|TORONTO ( ROGERS )|
CLEVELAND ( MASTERSON )
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-33||-1.3||29-33||4.4||0.245||0.312||4.4||0.252||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||3-3||3.4||0.249||0.315||5.4||0.244||0.299|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-29||+5||26-31||4.7||0.252||0.326||4.5||0.255||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||4-3||4.3||0.231||0.297||6.0||0.272||0.356|
|6/26/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||3-0||W||105||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||2||2||0|
|6/27/2013||WANG(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||4-7||L||160||9.5 un||O||5||2||0||9||4||0|
|6/28/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||5-7||L||100||10 ev||O||8||5||0||15||9||1|
|6/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-2||W||130||10.5 ov||U||10||5||1||10||8||2|
|6/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-5||L||140||10 un||U||11||10||1||9||8||0|
|7/9/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||0-3||L||-115||9 un||U||8||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/10/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||4-3||W||135||9.5 un||U||6||6||1||4||3||0|
|6/27/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)||3-7||L||125||9.5 un||O||10||7||2||11||4||0|
|6/28/2013||BAUER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||19-10||W||110||9 un||O||21||11||1||13||8||1|
|6/28/2013||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||9-8||W||115||9 ov||O||12||5||0||13||11||0|
|6/29/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||4-3||W||-120||9 un||U||9||4||0||11||11||0|
|6/30/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||4-0||W||125||7.5 un||U||10||7||0||6||3||0|
|7/2/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||6-5||W||-105||8.5 un||O||9||8||0||7||7||0|
|7/3/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-6||L||105||8.5 ov||O||6||5||3||11||7||1|
|7/4/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||7-10||L||130||8 ov||O||12||8||1||6||6||0|
|7/12/2013||KLUBER(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||KAZMIR(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|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 (TORONTO-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Indians Preview* ===========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Toronto (43-45) at Cleveland (46-43), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Even when he's struggling, Cleveland's Justin Masterson can usually be relied on to pitch deep into games.
In his last start, the right-hander failed to provide even that.
Masterson tries to bounce back from one of this worst starts of the season by continuing his dominance over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night in Cleveland.
After tossing a six-hitter in a 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on June 30, Masterson (10-7, 3.78 ERA) gave up six runs and seven hits in a season-low 4 2-3 innings of a 7-0 home loss to Detroit on Friday.
"It's always disappointing when you lose," said Masterson, who was 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA in his previous six starts in Cleveland.
It was a rare inefficient outing for Masterson, who was named an All-Star on Saturday. He ranks eighth in the majors in innings pitched with 128 2-3, but needed 108 pitches to record 14 outs, failing to get through five innings for the first time in 19 starts.
A matchup with Toronto might help him rebound.
Since the start of last season, Masterson is 2-0 with an 0.86 ERA in three starts against the Blue Jays. He gave up a run and three hits in a 4-1 victory at Toronto on April 2.
He'll look to take advantage of a Toronto lineup that has plated two runs or fewer in four of its last six games. The Blue Jays got eight hits in a series-opening 3-0 loss on Tuesday, but went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position to get shut out of the second time in three games.
"We outhit them, but we just didn't outscore them," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "That's what hurts. We had our chances, but we just couldn't get that big hit."
The Blue Jays (43-46) aren't totally devoid of offense, however. Maicer Izturis is 11 of 22 during a six-game hitting streak, and Colby Rasmus is batting .360 (9 for 25) with two homers, four doubles and eight RBIs in his last seven contests.
Cleveland's Michael Brantley has also been swinging a hot bat, going 6 for 10 with two home runs and six RBIs in his last three games. Nick Swisher is 13 for his last 34 (.382) with two doubles and two home runs, and has reached base multiple times in five straight games for Cleveland (47-43).
Brantley and Swisher could make things difficult for Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.84), who gave up season highs of seven runs and 11 hits in an 11-1 loss to the Tigers on Thursday. He was 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his previous five starts.
The right-hander saw the Indians twice out of the bullpen in the first series of the season, surrendering an RBI single to Mark Reynolds his last time out.
|Last Updated: 7/23/2018 2:40:10 PM EST|