|CLEVELAND ( JIMENEZ )|
MINNESOTA ( DIAMOND )
|973||CLEVELAND||-190||Ov 8,-105||-235||Ov 8,-105|
|974||MINNESOTA||+180||Un 8,-115||+215||Un 8,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||35-21||+16.4||32-23||5.1||0.270||0.336||4.1||0.242||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||5-2||6.9||0.309||0.368||3.0||0.255||0.307|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-73||-4.7||53-65||3.8||0.239||0.306||4.8||0.283||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.2||3-4||3.6||0.274||0.345||6.0||0.292||0.350|
|9/15/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||7-1||W||115||7.5 un||O||10||7||0||7||6||0|
|9/16/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-7||L||135||7.5 un||O||7||9||2||14||11||0|
|9/17/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||5-3||W||-105||8 ov||P||8||8||0||9||10||2|
|9/18/2013||SALAZAR(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||2-7||L||-105||7.5 ov||O||5||4||1||10||8||1|
|9/24/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||5-4||W||-200||7.5 un||O||9||6||0||9||9||1|
|9/25/2013||SALAZAR(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||7-2||W||-290||7 ev||O||9||6||0||8||7||2|
|9/26/2013||MCALLISTER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||6-5||W||-145||8 ov||O||11||9||0||13||12||2|
|9/27/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HERNANDEZ(L)||12-6||W||-185||8.5 ov||O||17||8||0||11||6||0|
|9/28/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DE VRIES(R)||5-1||W||-190||8.5 un||U||7||4||0||6||6||0|
|9/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|9/15/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||6-4||W||+200||7.5 un||O||10||5||1||6||8||0|
|9/16/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||1-12||L||110||8.5 un||O||8||10||0||13||7||1|
|9/17/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-4||L||135||7.5 ov||U||10||10||0||11||11||3|
|9/18/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-3||W||130||8.5 ov||U||7||4||1||6||4||0|
|9/19/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ OAKLAND||STRAILY(R)||6-8||L||187||7.5 un||O||10||10||0||11||7||2|
|9/20/2013||ALBERS(L)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)||0-11||L||190||7.5 un||O||6||7||4||11||3||0|
|9/21/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)||1-9||L||225||8 ov||O||6||4||2||16||9||0|
|9/22/2013||DE VRIES(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||7-11||L||230||8 un||O||12||7||0||11||6||1|
|9/28/2013||DE VRIES(R)||CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-5||L||+180||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||7||4||0|
|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 JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Cleveland (90-70) at Minnesota (66-94), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Cleveland's 20 wins this month mark its best total in almost 20 years.
With one more, the Indians will host the wild-card game.
With at least a share of the AL wild card already assured, the visiting Indians seek a 10th straight win in Sunday's season finale against the Minnesota Twins.
"We want to keep this roll going," Nick Swisher said after Saturday's 5-1 win. "This is so much fun."
If Cleveland (91-70) loses and Tampa Bay and Texas both win Sunday, the ensuing three-way tie would result in a one-game playoff between Tampa Bay and Cleveland at Progressive Field on Monday. The winner would get one wild card with the loser playing a win-or-go-home contest at Texas on Tuesday.
A win Sunday, though, means the Indians host the wild-card game on Wednesday.
"For all we've been through, I'd love to play a game in Cleveland," manager Terry Francona told the team's official website. "I think that would be really rewarding for the fans."
Five of Cleveland's 20 wins in September - the franchise's most in a month since August 1995 - have come with Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 3.38 ERA) on the mound.
Boasting a 1.76 ERA since July 28, the right-hander has been even better in September, going 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five starts. He couldn't pick up the win Tuesday, despite holding the Chicago White Sox to two runs in 6 1-3 innings of Cleveland's 5-4 comeback victory. He struck out seven, and is averaging 11.14 strikeouts per nine innings over his last eight starts.
Jimenez has generally fared well against the Twins, posting a 3.21 ERA in five starts. He held them to two runs in six innings of a 5-1 loss on Aug. 23.
Josh Willingham (3 for 18) and Ryan Doumit (2 for 11) have struggled against Jimenez.
The Twins turn to Scott Diamond (6-12, 5.54), who has allowed at least three runs in four straight starts and 17 of 23 this season. A trip to the minors hardly helped, as he is 1-2 with a 5.71 ERA in three starts since his return. Tuesday marked another hiccup for the left-hander, as he allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 4-2 loss to Detroit.
"Everything kind of just comes in clumps for me," Diamond said. "That's just the way it's been this season. I've been consistently bad for one inning."
A three-run fifth knocked Diamond out of 7-1 loss to Cleveland on July 21, when he allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings.
His 3.53 strikeouts per nine innings are the lowest of any pitcher with at least 125 innings thrown. He has eight over 41 2-3 innings in his last eight starts.
With a loss, Minnesota (66-95) would have at least 96 defeats in three straight years for the first time in franchise history.
"I had more than one of them come up and apologize to me," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I don't need that. I know what they're giving me. They're giving me a lot. I appreciate the efforts and they don't have to apologize for anything."
Cleveland's Carlos Santana has two home runs and five doubles over a six-game hitting streak.
Jason Kipnis is 11 for 24 (.458) over a six-game streak of his own. He is also batting .423 with 24 RBIs in 18 games against Minnesota this season.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:15:55 AM EST|