|CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( QUINTANA )
|971||CLEVELAND||-145||Ov 7.5,+105||-145||Ov 7.5,+125|
|972||CHI WHITE SOX||+135||Un 7.5,-125||+135||Un 7.5,-145|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-4||-5.9||2-4||3.8||0.212||0.300||0.283||0.583||4.2||0.233||0.299||0.383||0.682|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1.4||4-3||6.3||0.307||0.375||0.475||0.850||4.9||0.277||0.343||0.422||0.765|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-6||-0.8||3-6||2.6||0.184||0.230||0.278||0.508||4.0||0.225||0.308||0.420||0.728|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+3.2||3-4||3.4||0.225||0.265||0.360||0.625||4.1||0.262||0.331||0.446||0.777|
|4/7/2017||TOMLIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILLER(R)||3-7||L||-130||10 un||P||6||8||0||11||8||1|
|4/8/2017||BAUER(R)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)||2-11||L||-110||9.5 un||O||7||4||0||15||6||0|
|4/9/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||2-3||L||-180||9.5 un||U||7||9||1||8||6||3|
|4/11/2017||CARRASCO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||2-1||W||-285||8.5 ev||U||5||8||0||6||4||1|
|4/12/2017||SALAZAR(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||1-2||L||-240||8 ov||U||3||7||1||4||5||1|
|4/13/2017||TOMLIN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||4-10||L||-170||8 ev||O||12||11||0||15||9||0|
|4/17/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||3-1||W||-145||8.5 un||U||9||10||0||9||12||1|
|4/18/2017||TOMLIN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||11-4||W||-125||9 un||O||12||5||3||11||8||1|
|4/20/2017||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)||6-2||W||-105||8.5 un||U||11||11||0||4||7||0|
|4/21/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|4/22/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|4/23/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|4/11/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||1-2||L||245||8.5 ev||U||6||4||1||5||8||0|
|4/12/2017||HOLLAND(L)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-1||W||220||8 ov||U||4||5||1||3||7||1|
|4/13/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||10-4||W||160||8 ev||O||15||9||0||12||11||0|
|4/14/2017||COVEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)||2-1||W||150||9 ov||U||7||5||0||6||7||0|
|4/15/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)||0-6||L||105||7 ov||U||1||2||0||11||10||0|
|4/16/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTIAGO(L)||3-1||W||130||9.5 ev||U||10||9||0||7||9||0|
|4/17/2017||HOLLAND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||4-7||L||145||8.5 ov||O||11||6||2||10||3||0|
|4/18/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||4-1||W||180||7.5 un||U||3||0||1||4||4||1|
|4/19/2017||COVEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||1-9||L||220||8 un||O||6||6||1||11||3||0|
|4/24/2017||GONZALEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|4/25/2017||COVEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|4/26/2017||QUINTANA(L)||KANSAS CITY||KARNS(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||@ DETROIT|| || |
|CLEVELAND: 2016: 94-67, first place, AL champions, lost to Chicago Cubs in World Series.
Manager: Terry Francona (fifth season).
He's Here: 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Austin Jackson, LHP Boone Logan, RHP Carlos Frias, OF Wily Mo Pena, CF Bradley Zimmer, SS Eric Stamets.
He's Outta Here: 1B-DH Mike Napoli, OF Coco Crisp, OF Rajai Davis, C Chris Gimenez, 1B Jesus Aguilar, OF Marlon Byrd, RHP Jeff Manship.
