|CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )|
BALTIMORE ( BUNDY )
|911||CLEVELAND||-140||Ov 9,-110||-180||Ov 9,+100|
|912||BALTIMORE||+130||Un 9,-110||+170||Un 9,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-16||-2.3||17-19||5.0||0.255||0.326||0.435||0.761||4.5||0.246||0.304||0.410||0.714|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.6||4-3||7.0||0.306||0.379||0.504||0.883||3.7||0.220||0.296||0.353||0.649|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-21||+0.8||28-16||5.0||0.260||0.314||0.442||0.756||5.5||0.281||0.348||0.461||0.809|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||5-2||6.4||0.309||0.361||0.527||0.888||7.1||0.302||0.374||0.551||0.925|
|6/6/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)||3-11||L||-110||10.5 ov||O||7||3||1||12||4||0|
|6/7/2017||BAUER(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||1-8||L||-115||11 un||U||7||6||1||11||11||0|
|6/9/2017||KLUBER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||7-3||W||-275||8.5 ov||O||10||6||0||9||8||0|
|6/10/2017||TOMLIN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||HOLMBERG(L)||3-5||L||-225||10.5 un||U||5||4||1||14||7||1|
|6/11/2017||CARRASCO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-2||W||-180||8.5 un||U||7||6||1||8||6||2|
|6/13/2017||BAUER(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||5-7||L||+155||7.5 ov||O||8||5||1||12||10||0|
|6/14/2017||KLUBER(R)||LA DODGERS||MCCARTHY(R)||4-6||L||-135||8.5 ov||O||8||6||0||9||7||0|
|6/15/2017||TOMLIN(R)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)||12-5||W||+100||9.5 un||O||15||7||0||9||8||0|
|6/16/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||TURLEY(L)||8-1||W||-145||10 un||U||10||7||0||4||5||0|
|6/17/2017||MERRITT(L)||@ MINNESOTA||WILK(L)||9-3||W||-120||10.5 ov||O||14||11||1||8||5||1|
|6/17/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)||6-2||W||-115||10.5 ev||U||11||10||2||5||5||0|
|6/18/2017||BAUER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||5-2||W||-145||10 un||U||11||9||0||4||5||0|
|6/19/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|6/20/2017||TOMLIN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|6/21/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|6/22/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)|| |
|6/24/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|6/25/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|6/26/2017|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|6/8/2017||ASHER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROSS(R)||1-6||L||145||9 un||U||4||3||1||11||10||0|
|6/9/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||2-8||L||135||9.5 ev||O||5||5||1||11||7||0|
|6/10/2017||TILLMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||3-16||L||210||9.5 ov||O||4||3||0||18||6||0|
|6/11/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GREEN(R)||3-14||L||160||10.5 ov||O||9||7||1||15||8||0|
|6/12/2017||MILEY(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)||7-10||L||-105||10 ov||O||13||8||1||14||6||0|
|6/13/2017||ASHER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLLAND(L)||1-6||L||-125||10.5 un||U||9||7||0||8||6||1|
|6/14/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||10-6||W||-135||9.5 ov||O||13||5||2||10||7||0|
|6/15/2017||TILLMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLMBERG(L)||2-5||L||-120||11 ov||U||9||9||0||12||12||0|
|6/16/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)||2-11||L||+120||9 ov||O||5||4||1||14||5||0|
|6/17/2017||MILEY(L)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||15-7||W||-115||10 ov||O||15||6||1||10||9||0|
|6/18/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||8-5||W||-105||11 ov||O||11||5||0||6||4||0|
|6/23/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|6/24/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/25/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|BALTIMORE: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: Buck Showalter (eighth season)
Who's new? C Welington Castillo, OF Seth Smith, OF Craig Gentry, OF Michael Bourn, LHP Vidal Nuno
Who's gone? C Matt Wieters, OF Nolan Reimold, INF/OF Steve Pearce, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, LHP T.J. McFarland, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Tommy Hunter
Projected lineup: LF Hyun-Soo Kim (.302, 6 HR, 22 RBI), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29, 83), 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37, 96), 1B Chris Davis (.221, 38, 84), DH Mark Trumbo (.256, 47, 108), RF Seth Smith (.249, 16, 63 with Mariners), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.267, 25, 82), C Welington Castillo (.264, 14, 68 with Diamondbacks), SS J.J. Hardy (.269, 9, 48)
