|CLEVELAND ( KAZMIR )|
MINNESOTA ( PELFREY )
|971||CLEVELAND||-115||Ov 9,+110||-120||Ov 9,+110|
|972||MINNESOTA||+105||Un 9,-130||+110||Un 9,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-30||+6.6||28-33||4.7||0.255||0.330||4.5||0.253||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||2-5||3.9||0.263||0.337||2.6||0.212||0.300|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-10||+0.5||10-8||4.4||0.258||0.319||5.2||0.286||0.334|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-1.8||2-5||3.6||0.233||0.276||3.7||0.268||0.351|
|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)||5-3||W||-145||9 un||U||9||7||0||8||8||0|
|7/14/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||6-4||W||-105||8 un||O||13||11||1||10||9||0|
|7/19/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)|| |
|7/20/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|7/22/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|7/23/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|7/24/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|7/26/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|7/5/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||0-4||L||165||9 un||U||7||7||0||10||8||0|
|7/6/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-0||W||185||9 ov||U||7||3||1||4||4||0|
|7/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||5-11||L||155||9.5 un||O||5||7||0||13||8||2|
|7/8/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-7||L||150||8.5 un||O||10||7||1||12||6||0|
|7/9/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-4||L||160||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||5||4||1|
|7/10/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-4||L||180||8 un||U||12||9||1||12||15||0|
|7/11/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||3-4||L||205||8 un||U||4||4||0||10||6||0|
|7/12/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-2||L||160||8.5 un||U||8||10||0||6||8||0|
|7/13/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||4-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||8||8||0|
|7/14/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||10-4||W||187||8.5 un||O||14||9||1||10||9||2|
|7/22/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|7/24/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/25/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|7/26/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Twins Preview* =======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Cleveland (51-44) at Minnesota (39-53), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Cleveland Indians again are right in the thick of the AL Central race, and they are convinced there won't be another second-half collapse.
Cleveland goes for a fifth consecutive victory Friday night when it visits the Minnesota Twins for the first time.
The Indians were three games out of first place and one-half game ahead of eventual division champion Detroit at last year's All-Star break, but they dropped 36 of 47 before Sept. 1 and finished just two games in front of Minnesota for the Central's worst mark.
"More than half of the team is new," first-year Indian Nick Swisher, batting .242 with nine homers and 31 RBIs, told the team's official website. "In that sense, you can't bank on what happened in the past."
Despite losing 16 of 20 from May 21-June 10, Cleveland (51-44) is just 1 1/2 games back of the division-leading Tigers after closing out the first half with a sweep of Kansas City.
"We like where we're at right now," said first-time All-Star Jason Kipnis, who had an RBI double in Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the NL.
Cleveland, winner of four of six against Minnesota this season, kicks off its six-game trip with Scott Kazmir (5-4, 4.60 ERA) on the bump.
The veteran left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.32 ERA in his last five outings after posting a 7.98 ERA in his first three June starts.
"I feel like I've been a little more consistent," Kazmir said after throwing 6 1-3 innings of two-run ball in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Royals.
Kazmir is 0-4 with a 5.31 ERA in eight starts outside Cleveland, but he's won both of his outings against the Twins (39-53) this season, yielding three runs in 13 innings.
He'll face a Minnesota team that's 12 games off the Tigers' pace. The Twins ended the first half with two road wins over the New York Yankees after losing 12 of 13.
"I believe we can run off a 10-game winning streak just like we ran off a 10-game losing streak (from May 14-24)," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Twins' official website. "It would be a lot of fun to turn this thing around and that's what my goal is."
However, Gardenhire's club could look much different in the coming weeks with general manager Terry Ryan actively looking to improve the Twins before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
"If you're just talking about finishing the year on a positive note, I don't think so," Ryan said. "We're talking about winning and getting into the postseason."
Minnesota gives the ball to Mike Pelfrey (4-7, 5.55) as it tries to avoid its first six-game home losing streak since a seven-game slide April 13-27, 2012.
The right-hander has delivered quality starts in both outings since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a back strain. He wasn't at his best his last time out, however, surrendering two homers and three runs in six innings of a 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay on July 11.
Pelfrey made his first career start against the Indians on May 5, striking out seven and permitting one run in six innings of a 4-2 victory.
Twins All-Star Joe Mauer, batting .478 during a six-game hitting streak, has hit safely in all six games of this divisional matchup in 2013.
Kipnis is 12 for 24 with a homer, three triples, three doubles, and 12 RBIs in those contests, but he's 0 for 3 against Pelfrey.
Minnesota went 6-3 versus Cleveland at home last season.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 3:15:59 PM EST|