( IWAKUMA )|
CLEVELAND ( KAZMIR )
|963||SEATTLE||-110||Ov 8,+100||-105||Ov 7.5,-125|
|964||CLEVELAND||+100||Un 8,-120||-105||Un 7.5,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-5||+3.8||6-5||4.5||0.252||0.320||4.0||0.232||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.1||2-3||4.4||0.260||0.331||3.7||0.247||0.311|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-10||+6.9||10-13||5.0||0.266||0.340||3.9||0.233||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||2-4||4.3||0.247||0.323||3.4||0.237||0.297|
|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)||0-6||L||-110||7 ov||U||4||9||1||9||6||0|
|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)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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||KLUBER(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|5/27/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mariners-Indians Preview* ==========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Seattle (20-23) at Cleveland (24-17), 12:05 p.m. EDT
It's been 32 years since the surging Cleveland Indians swept a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners.
To pull off that feat, the Indians will have to figure out how to beat another one of the Mariners' top starters, Hisashi Iwakuma, on Monday afternoon.
Cleveland (25-17) jumped on Seattle ace Felix Hernandez early in a 6-0 win Sunday. The Indians scored five runs in the first two innings en route to earning their 17th victory in 21 games and 12th in their last 14 at home.
"We're loose and we're not holding nothing back," outfielder Michael Brantley said. "Everybody has smiles on their faces. We just want to make sure we enjoy this. We're playing great baseball right now and we just want to keep it up."
Brantley drove in four of those runs, three on his second home run of the season. The Indians are 7-1 against Cy Young Award winners this season.
"We just take it as a challenge," first baseman Nick Swisher said. "We've got that scrappy-type and gritty-type of team. It may not always be pretty, man, but somehow we're going to find a way to get it done. We just love coming to the ballpark right now. ... Things are rocking."
Cleveland will next face Iwakuma (5-1, 1.84 ERA), who now has the best ERA in the Mariners' rotation. The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in each of his last four starts and has pitched at least seven innings in winning each of his last three. He's also struck out 26 and walked only three over 27 innings in his past four games.
Iwakuma walked none and gave up two runs over seven frames in Wednesday's 12-2 rout over the New York Yankees.
In his only start against Cleveland, Iwakuma gave up one run over 5 2-3 innings but did not get a decision in a 3-1 win Aug. 22. This time, he'll try to prevent the Indians' first four-game sweep of the Mariners since Aug. 27-30, 1981, at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Cleveland has won five straight over Seattle (20-24) at Progressive Field, its longest home win streak in the series since a six-game run from 1999-2000.
Scott Kazmir (2-2, 5.33) will try to help keep that going while rebounding from his first loss in three outings. The left-hander gave up four runs over five innings in a 6-2 defeat in Philadelphia on Tuesday after posting a 2.65 ERA in his previous three games.
"I was just pretty much fighting myself all game. I never really got into a rhythm," he said.
Kazmir has allowed three runs over 12 innings while winning each of his first two home starts with Cleveland. He's 3-3 with a 3.27 ERA in nine career starts against the Mariners, but hasn't faced them since May 28, 2010.
Along with trying to deny Cleveland the series sweep, Seattle is seeking to avoid its first four-game skid since Sept. 28-Oct. 1.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 1:30:10 AM EST|