|BOSTON ( RODRIGUEZ )|
CLEVELAND ( CLEVINGER )
|961||BOSTON||+120||Ov 9.5,-110||+115||Ov 9.5,+100|
|962||CLEVELAND||-130||Un 9.5,-110||-125||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||57-38||+8.6||40-51||4.9||0.267||0.334||0.406||0.740||3.9||0.245||0.301||0.394||0.695|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.4||2-4||5.4||0.267||0.348||0.412||0.761||4.0||0.242||0.315||0.381||0.696|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-22||-11.1||14-28||4.6||0.256||0.326||0.406||0.732||3.8||0.242||0.310||0.379||0.689|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.2||3-3||6.4||0.269||0.339||0.462||0.802||2.7||0.272||0.318||0.414||0.732|
|8/8/2017||SALE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)||2-0||W||-210||7 ev||U||12||9||1||2||4||0|
|8/9/2017||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||8-2||W||-120||8.5 ov||O||9||6||0||4||3||2|
|8/11/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||4-5||L||115||8.5 ov||O||8||9||0||7||8||0|
|8/12/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||10-5||W||150||8 un||O||12||4||2||9||6||2|
|8/13/2017||SALE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||3-2||W||-155||7.5 ev||U||4||8||0||5||8||0|
|8/15/2017||PORCELLO(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||10-4||W||-150||9.5 ov||O||15||9||0||10||5||1|
|8/16/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-4||W||-150||9.5 un||U||9||7||2||10||7||1|
|8/18/2017||POMERANZ(L)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||9-6||W||-120||9.5 ev||O||10||6||0||12||14||1|
|8/19/2017||SALE(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-4||L||-260||8.5 ev||U||6||6||3||9||8||0|
|8/20/2017||PORCELLO(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||5-1||W||-110||9.5 un||U||12||11||0||3||5||0|
|8/21/2017||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)|| |
|8/22/2017||FISTER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|8/23/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||SALE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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)||3-0||W||135||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||4||3||0|
|8/13/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)||4-3||W||-165||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||4||4||0|
|8/14/2017||BAUER(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||7-3||W||-110||10 un||P||10||9||1||8||8||1|
|8/15/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)||8-1||W||-160||9.5 ov||U||11||8||0||3||2||0|
|8/17/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||9-3||W||-170||9 un||O||14||10||0||10||8||1|
|8/17/2017||MERRITT(L)||@ MINNESOTA||SLEGERS(R)||2-4||L||-120||10 un||U||3||3||1||13||13||0|
|8/18/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||10-1||W||-200||8 ov||O||13||7||0||9||9||0|
|8/19/2017||BAUER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||5-0||W||-135||9.5 ev||U||9||7||0||7||8||0|
|8/20/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||4-7||L||-160||9 ov||O||8||7||0||15||7||1|
|8/25/2017||SALAZAR(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|8/26/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||CARRASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|BOSTON: 2016: 93-69, first place
Manager: John Farrell (fifth season)
Who's new? LHP Chris Sale, RHP Tyler Thornburg, 1B Mitch Moreland, OF Steve Selsky
Who's gone? DH David Ortiz, 3B Travis Shaw, 3B Yoan Moncada, 2B Aaron Hill, C Ryan Hanigan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Junichi Tazawa, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Brad Ziegler
Projected lineup: 2B Dustin Pedroia (.318, 15 HR, 74 RBI), LF Andrew Benintendi (.295, 2, 14 in 34 games), SS Xander Bogaerts (.294, 21, 89, 13 SB), RH Mookie Betts (.318, 31, 113), DH Hanley Ramirez (.286, 30, 111) CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.267, 26, 87), 3B Pablo Sandoval (.000, 0, 0 in three games), 1B Mitch Moreland (.233, 22, 60 with Rangers), C Sandy Leon (.310, 7, 35) or Christian Vazquez (.224, 1, 12)
Rotation: LH Chris Sale (17-10, 3.34 ERA), RH Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15), RH Steven Wright (13-6, 3.33), LH Drew Pomeranz (3-5, 4.59), LH Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.71)
Key relievers: RH Craig Kimbrel (2-6, 3.40, 31/33 SV), RH Tyler Thornburg (8-5, 2.15 with Brewers), RH Joe Kelly (4-0, 5.18), LH Robbie Ross (3-2, 3.25), RH Matt Barnes (4-3, 4.05), LH Fernando Abad (1-6, 3.66 with Twins and Red Sox), RH Heath Hembree (4-1, 2.65)
Hot spots: Third base. Is this the year Sandoval is known more for his ability to play baseball than his physique? Sandoval, who missed all but three games last year because of a shoulder injury, showed up to spring training looking slimmer than years past. His production at the plate and agility on the field followed suit in the Grapefruit League. The Red Sox have shown they aren't afraid to take playing time away from the Panda if he doesn't deserve it. Josh Rutledge, a competent fielder and perhaps a better hitter against left-handers, is around just in case.
