|CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )|
KANSAS CITY ( MENDOZA )
|917||CLEVELAND||+100||Ov 9,-105||+100||Ov 9,+110|
|918||KANSAS CITY||-110||Un 9,-115||-110||Un 9,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-24||+7||21-28||4.7||0.255||0.328||4.3||0.254||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.8||3-4||6.6||0.297||0.366||5.3||0.274||0.333|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-27||+4||23-32||4.3||0.270||0.319||3.8||0.251||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||3-4||5.0||0.297||0.340||4.7||0.262||0.337|
|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)||5-2||W||140||9.5 ov||U||9||9||0||9||9||0|
|6/25/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-6||L||115||9.5 un||U||6||7||0||6||2||0|
|6/26/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||4-3||W||135||9.5 un||U||6||6||1||4||3||0|
|6/27/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||3-7||L||125||9.5 un||O||10||7||2||11||4||0|
|6/28/2013||BAUER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||19-10||W||110||9 un||O||21||11||1||13||8||1|
|6/28/2013||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||9-8||W||115||9 ov||O||12||5||0||13||11||0|
|6/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||4-3||W||-120||9 un||U||9||4||0||11||11||0|
|6/30/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||4-0||W||125||7.5 un||U||10||7||0||6||3||0|
|7/2/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/6/2013|| ||DETROIT||ALVAREZ(L)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||TORONTO|| || |
|6/18/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-4||L||-105||7.5 un||U||7||8||0||6||5||1|
|6/19/2013||MENDOZA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-6||L||140||8 un||O||12||9||1||7||6||0|
|6/21/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||1-9||L||-135||8.5 ov||O||3||2||1||11||7||0|
|6/22/2013||DAVIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||-120||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||9||8||0|
|6/23/2013||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-6||W||-190||8 ev||O||12||8||0||11||10||2|
|6/27/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||1-3||L||125||9 ov||U||7||7||1||6||4||0|
|6/28/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)||9-3||W||-135||8 ov||O||11||2||0||10||9||0|
|6/29/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||2-6||L||105||8.5 un||U||10||9||0||9||5||0|
|6/30/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||9-8||W||-110||8 ov||O||13||6||2||9||9||0|
|7/8/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ 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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Royals Preview* ========================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
Cleveland (44-38) at Kansas City (38-41), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians open their July schedule someplace they haven't been in nearly six weeks - alone atop the AL Central.
The surging Indians look to extend their winning streak to five games in Tuesday night's series opener against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
After opening June 1-8, Cleveland (44-38) closed the month with 14 wins in 19 games to pull within percentage points of Detroit for the division lead. With the Tigers losing Monday, the idle Indians moved into sole possession of first place for the first time since May 23.
Jason Kipnis has been instrumental to the tear, batting .419 with 25 RBIs, 12 doubles and a .517 on-base percentage in 29 June games. He was given the day off in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox, which capped a four-game sweep, to give him extra rest heading into a stretch of 13 straight days with games leading into the All-Star break.
The rest seems to come at an opportune time as Kipnis has had trouble with Kansas City pitching.
The AL Player of the Week is 20 for 40 with 17 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak since going 0 for 4 against the Royals (38-41) on June 17. He is 3 for 17 in his last five games in the series.
Despite Kipnis' struggles, the Indians have won four of five against the Royals, plating 29 runs in those victories. Mike Aviles has eight RBIs in those games, while Michael Brantley has driven in four and scored six times.
Brantley hit a solo homer against scheduled starter Luis Mendoza (2-4, 4.16 ERA) on June 19. The right-hander gave up four runs in five innings of a 6-3 loss.
Mendoza permitted two runs in 6 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 4-3, 10-inning win over Atlanta. It was the fifth time in seven starts he yielded two runs or fewer.
Mendoza is still seeking his first home win of the season despite a 2.35 ERA in his last four starts in Kansas City.
The Royals return home after beating Minnesota 9-8 on Sunday to split a four-game set.
David Lough hit three doubles and a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and Eric Hosmer added a solo homer in the ninth for Kansas City, which scored at least four runs for the fourth time in 12 games.
"We've never lost confidence as an offense," said Hosmer, who is 6 for 12 with three home runs in the last three games. "We always knew we had the potential to put up days like this."
The Royals, last in the AL with 49 homers, haven't had much offense to speak of in their last five contests against the Indians, totaling 11 runs with a .224 average and no homers.
Scheduled starter Corey Kluber (6-5, 4.16) was on the mound for one of those games, giving up two runs in seven innings of a 10-3 win April 28.
After posting a 1.66 ERA over a three-start winning streak, Kluber was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings in Thursday's 7-3 loss at Baltimore. Most of the damage came in the fifth inning when he surrendered five runs and six hits.
"I didn't feel like there was a lot of bad pitches," the right-hander said, "just the ones that I did make ended up kind of not being in the best situations for us."
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 2:35:50 PM EST|