|KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )|
CLEVELAND ( KAZMIR )
|971||KANSAS CITY||+120||Ov 9,+100||+135||Ov 9,+115|
|972||CLEVELAND||-130||Un 9,-120||-145||Un 9,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-16||-7.6||9-15||3.3||0.233||0.280||4.2||0.256||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.3||3-4||3.0||0.224||0.286||4.9||0.275||0.335|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-30||+4.6||27-32||4.7||0.253||0.327||4.5||0.253||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.9||3-4||4.1||0.236||0.315||3.7||0.238||0.328|
|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||HUGHES(R)||5-1||W||135||9 ov||U||10||9||0||9||10||1|
|7/9/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-1||W||135||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||6||5||0|
|7/10/2013||DAVIS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||1-8||L||130||8.5 un||O||6||7||0||9||4||0|
|7/11/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-8||L||105||8 un||O||10||9||0||11||6||2|
|7/12/2013||CHEN(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-3||L||140||8.5 un||U||5||9||0||6||6||0|
|7/13/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|7/14/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|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)||6-5||W||-105||8.5 un||O||9||8||0||7||7||0|
|7/3/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-6||L||105||8.5 ov||O||6||5||3||11||7||1|
|7/4/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||7-10||L||130||8 ov||O||12||8||1||6||6||0|
|7/12/2013||KLUBER(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||3-0||W||-150||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||5||9||0|
|7/13/2013||KAZMIR(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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 (43-46) at Cleveland (48-44), 7:05 p.m. EDT
A struggling Jeremy Guthrie pitched well in his last start.
Whether he has made any permanent strides will be seen when he takes the ball for the visiting Kansas City Royals, who look to snap a three-game losing streak Saturday night against the Cleveland Indians.
Guthrie (8-6, 4.12 ERA) was 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA over a four-start stretch before allowing one run, six hits and one walk in 6 2-3 innings of Monday's 5-1 win at Yankee Stadium - his first victory since June 10.
Making Guthrie's outing even more impressive was that he had to handle a 59-minute rain delay, after a rain delay of greater than two and a half hours interfered with his previous start.
"Tremendous competitor," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "He showed it today - to endure an hour rain delay and go out and throw at the level that he threw."
The Indians might have finally figured a way around Guthrie toward the end of his last appearance against them. The right-hander had 11 2-3 scoreless innings against Cleveland this season entering the sixth inning on July 3. Jason Kipnis hit a three-run home run with no outs in the sixth, and Guthrie was charged with two more in the seventh, but the Royals (43-47) ended up rallying for a 6-5 win.
Their offense hasn't been nearly as productive lately, totaling five over the course of a three-game losing streak and plating five or less in each of the last eight.
Billy Butler is 6 for his last 43 (.140), a skid that began when the Indians held him to two hits in 11 at-bats in the series that began July 2.
All-Star Alex Gordon, who struck out with the bases loaded with one out in the fifth inning in Friday's series-opening 3-0 loss, is 2 for his last 17 (.118). Eric Hosmer, who arrived at Progressive Field batting .389 average with five home runs over a 13-game stretch, followed Gordon with a groundout as part of an 0-for-4 performance.
Cleveland's offense hasn't been much better. The Indians (49-44) have scored 16 runs over their last five games, but they've managed to win three of them behind a pitching staff that has a 1.96 ERA during that span.
The Indians recorded six hits Friday, but five of them came in a row to start the seventh inning. Carlos Santana, who entered Friday in a 3-for-18 slump, had an RBI single and Mark Reynolds, stuck in a 3-for-37 rut, followed with a bunt single. Michael Bourn, who entered 5 for his previous 29 (.172), tacked on a two-run double.
"Reynolds sensed something that could happen, and made a great play by bunting," Kansas City reliever Aaron Crow said. "That pitch to Bourn was down and in, almost on the ground, so that was just a great piece of hitting."
Scott Kazmir (4-4, 4.74) certainly didn't mind seeing those slumping bats awaken. The left-hander has received 18 runs of support as the Indians have lost five of his last seven starts.
Kazmir hasn't received a decision in his last two starts and hasn't been able to pitch deep. After giving up three runs in five-plus innings in the defeat in Kansas City on July 3, Kazmir gave up two runs in 5 2-3 innings in Monday's 4-2 loss to Detroit.
Gordon is 3 for 6 against Kazmir this season, and Butler is 2 for 4.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 5:01:51 PM EST|