|CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )|
BOSTON ( DOUBRONT )
|969||CLEVELAND||+115||Ov 10,-110||+125||Ov 9.5,+100|
|970||BOSTON||-125||Un 10,-110||-135||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||10-8||+3.7||11-6||4.8||0.266||0.318||4.6||0.240||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||4-2||5.9||0.267||0.326||6.0||0.279||0.353|
|vs Right-handed Starters||18-12||+2.3||16-12||5.0||0.265||0.340||4.4||0.227||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||0||3-2||4.9||0.246||0.337||4.1||0.246||0.314|
|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)||12-3||W||140||9.5 ev||O||16||11||0||7||6||1|
|5/24/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||1-8||L||110||9 un||P||4||5||0||9||3||1|
|5/25/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||4-7||L||175||9 un||O||11||8||2||11||12||1|
|5/26/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|5/27/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||KLUBER(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|5/14/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||3-5||L||120||7.5 ov||O||3||5||0||11||7||0|
|5/15/2013||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||9-2||W||115||7 un||O||10||4||0||9||9||0|
|5/16/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||4-3||W||130||8 un||U||4||6||0||7||12||0|
|5/17/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)||3-2||W||-140||8.5 un||U||10||11||0||4||5||1|
|5/18/2013||DEMPSTER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||12-5||W||-120||9 ov||O||13||6||0||12||13||0|
|5/19/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||5-1||W||-125||10 un||U||11||11||1||5||6||1|
|5/20/2013||LESTER(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||4-6||L||-145||9 ov||O||6||4||1||8||6||0|
|5/21/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||1-3||L||-105||9 ov||U||4||6||0||7||5||1|
|5/22/2013||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||6-2||W||-140||8 ov||P||9||10||0||6||4||0|
|5/29/2013||LACKEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||LESTER(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|5/31/2013||DOUBRONT(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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.
|BOSTON: HITTING: OF JACOBY ELLSBURY's 2011 breakout was no fluke. He has real power to complement his elite speed. 2B DUSTIN PEDROIA bounced back from a slow start to finish with career highs in HR and RBI. He benefits from hitting behind Ellsbury. 3B KEVIN YOUKILIS is a huge injury risk. His best seasons are behind him. 1B ADRIAN GONZALEZ wasted no time winning over Boston fans last year, and should hit even more HR in 2012. DH DAVID ORTIZ has put together two straight impressive years after being left for dead in 2009. 2011 Super Bust OF CARL CRAWFORD will bounce back, just not as much as most experts think. Most of the catcher duties will go to C JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA, with C KELLY SHOPPACH getting ABs against lefties. Right field will be filled by former Giants playoff hero CODY ROSS. SS NICK PUNTO replaces Marco Scutaro, who is now in Colorado. 3B MIKE AVILES is a solid hitter with the defensive flexibility to end up with semi-regular ABs. |
STARTING PITCHING: JON LESTER seems to have leveled off as a very good pitcher instead of ascending into an elite class. He lost some speed on his pitches and got hit a little harder in 2011. Coming off the best season of his up-and-down career, JOSH BECKETT's numbers are bound to regress a bit in 2012. Back problems limited CLAY BUCHHOLZ last season, and he lost some of the zip on his fastball. He'll tally a low ERA and 15+ wins if he can stay healthy. ALFREDO ACEVES was outstanding out of the bullpen last year, and will compete for a rotation spot this year. He was a starter for years in the Mexican League and the minors. Former setup man DANIEL BARD is being converted to a starter, but he may wind up back in the bullpen later on. After Tommy John surgeries, DAISUKE MATSUZAKA is due to return around July, while JOHN LACKEY won't be back until 2013.
RELIEF PITCHING: ANDREW BAILEY was a acquired from Oakland in December for a heap of prospects. He's one of the best closers in baseball, and may even be an upgrade from departed Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. Time will tell how he'll handle the increased scrutiny of playing in Boston. Coming over in a trade for infielder Jed Lowrie, MARK MELANCON was excellent as a closer last season in Houston and should be Bailey's main set-up man in the eighth inning. BOBBY JENKS has ninth-inning experience, but he will be out at least two months coming off a pulmonary embolism.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Red Sox Preview* =========================
By JUSTIN EINHORN STATS Senior Editor
Cleveland (27-20) at Boston (29-20), 1:35 p.m. EDT
With the Boston Red Sox lineup suddenly having injury problems, Dustin Pedroia is doing his part to keep the offense going strong.
The red-hot former MVP has been particularly impressive at Fenway Park and against the Cleveland Indians lately, trends he'll look to continue Sunday when the AL's wild-card leaders conclude their season series.
This four-game set marked Cleveland manager Terry Francona's return to Boston, and Pedroia helped it take a turn for the worse over the last two days with four hits and three RBIs in Red Sox victories. He had the go-ahead RBI double in a decisive four-run eighth inning of Saturday's 7-4 win.
The veteran second baseman is batting .406 in his last 17 games, recording at least a hit in all but one. He's driven in eight runs and scored eight over the past eight contests.
"He's a career hitter of over .300, so it's not like he's going to lack that consistency," manager John Farrell told the team's official website.
Pedroia has reached base more than half the time in his past 13 home games, batting .500 with seven walks. He has hit safely in all 14 games against the Indians since the start of last season, batting .411 with 14 RBIs.
He's a big reason Boston (30-20) has won 10 of 13 versus Cleveland (27-21), which has now failed to win eight straight series at Fenway.
"There were a couple of balls that were Fenway fly balls. I think the wind plays a factor, and The Wall. There's a lot of things going on out there," Francona said. "That's just a part of this ballpark."
The Red Sox have 15 runs and 20 hits in two games since placing Shane Victorino (hamstring) and Will Middlebrooks (back) on the disabled list. No other Boston lineup regular had been on the 15-day DL since David Ortiz returned April 20. Additionally, Stephen Drew may sit out Sunday due to back soreness.
Jose Iglesias has done a solid job filling in since being called up from the minors Friday. He singled and scored that night as he played third base, then had three hits and scored twice Saturday starting at shortstop.
The Indians' hottest hitters are Asdrubal Cabrera, 8 for 16 in the past four games, and Michael Brantley, batting .429 in his last seven.
Brantley was the only left-handed bat in Cleveland's lineup Saturday - Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis were used as pinch hitters - with Boston starting lefty Jon Lester. The Red Sox start another left-hander Sunday in Felix Doubront (3-2, 5.61 ERA).
He went 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA in four outings last month but has gone winless in four during May. However, since getting ripped for 12 runs and 23 hits over nine innings in the first two, he has given up four runs and eight hits in 11 innings.
"I think he's on to something with the adjustments he's made," Farrell said.
Doubront is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts against the Indians, including a 7-2 victory April 16 when he gave up two runs in five innings.
He'll be opposed by Corey Kluber (3-3, 5.19). The right-hander is coming off back-to-back quality starts but has gone 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA this month.
Kluber struggled in one inning of relief against Boston this year, giving up a run and three hits in a 6-3 loss April 17. His only start versus the Red Sox remains the shortest of his career, going 3 1-3 innings and yielding six runs in a 14-1 defeat Aug. 12.
It seems unlikely he'll provide much of a break for a Cleveland bullpen which has worked 23 2-3 innings in six games this week. The Indians have lost four of five as their relievers have compiled an 8.10 ERA.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:20:27 AM EST|