|KANSAS CITY ( SANTANA )|
CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )
|963||KANSAS CITY||+100||Ov 8,-115||-105||Ov 8,-105|
|964||CLEVELAND||-110||Un 8,-105||-105||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-45||+9.4||41-53||4.2||0.267||0.321||3.8||0.260||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||3-4||4.1||0.281||0.321||5.3||0.285||0.339|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-46||+4.9||38-54||4.3||0.245||0.318||4.2||0.251||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.9||4-3||4.9||0.246||0.348||3.0||0.251||0.312|
|8/26/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||11-1||W||+105||9 ev||O||13||6||0||7||9||0|
|8/27/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||6-1||W||-155||8.5 un||U||13||10||0||4||5||1|
|8/28/2013||DUFFY(L)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||8-1||W||-120||8.5 un||O||13||8||0||6||5||2|
|8/29/2013||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DEDUNO(R)||3-1||W||-125||8 ev||U||6||4||0||5||4||0|
|8/30/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||2-3||L||-120||8.5 un||U||9||8||1||4||5||0|
|8/31/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||2-4||L||105||8.5 ov||U||8||8||1||10||6||0|
|9/1/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||5-0||W||-150||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||3||4||2|
|9/9/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||GUTHRIE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|9/13/2013||DUFFY(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||CHEN(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||SANTANA(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|8/27/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||0-2||L||120||7 un||U||6||10||0||3||2||0|
|8/28/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||2-3||L||-110||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||10||11||0|
|8/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||1-3||L||135||7.5 ev||U||7||6||0||8||5||0|
|8/30/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||2-7||L||135||9.5 ev||U||7||7||0||9||7||1|
|8/31/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||5-10||L||155||8.5 ev||O||9||5||0||15||9||0|
|9/1/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||4-0||W||150||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||11||10||0|
|9/6/2013||KAZMIR(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||8-1||W||-165||8 ov||O||10||8||1||7||5||1|
|9/7/2013||KLUBER(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||9-4||W||-165||8 ov||O||11||5||0||8||4||1|
|9/8/2013||SALAZAR(R)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||1-2||L||-250||8.5 ev||U||5||8||0||8||10||0|
|9/9/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|9/10/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|9/11/2013||KAZMIR(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/12/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|9/13/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|9/14/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|9/16/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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 (74-68) at Cleveland (76-65), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Wild card fever is beginning to descend upon Cleveland.
Two of the contenders for the AL's second wild-card spot meet Monday night as the Cleveland Indians open a critical three-game series with the Kansas City Royals.
Kansas City (75-68) moved within 1 1/2 games of Cleveland and 3 1/2 behind Tampa Bay for the final postseason position with a 5-2 victory over Detroit Sunday, its 11th win in 14 tries. Eric Hosmer backed Bruce Chen's strong start with three hits, including a three-run homer.
The Royals, who opened their series with the Tigers with a 16-2 loss, came back to win the final two.
"After that game, it was a bad feeling," said Hosmer, who is 15 for his last 36 (.417). "They just flat out beat us that day. Just to forget it as a team and bounce back like that shows a lot about the character on the team and pitching staff."
Cleveland (76-66) saw its four-game winning streak snapped by the New York Mets Sunday, 2-1, and fell two games behind the Rays.
"We took two of three in this series, you have to look at it that way," reliever Joe Smith said. "We come back on the horse tomorrow. We need to take care of business when they come in."
The fever has yet to take over the fan base, however, as only 13,317 fans came out to Sunday's game at Progressive Field.
"Of course we notice," Ubaldo Jimenez said Tuesday after pitching Cleveland to a 4-3 win over Baltimore. "It's definitely not the same when we have a big crowd, but what can we do? We have to go out there and compete."
Jimenez (10-9, 3.79 ERA) is as responsible as anyone for Cleveland's current run into contention. He launched the Indians' four-game winning streak with one of his best starts of the season Tuesday, scattering four hits over six scoreless innings in that 4-3 victory.
"He goes out there and gives us six shutout innings against that lineup," manager Terry Francona said. "That's exciting."
Jimenez is 3-5 with a 2.22 ERA over his last eight starts and has allowed one home run over his last 43 2-3 innings.
The Royals were batting .131 off Jimenez through three starts this season, but they got to him for four runs and eight hits in four innings July 14 before the Indians rallied for a 6-4 win.
Hosmer is 6 for 19 (.316) off Jimenez with two home runs, but Alex Gordon (4 for 20) and Alcides Escobar (3 for 21) have been less successful.
Kansas City gives the ball to Ervin Santana (8-8, 3.33), who struggled in his last start but has been outstanding lately against the Indians.
The right-hander lasted a season-low 3 1-3 innings against Seattle on Wednesday, allowing four runs, seven hits and three walks while failing to record a strikeout for the first time all season.
"I didn't have my best stuff," Santana said. "I'll get them next time. I didn't pitch the way I've pitched this year. I didn't have my fastball. My location was off after the second inning."
His control has been an issue lately, as Santana has averaged 3.26 walks per nine innings since the beginning of August after averaging 1.92 through his first 21 starts.
Santana is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in his last three starts against Cleveland, yielding one run and nine hits over 14 innings in two this year.
He's been especially tough on Nick Swisher (9 for 41), Asdrubal Cabrera (6 for 31) and Mike Aviles (1 for 13).
Cleveland has won five straight at home against Kansas City, posting a 2.40 ERA in those games.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:37:41 AM EST|