Projected lineup: SS Francisco Lindor (.301, 15 HRs, 78 RBIs, Gold Glove, league-leading 15 sac flies in first full MLB season), 2B Jason Kipnis (.275, 23, 82, career-high 156 games), LF Michael Brantley (.231, 0, 7 in 11 games following shoulder surgery; .310, 15, 84, MLB-best 45 doubles, 15 SBs in 2015), DH Edwin Encarnacion (.263, 42, AL-high 142 RBIs for Toronto), 1B Carlos Santana (.259, 34, 87, 99 BBs, 99 Ks), 3B Jose Ramirez (.312, 11, 76, played 4 positions) or Giovanny Urshela (.225, 6, 21 in 81 games for Cleveland), RF Brandon Guyer (.333, 2, 14 in 38 games with Indians; .241, 7, 18 in 63 games with Rays; led majors with 31 HBP) or Lonnie Chisenhall (.286, 8, 57), C Yan Gomes (.167, 9, 34 in 74 games due to shoulder injury), CF Tyler Naquin (.296, 14, 43) or Austin Jackson (.254, 0, 18 in 54 games with White Sox before left knee surgery).
Rotation: RH Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14 ERA, 227 Ks, third in Cy Young voting), RH Carlos Carrasco (11-8, 3.32, 25 starts due to injuries), RH Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.87, 25 starts, limited in postseason by injury), RH Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26, 28 starts, began season in bullpen), RH Josh Tomlin (13-9, 4.40, 5.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio).
Key relievers: LH Andrew Miller (10-1, 1.45, 12 saves, 70 appearances with Yankees and Indians), RH Cody Allen (3-5, 2.51, 32/35 saves), RH Bryan Shaw (2-5, 3.24 in league-high 75 games; 70 games in each of past four seasons), RH Dan Otero (5-1, 1.53, 70 2/3 innings), LH Boone Logan (2-5, 3.69, 66 games with Rockies).
Hot Spot: Brantley's Right Shoulder. An All-Star in 2014, Brantley missed out on the fun last season as the Indians won the pennant without him. His return is vital for Cleveland as it tries to make another deep run because he can help provide lineup protection for Encarnacion and stabilize an outfield that was under constant change in 2016. Brantley may not hit for the same extra-base power he had in the past, but he could still offer a high average and excellent defense.
Outlook: With perhaps the league's deepest pitching staff, the Indians are an AL favorite and appear poised to return to the World Series. Last year, they exceeded expectations and built a 3-1 Series lead against the Cubs before losing three straight ' including a dramatic Game 7 at home. One elusive win from the franchise's first championship since 1948. This season, the Indians will try to finish the job. There are injury concerns with Brantley and Kipnis, who won't be ready for the start of the season because of shoulder inflammation. Ramirez could slide over to help fill in at second base. But the addition of Encarnacion finally gives Cleveland the intimidating, middle-of-the-order slugger the club has coveted since the glory days of Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle. Cleveland is a baseball town again as Indians fans spent on tickets this winter and are rallying around the club the way they did back in the mid-1990s. Lindor is on the cusp of superstardom, and one of the Indians' top priorities should be signing him to a long-term deal while he's still affordable.
|CHI WHITE SOX: 2016: 78-84, fourth place.
Manager: Rick Renteria (first season).
He's Here: RHP Lucas Giolito, INF Yoan Moncada, LHP Derek Holland, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, C Geovany Soto, OF Peter Bourjos.
He's Outta Here: Manager Robin Ventura, LHP Chris Sale, OF Adam Eaton, OF Austin Jackson, DH Justin Morneau, C Alex Avila, RHP Matt Albers.
Projected lineup: CF Leury Garcia (.229, 1, 5 in 18 games, 48 ABs; .313, 6, 35, 18 SBs in 84 games at Triple-A Charlotte) or Jacob May (.266, 1, 24, 19 SBs in 83 games at Triple-A Charlotte), SS Tim Anderson (.283, 9, 30), LF Melky Cabrera (.296, 14, 86), 1B Jose Abreu (.293, 25, 100), 3B Todd Frazier (.225, 40, 98), RF Avisail Garcia (.245, 12, 51), DH Matt Davidson (missed much of last season with broken right foot), C Omar Narvaez (.267, 1, 10), 2B Tyler Saladino (.282, 8, 38).