Rotation: RH Kevin Gausman (9-12, 3.61 ERA), RH Dylan Bundy (10-6, 4.02), LH Wade Miley (9-13, 5.37), RH Ubaldo Jimenez (8-12, 5.44), RH Mike Wright (3-4, 5.79) or Chris Lee (5-0, 2.98 at Double-A) or Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 6.38 with Mets) or Tyler Wilson (4-6, 5.27) or Jayson Aquino (0-0, 0.00 in three games)
Key relievers: LH Zach Britton (2-1, 0.54, 47/47 SV), RH Brad Brach (10-4, 2.05), RH Darren O'Day (3-1, 3.77), RH Mychal Givens (8-2, 3.13), LH Donnie Hart (0-0, 0.49), LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 3.53 with Mariners)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and bullpen. A shoulder injury in camp left 16-game winner Chris Tillman in doubt for opening day. That opened the floodgates for a pair of competitions that are somewhat intertwined, since the Orioles value long relievers more than perhaps any team. Wright and Wilson, who shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation last season, are the top candidates for the final rotation job. Aquino is a candidate to start or relieve. Logan Verrett, Richard Bleier and Zach Stewart are all potential long men. Keep an eye on Lee, a 24-year-old lefty who missed most of last season with a lat strain.
Outlook: Boston landed the biggest trade chip of the winter and Baltimore couldn't (or didn't try to) acquire the number-one starter it badly needed. When the dust settled, the Orioles look like another 80-something win team that will lean on its organizational depth to overachieve. Machado is already one of the five best players in the game, and at 24 his prime years might still lie ahead. Only three teams in history have had three 40-home run hitters, but Machado, Davis and Trumbo are capable of making it four. Expect some high-scoring games: the Orioles' outfield earned low marks on defense last year, while their starting rotation is iffy at best. Bridging the gap to closer Britton will be key.
|Orioles finding power stroke as surging Indians visit|
BALTIMORE -- After winning back-to-back games for just the second time this month, the Baltimore Orioles will hope to keep their offense humming as they begin a four-game series with the defending American League champion Cleveland Indians on Monday.
The Orioles (34-34) found their power stroke in a pair of weekend wins over the St. Louis Cardinals. They clubbed five home runs in Saturday's 15-7 win and five more in an 8-5 victory Sunday.
Over the three-game series, the Orioles hit 10 home runs, which is the most they have hit in any series this season.
"In reality, we need to start winning some games. Everyone knows that," said Baltimore outfielder Seth Smith, who began Sunday's game with his third leadoff homer of the season. "So, it's good to win the last two."
Prior to their victories over the Cardinals, the Orioles had lost eight of their previous nine games. They had not won back-to-back games since June 6-7, when they rallied in the late innings for a pair of home wins over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Indians (36-31), meanwhile, come into the game riding a five-game winning streak that has vaulted them into sole possession of first place in the American League Central for the first time since May 10.
They entered their weekend series in Minnesota trailing the Twins in the standings by two games in the standings before sweeping all four games.
"We weren't playing very good team baseball before that last series (at home) and I think it was kind of a wake-up call," Cleveland outfielder Bradley Zimmer said. "You look around and you realize, in my opinion, we have the best team in the league, and I think if we play up to our potential and everyone does what they've been doing and contributes offensively, defensively, guys in the bullpen, I think we'll be just fine."
Free-agent acquisition Edwin Encarnacion has been swinging a hot bat lately. He homered three times in the Twins series, including twice in Sunday's 5-2 victory.
"I don't think anybody has a doubt about what they are going to be at the end of the year," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Cleveland. "Good club. Well run."
This will be the Indians' only visit to Camden Yards this season. The teams will meet again Sept. 8-10 in Cleveland. Last season, the Orioles won five of the six meetings between the teams.
The starting pitching matchup for Monday's series opener is a good one with the Orioles' Dylan Bundy (7-5, 3.29 ERA) opposing Cleveland's Corey Kluber (5-2, 4.15 ERA).
Since coming off the disabled list June 1 after missing a month with a lower-back injury, Kluber is 2-0 with a no-decision in three starts.
Bundy, meanwhile, won his last start June 15 against the Chicago White Sox despite surrendering five runs -- four of them earned.
|Last Updated: 8/18/2017 5:00:24 PM EST|