|CLEVELAND ( CLEVINGER )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|917||CLEVELAND||+125||Ov 8,+100||+125||Ov 8,+100|
|918||TAMPA BAY||-135||Un 8,-120||-135||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-30||-9.8||28-38||4.9||0.259||0.335||0.426||0.760||3.9||0.238||0.290||0.391||0.680|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.7||1-5||3.0||0.177||0.250||0.292||0.542||2.9||0.230||0.281||0.342||0.622|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-38||+3.1||41-39||4.5||0.255||0.321||0.430||0.751||4.2||0.234||0.302||0.381||0.682|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||1-6||1.1||0.180||0.236||0.249||0.485||3.1||0.216||0.282||0.316||0.598|
|7/29/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||5-4||W||-330||8 ov||O||8||14||1||10||10||2|
|7/30/2017||TOMLIN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||1-3||L||-140||9.5 un||U||8||8||1||4||3||0|
|7/31/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||2-6||L||-125||10 ov||U||7||5||1||13||10||0|
|8/1/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||10-12||L||150||7 ov||O||13||6||1||15||7||0|
|8/3/2017||KLUBER(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||5-1||W||-155||8 ev||U||5||5||0||3||2||3|
|8/4/2017||BAUER(R)||NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||7-2||W||-115||9 ev||P||8||4||0||11||9||1|
|8/5/2017||SALAZAR(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||1-2||L||-135||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||5||6||0|
|8/6/2017||CARRASCO(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||1-8||L||-120||7.5 un||O||2||2||0||12||7||0|
|8/10/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||1-4||L||-130||8 un||U||4||4||1||10||10||0|
|8/11/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)||5-0||W||-125||8 un||U||7||7||0||3||5||0|
|8/12/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/13/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ENNS(L)|| |
|8/17/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)|| |
|8/18/2017|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|7/29/2017||SNELL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SMITH(L)||4-5||L||145||9 ov||P||8||8||0||9||8||2|
|7/30/2017||FARIA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||5-3||W||145||9 ov||U||9||11||2||4||10||0|
|7/31/2017||COBB(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||7-14||L||135||9 un||O||7||7||1||17||9||0|
|8/1/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||6-4||W||-115||8.5 ev||O||12||7||0||7||4||0|
|8/2/2017||PRUITT(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||3-0||W||175||8.5 ev||U||9||10||1||5||7||1|
|8/3/2017||SNELL(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||5-3||W||130||9.5 un||U||8||10||0||9||6||3|
|8/14/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TORONTO||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||SNELL(L)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||FARIA(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|8/17/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO|| || |
|8/18/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|8/19/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Kevin Cash (third season)
Who's new? OF Colby Rasmus, OF/1B Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jumbo Diaz, C Wilson Ramos, C Derek Norris, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Shawn Tolleson
Who's gone? 2B Logan Forsythe, IF/OF Steve Pearce, OF Desmond Jennings, OF Mikie Mahtook, C Hank Conger, IF/OF Taylor Motter, C Bobby Wilson, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Steve Geltz, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, RHP Dylan Floro
Projected lineup: DH Corey Dickerson (.245, 24, 70), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.246, 12, 37, 21 SB), 3B Evan Longoria (.273, 36, 98), 2B Brad Miller (.243, 30, 81), RF Steven Souza (.247, 17, 49), LF Colby Rasmus (.206, 15, 54 with Astros), SS Tim Beckham (.247, 5, 16), 1B Logan Morrison (.238, 14, 43), C Curt Casali (.186, 8, 25)
Rotation: RH Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA), RH Jake Odorizzi (10-6, 3.69), RH Alex Cobb (1-2, 8.59 in five starts), LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.54), RH Matt Andriese (8-8, 4.37)
Key relievers: RH Alex Colome (2-4, 1.91, 37/40 SV), RH Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 with Indians), RH Danny Farquhar (1-0, 3.06), LH Xavier Cede'o (3-4, 3.70), RH Erasmo Ramirez (7-11, 3.77), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.51)
Hot spots: Shortstop and catcher. Tim Beckham and the combination of Curt Casali and newly signed Derek Norris are holding down the fort while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos recover from injuries. Beckham and Casali or Norris can at least try to make the situation awkward by hitting. That wasn't their strong suit last year, but the Rays will need someone to bat eighth and ninth while Ramos (knee surgery; out until July) and Duffy (Achilles surgery; out until May) heal.
Outlook: How do you fix a team that ranked eighth in the AL in ERA and 14th in runs scored? If you're the Rays, you trade away your second-best hitter (Forsythe) for a pitcher who will start the season in Triple-A (De Leon), then sign an outfielder with a .641 OPS (Rasmus) to be your second-highest paid player. Expectations for a team with the third-lowest payroll in the game shouldn't be high to begin with. Getting Duffy and Ramos back from the DL will help, but not enough to slow rumors of Archer, Cobb and Odorizzi getting traded if they pitch well.
|Rays try to find ways to get bats going against Indians|
The Tampa Bay Rays are looking for the offense to wake up in the final two games of their current nine-game homestand to keep them in the thick of the American League wild-card race.
The Rays are 2-5 on the homestand so far and have been shut out four times, including a 5-0 loss Friday to the Cleveland Indians. The teams will play again Saturday night at Tropicana Field in the third game of their four-game set.
Right-hander Mike Clevinger (5-4, 4.00 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Cleveland and he has to be licking his chops to face a lineup that can't seem to hit anything right now.
To make matters worse, it's possible Tampa Bay will be without third baseman Evan Longoria, who took a ball off his left wrist and left the game with a thumb contusion. X-rays were negative and Longoria is considered day-to-day.
"I really don't know anything," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I'll wait until (Saturday) if he's a go or not. I think it's very similar to what happened to Lucas Duda a couple of days ago.
"I looked at it, and it looked like it hit the outside, but the inside of the thumb is what really puffed up. We'll see how he is tomorrow."
Clevinger has struggled in his last two starts, giving up 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. He was temporarily shifted to the bullpen but will return to the rotation Saturday.
Indians reliever Zach McAllister told MLB.com he expects Clevinger to return to the form that he showed before the All-Star break.
"You can definitely see how much he's matured this year," McAllister said. "That's part of growing up, especially in the big leagues, too. It's not always easy. He was on a hot streak, throwing great, and he's hit a little rough patch."
The Rays will send their ace, Chris Archer, to the mound. Archer is 8-6 with a 3.80 ERA and says that the team needs dominant pitching now more than ever.
"We're striving to put up zeroes all the time," Archer said. "The goal whenever you go out there is not to give up any runs. There's always work to be done, but we're keeping our team in the game, giving our bullpen a chance to keep it close. I'm happy but not satisfied."
Pitching hasn't been Tampa Bay's problem in this recent slump. The Rays' rotation has gone at least six innings in six of the seven games and given up less than three runs five times.
Archer said the recent outings by Austin Pruitt and Blake Snell will help the Rays stay in the playoff race through this rough period.
"What they're doing is huge," Archer said. "I'm not trying to make a direct comparison, but in the past when we've been successful, we've had young guys step up. We have to all contribute, all 25, including the 23-, 24-year-old rookie pitchers."
|Last Updated: 9/25/2017 4:59:00 AM EST|