|KANSAS CITY ( GUTHRIE )|
CLEVELAND ( MCALLISTER )
|917||KANSAS CITY||+115||Ov 8.5,-110||+100||Ov 8.5,-115|
|918||CLEVELAND||-125||Un 8.5,-110||-110||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-46||+8.3||41-54||4.2||0.267||0.321||3.8||0.259||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||3-4||4.1||0.290||0.332||5.7||0.284||0.330|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-46||+5.9||38-55||4.3||0.245||0.317||4.2||0.252||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.4||4-3||4.9||0.248||0.333||3.4||0.248||0.310|
|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)||3-4||L||-110||7.5 ev||U||10||7||1||5||0||1|
|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)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||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)||4-3||W||+100||7.5 ev||U||5||0||1||10||7||1|
|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||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|9/17/2013|| ||@ 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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Kansas City (75-68) at Cleveland (76-66), 7:05 p.m. EDT
After gaining ground in the playoff hunt, the Cleveland Indians are looking for more.
The Kansas City Royals, meanwhile, are hoping to avoid falling even farther behind.
The Indians go for a seventh straight home win over the Royals when these playoff hopefuls continue a three-game set Tuesday night.
Asdrubal Cabrera, Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana all homered and Cleveland (77-66) hung on for a 4-3 victory in Monday's opener. Chris Perez got Alex Gordon to fly out with the bases loaded to end the game as the Indians climbed to within 1 1/2 games of Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild-card spot and 4 1/2 of Central-leading Detroit.
"I had a stomachache. That's about as nail baiting as you can get," said manager Terry Francona, whose team has won five of six. "You try to be one run better. Tonight, I feel like we were a tenth of a run better."
The Indians have surrendered just 16 runs during their six-game home winning streak against the Royals (75-69), who fell four games behind the Rays and are seven in back of the Tigers.
"This ain't no time to feel snakebit," manager Ned Yost said. "It was a good game and we battled to the end. Tough loss, though. This was a tough loss. We just couldn't get it done."
Gordon finished 2 for 5 with a two-run homer, the 100th of his career. Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Jarrod Dyson each added two hits, but Kansas City went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
"This was a tough one, especially coming against a team that's right in it with us," said Gordon, hitting .326 with five homers, 15 RBIs and 17 runs in his last 20 games.
The Royals will try to get back on track against Indians starter Zach McAllister (7-8, 3.97 ERA). The right-hander has been knocked around following a career-high three-start winning streak, going 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA in his last two outings spanning 8 1-3 innings.
McAllister surrendered four runs in 4 2-3 innings Wednesday in a 6-4 win over Baltimore.
McAllister went 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA in two starts against the Royals last year. Mike Moustakas and Billy Butler are both 0 for 5 in their matchups, but Gordon is 2 for 6 with a homer and a double.
The Royals counter with Jeremy Guthrie (13-10, 4.19), who is 1-3 with a 5.11 ERA in his last six outings. The right-hander had allowed one run in each of his previous two starts covering a combined 12 innings before giving up five in six frames Thursday in a 7-6, 13-inning victory over Seattle.
Guthrie, 1-3 with a 6.60 ERA in his last five matchups against the Indians, has yielded five or six runs in all but one of those games. Nick Swisher and recently acquired Jason Kubel are a combined 22 for 62 with 14 extra-base hits - four homers - off Guthrie.
While Swisher is mired in a 5-for-26 slump (.192), two of those hits left the yard. Swisher is 7 for his last 45 (.156) with no homers and one RBI in his last 13 games against the Royals.
Santana, in contrast, is 19 for 47 (.404) with two homers, five doubles and 11 RBIs in the series this year.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 5:02:45 PM EST|