|KANSAS CITY ( SANTANA )|
CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )
|913||KANSAS CITY||+110||Ov 8.5,-105||-110||Ov 7.5,-105|
|914||CLEVELAND||-120||Un 8.5,-115||+100||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-22||+6.1||19-28||4.2||0.268||0.316||3.6||0.250||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.2||3-3||4.6||0.257||0.311||2.4||0.230||0.312|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-22||+2.6||18-23||4.7||0.254||0.324||4.4||0.254||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||1-6||3.4||0.228||0.307||2.9||0.219||0.297|
|6/13/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||10-1||W||130||7.5 un||O||14||5||1||6||6||0|
|6/14/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||7-2||W||155||8 un||O||10||7||0||7||7||0|
|6/15/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-5||L||160||7.5 un||O||8||9||1||8||6||0|
|6/16/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-3||W||135||8 un||P||11||10||0||7||8||1|
|6/17/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||2-1||W||-130||8 un||U||7||8||1||6||11||0|
|6/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|6/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|6/4/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||3-4||L||125||9 un||U||4||5||1||8||7||0|
|6/5/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-6||L||165||8 ov||O||7||3||1||8||6||0|
|6/7/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||5-7||L||190||8 ov||O||10||7||2||12||7||0|
|6/8/2013||CARRASCO(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-6||L||170||9.5 un||O||5||5||0||12||10||2|
|6/9/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)||1-4||L||110||9 ov||U||6||6||1||6||6||0|
|6/10/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||3-6||L||130||10.5 un||U||5||5||1||10||7||1|
|6/11/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||5-2||W||155||9.5 ev||U||11||7||0||7||6||2|
|6/12/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||5-2||W||135||10 ev||U||10||8||0||8||9||0|
|6/17/2013||CARRASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-2||L||+120||8 un||U||6||11||0||7||8||1|
|6/18/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MASTERSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|6/24/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: HITTING: With Melky Cabrera gone, OF LORENZO CAIN will get first crack at leadoff and centerfield. If he falters, speedster JASON BOURGEOIS, vet MITCH MAIER and prospect WIL MYERS are waiting. Former Brewer YUNIESKY BETANCOURT will start at 2B and has good life in his bat for a middle infielder. OF ALEX GORDON may not hit for average, but his approach and power are there. DH BILLY BUTLER is rock solid, but it's fair to wonder whether his power will ever progress. 1B ERIC HOSMER has MVP-type upside, and he's on the verge of figuring out MLB pitching. OF JEFF FRANCOEUR still chases too many bad pitches, but the organization likes him and he still has some pop and speed. 3B MIKE MOUSTAKAS is too good for the minors, but he still hasn't caught up to major-league pitching. There's a good chance he finds his groove this year. C HUMBERTO QUINTERO will be the main backstop with BRAYAN PENA backing him up. Speedy SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR's bat hasn't caught up to his glove. |
STARTING PITCHING: K.C. once again hopes this is the year LUKE HOCHEVAR puts it all together. His velocity picked up late last year, allowing him to be more than a groundball guy. Lefty BRUCE CHEN's late-career renaissance continues. He'll be a reliable veteran arm in the middle of K.C.'s rotation again. FELIPE PAULINO has the biggest upside in this rotation. He's always had one of MLB's best fastballs. His problem was that, when he missed (which has been often), it was usually belt-high and over the middle of the plate. If he hits his spots as he did late last year, he's got potential. But Paulino will start the season on the DL with a sore elbow. The Royals hope to solve JONATHAN SANCHEZ's command issues. The lefty is a risk, but has legitimate No. 3 potential. Top prospect DANNY DUFFY will get every chance to pitch his way into the Opening Day rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOAKIM SORIA is out for the season with Tommy John surgery, leaving GREG HOLLAND to pick up closer duties. Holland was the Royals' best bullpen arm in 2011 and his stuff has always been nearly unhittable. It's just a matter of whether last year's vastly improved walk rate was for real. JONATHAN BROXTON was a disaster last season, but he'll be given every chance to become the No. 2 guy in this bullpen because of his experience in Los Angeles. AARON CROW was a first-round pick (twice) for his college career as a starter, but wore down late last year, and walked too many batters.
|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 (KANSAS CITY-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Royals-Indians Preview* ========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Kansas City (33-34) at Cleveland (34-34), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Kansas City's pitchers have sparked the team's return to the .500 mark.
Right at the head of that effort has been Ervin Santana, who will look to lead the Royals to a winning record for the first time in exactly a month with a victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.
"It's important to get to .500, but now it's more important to move past that," manager Ned Yost said.
Kansas City (34-34) has won 11 of 13 behind a pitching staff that has posted a 1.69 ERA during its run while holding opposing hitters to a .217 average.
"We've been playing good baseball and we're enjoying it," designated hitter Billy Butler said. "We're more confident now than we were when we started 17-10."
It was more of the same Monday, as the Royals held the Indians (34-35) to six hits. James Shields overcame four walks to allow one run in six innings, and the bullpen took care of the rest in Kansas City's 2-1 victory. Royals' relievers have allowed two runs over their last 37 innings.
Santana (5-5, 2.74 ERA) will look to win his third straight start. He hasn't walked a batter over his past two games and has the fourth-best strikeouts-to-walks ratio in the majors.
He failed to pick up a win for over a month as Kansas City tallied just nine runs over six of his starts - all losses for the team - but in his last two outings, the Royals have scored 17 to help Santana even his record. The right-hander surrendered five hits and an unearned run over 7 2-3 innings of a 10-1 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Before winning his last two starts, Santana's last win came against Cleveland on April 27, when he tossed seven scoreless innings with no walks and five strikeouts in a 3-2 victory. He's allowed one run over 14 innings to win his past two against the Indians.
Santana has held Cleveland's Carlos Santana to 3 hits in 14 at-bats, while Mike Aviles has yet to muster a hit against him in 10 at-bats.
Cleveland's once-prolific offense has struggled of late. After finishing third in the majors with 146 runs in May, the Indians are tied for 20th with 53 runs in June. Cleveland has yet to surpass six runs this month after doing so 10 times in May. Even second baseman Jason Kipnis saw his 10-game hitting streak, during which he batted .432, snapped in Monday's loss.
That's rough news for Ubaldo Jimenez (5-4, 4.79), who has received just 17 runs of support over his last six starts.
Jimenez went 12 starts without a win before allowing three hits over seven innings in a 9-0 victory at Kansas City on April 29.
"It felt really good," Jimenez said. "When I saw the run on my fastball, I said, `We have to take advantage of that.'"
Jimenez will want to be careful with Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who has tagged him for five hits, including two home runs, in 11 at-bats.
Cleveland will again be without first baseman Nick Swisher, who is dealing with a sore shoulder and is not expected back until Friday at the earliest.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:14:11 AM EST|