|MINNESOTA ( HERNANDEZ )|
CLEVELAND ( CARRASCO )
|963||MINNESOTA||+145||Ov 9,-120||+145||Ov 9.5,+100|
|964||CLEVELAND||-155||Un 9,+100||-155||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-32||+1.8||25-32||4.1||0.242||0.312||4.4||0.283||0.335|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||5-2||5.4||0.302||0.365||4.9||0.290||0.345|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-22||+6.6||20-25||4.8||0.255||0.328||4.3||0.254||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||3-4||4.6||0.245||0.347||3.3||0.245||0.305|
|6/9/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-7||L||180||7.5 un||U||3||8||1||14||8||2|
|6/9/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||KARNS(R)||4-5||L||115||8.5 ev||O||8||9||1||10||9||1|
|6/18/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-5||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||13||9||1||11||5||1|
|6/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||7-4||W||+130||7 ov||O||10||11||0||9||5||2|
|6/20/2013||DIAMOND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||8-4||W||-120||8 ov||O||15||8||1||10||8||2|
|6/21/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-5||L||115||9 ov||U||5||4||0||8||6||1|
|6/22/2013||WALTERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||7-8||L||140||9 un||O||13||11||0||12||9||0|
|6/23/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||DEDUNO(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||WALTERS(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||PELFREY(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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)||4-3||W||-105||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||7||8||0|
|6/19/2013||MASTERSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||6-3||W||-150||8 un||O||7||6||0||12||9||1|
|6/24/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BRITTON(L)|| |
|6/25/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/29/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Minnesota (33-37) at Cleveland (37-35), 1:05 p.m. EDT
It hasn't always been easy, but the Cleveland Indians have managed to find ways to win of late.
Trying for a fifth consecutive victory, the Indians look to complete a sweep of the visiting Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Michael Bourn had three hits with three RBIs as Cleveland (38-35) took advantage of five walks to score six times in the first inning, then hung on for an 8-7 win over Minnesota on Saturday.
Though the Indians have won eight of 10 since a season-high eight-game slide, it's been a challenge to succeed at times during the stretch.
They scored in bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 win over Washington on June 14; rallied from a pair of two-run deficits to beat Kansas City 4-3 on Tuesday and came back from two down to beat the Royals 6-3 the next game. Cleveland had to sweat out Saturday's contest which it led 8-3 after five innings.
"We won the game," Vinnie Pestano said after he converted his third straight save opportunity despite allowing two ninth-inning runs.
"That's the bottom line. If I go out there and give up five runs and we win by one, we win by one."
Bourn is batting .429 (9 for 21) in six games, including 5 for 8 in this series.
Making his return from serving a seven-game suspension for throwing at the New York Yankees' Kevin Youkilis earlier this season, scheduled Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 8.40 ERA) allowed a run and four hits in 7 1-3 innings but did not factor in the decision of a 2-1 loss to Kansas City on Monday.
Carrasco, who missed all last season while recovering from elbow surgery, is 0-7 with an 8.08 ERA in nine starts since his last win June 29, 2011. However, his latest performance provides a reason to believe that drought could soon end.
"That was what we were hoping for," manager Terry Francona said. "That kind of performance."
The right-hander has posted a 1.82 ERA while going 1-1 in four starts versus Minnesota (33-38), which looks to avoid a fifth straight road loss and first sweep of at least three games at Cleveland since Sept. 15-17, 2008.
Chris Parmelee had three hits, including two solo homers, Joe Mauer hit his eighth and Justin Morneau added two hits Saturday for a Twins team that swept the Chicago White Sox prior to this set.
"Nobody should be hanging their heads," said Parmelee, who had four hits in his previous 27 at-bats before Saturday. "Our pitching wasn't there at the beginning, but we went out and played extremely well.
"We've got a day game coming up, and we'll come back and get them (Sunday)."
Mauer is batting .391 with two homers and four RBIs in five games.
Scheduled Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey (3-6, 6.11) is 0-3 with a 5.95 ERA in eight starts since he allowed a run and four hits while striking out seven in six innings of a 4-2 victory at Cleveland on May 5.
The right-hander has not factored in his last three decisions, though the Twins won the last two. He gave up four runs and a season-high 10 hits over six-plus innings during Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Pelfrey has a 4.66 ERA in those three June starts after he posted a 6.66 ERA over his first 11.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:46:31 PM EST|