Outlook: Boston scored more runs than any team in baseball last year, and this year's club has the pitching to avoid another early playoff exit. Newcomer Sale is the best left-hander in the AL, an ace in his prime. Porcello is the reigning Cy Young Award winner. David Price, when he returns from an elbow injury, gives the Red Sox arguably the best 1-2-3 punch in the league. Ortiz retired, but he'll leave a bigger hole in the hearts of fans than in the lineup. Benintendi is a candidate for the AL Rookie of the Year award, while Betts played like an MVP at age 23. A bounceback season from Sandoval would give opposing pitchers no chance to breathe. Triple-A depth shouldn't be enough of an issue to prevent the Sox from challenging the Indians for the pennant.
|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.
|Hot teams square off as Red Sox visit Indians|
CLEVELAND -- In what could be a preview of a postseason series between two division leaders, the Boston Red Sox will visit Progressive Field on Monday night for the opener of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians.
American League East-leading Boston (71-52) and AL Central-best Cleveland (68-54) are two of the hottest teams in the majors.
The Red Sox, who lead second-place New York by five games in the East, are 14-3 since July 31.
The Indians, who lead second-place Minnesota by five games in the Central, are coming off a grueling but productive 11-game, four-city road trip in which they went 8-3. The trek ended with a 7-4 loss at Kansas City on Sunday, dropping Cleveland to 20-9 since July 19.
The Indians will be the latest challenge for the Red Sox, who are grinding through a rugged portion of their schedule.
"We've been in this stretch of games, for the entire month, whether it's the Yankees, Rays, Indians and the Cardinals who are all fighting for their division," Boston manager John Farrell told MLB.com. "We have no break in the schedule. Our guys are handling it great."
Cleveland is in the midst of a portion of its schedule in which it is playing 23 games in 23 days. The Monday contest will be the team's first home game since Aug. 9. The Indians are 10-3 at home since the All-Star break.
"We've got a lot of baseball to play, but that's OK. We're glad to be home," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Two things are for sure when we're at home. We get to play in front of our fans, and we have clean underwear."
In the first game of the series, Boston will start left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 3.97 ERA) against Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger (6-5, 3.75).
Rodriguez will be making his second career start against the Indians. His first came on Aug. 18, 2015, a 9-1 victory in which he allowed one run on six hits and had five strikeouts in eight innings.
In his past seven starts, Rodriguez is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA. His last start came on Wednesday, a no-decision against St. Louis in which he pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk.
Clevinger has been the Indians' sixth starter for much of this season, but he is getting plenty of work. He replaced Corey Kluber in the rotation when Kluber missed most of the month of May with a lower back strain.
Clevinger is currently filling in for Josh Tomlin, who has been on the disabled list since July 31 with a left hamstring strain.
When not starting, Clevinger has made three relief appearances. In his 15 starts, he is 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA.
One of those starts came on July 31 at Boston, and it did not go well. In a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox, Clevinger pitched just three innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and four walks.
The Indians' starting pitching has been spectacular over the past month. Cleveland starters have given up one or zero runs in 13 of the team's past 17 games, and the Indians have pitched shutouts in three of their past 10 contests.
|Last Updated: 2/22/2018 6:38:51 AM EST|