Rotation: LH Jose Quintana (13-12, 3.20 ERA), RH Miguel Gonzalez (5-8, 3.73), LH Derek Holland (7-9, 4.95 ERA in 22 games with Texas), RH James Shields (6-19, 5.85 in 33 starts with Padres and White Sox), LH Carlos Rodon (9-10, 4.04).
Key relievers: RH David Robertson (5-3, 3.47, 37/44 saves), RH Nate Jones (5-3, 2.29, 3 saves), LH Dan Jennings (4-3, 2.08), RH Zach Putnam (1-0, 2.30), RH Michael Ynoa (1-0, 3.00).
Hot Spot: Triple-A Charlotte. With Giolito, Lopez and Moncada likely to begin the season in Triple-A, many White Sox fans might keep a closer watch on the Knights than the big league club. The development of the franchise's suddenly rich minor league system will help determine the trajectory of Chicago's new rebuilding project.
Outlook: Lots of losses and trades. Quintana and Frazier likely will be shipped out at some point this season, and Robertson also could be on the move in the right deal. The White Sox seem fully committed to a major overhaul, and they added several prospects when they traded away Sale and Eaton over the winter. But it could be a rough couple of years while general manager Rick Hahn tries to establish a more reliable pipeline of talent throughout the organization. In the meantime, the White Sox still have Anderson, who was impressive in his first major league stint last year. Abreu is going for his fourth straight season of at least 25 homers and 100 RBIs.
|Indians visit White Sox with winning streak in tow|
After a shaky start, the Cleveland Indians are starting to resemble the squad that came within one win of a World Series championship last season.
On Friday, the suddenly surging Indians go for their fourth win in a row when they open a weekend series against the White Sox in Chicago. Cleveland (8-7) is coming off a dominant three-game sweep in which it outscored the Minnesota Twins 20-7.
"We had a week where we couldn't put it together on both sides in the same game," Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer told reporters in Minnesota before the team departed for Chicago. "We'd score some runs and we'd give up a lot, or we'd pitch well and not score. I think we're starting to get into the rhythm of the season and starting to put together all three sides of the ball -- defense, pitching, hitting."
The White Sox (7-7) also are looking to establish a winning rhythm as they return to Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time since April 9. Chicago's six-game homestand includes three with Kansas City after a nine-game road trip in which they went 5-4.
Left-hander Jose Quintana (0-3, 6.75 ERA) takes the mound for the White Sox. The 28-year-old inherited the ace role after fellow left-hander Chris Sale was shipped to the Boston Red Sox, but Quintana has allowed 13 runs in 17 1/3 innings to open the season.
Command has been part of Quintana's problem; he has walked nine batters to go along with 14 strikeouts. He took advantage of a side session this week to focus on his mechanics.
Quintana is 7-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 19 career appearances (17 starts) against the Indians. Last season, he limited the eventual American League champions to nine runs in 33 2/3 innings (2.41 ERA).
"Feel good," Quintana told reporters in New York. "I keep practicing my command and (working) on all of my strengths. Never change. I'm turning the page on last time and focusing on Friday."
Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber (1-1, 6.38 ERA) also is looking to jump-start his season after three up-and-down performances. Kluber has given up five home runs among 20 hits in 18 1/3 innings.
The White Sox have grown familiar with Kluber over the past few seasons, but that will not make their task any easier Friday night. Kluber is 6-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 15 career appearances (14 starts) against Chicago. He has walked 21 and struck out 100 in 99 1/3 innings.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is expected to rejoin the team during the series, although his status for Friday is uncertain. Kipnis has been on the disabled list since the start of the season because of a strained right rotator cuff. His return was delayed further after he was hit by a pitch during a minor league injury rehabilitation stint.
White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier also could be in the starting lineup Friday after missing six of his past eight games and reportedly losing several pounds because of the flu. Frazier has struggled so far, hitting .111 (3-for-27), with one home run and one RBI, in eight contests.
|Last Updated: 8/21/2017 6:40:14 PM EST|