|BOSTON ( POMERANZ )|
CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )
|969||BOSTON||+180||Ov 8,-110||+175||Ov 7.5,-105|
|970||CLEVELAND||-190||Un 8,-110||-185||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-39||+9.3||41-52||4.9||0.267||0.334||0.407||0.741||3.9||0.243||0.300||0.392||0.692|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2||3-4||6.4||0.289||0.366||0.452||0.818||3.6||0.225||0.287||0.372||0.659|
|vs Left-handed Starters||23-22||-10.1||14-29||4.6||0.255||0.325||0.405||0.730||3.8||0.241||0.310||0.378||0.688|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.6||4-3||5.1||0.233||0.293||0.394||0.687||4.0||0.293||0.350||0.455||0.804|
|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)||4-5||L||115||9.5 un||U||5||7||1||7||6||0|
|8/22/2017||FISTER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||9-1||W||165||8.5 ov||O||12||5||0||1||1||0|
|8/23/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||SALE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|8/28/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ 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|| || |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Indians' Kluber, Red Sox's Pomeranz shrug off injuries|
CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber has been the foundation of the Cleveland Indians' rotation the past four years, and Wednesday night, he will be counted on to be an ace once again.
A day after fellow starter Danny Salazar and star reliever Andrew Miller were both placed on the disabled list, Kluber will take the mound for the Indians in the third game of a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox.
The teams split the first two games of the series.
The mound opponent for Kluber (12-3, 2.67 ERA) will be Boston lefty Drew Pomeranz, a former Cleveland first-round draft pick. Pomeranz (12-4, 3.31) was selected by the Indians with the fifth overall selection in 2010.
Kluber and Pomeranz both left their most recent start because of an injury, yet neither is missing a turn in the rotation.
Kluber's status for Wednesday was up in the air for a couple of days after he came out in the sixth inning at Kansas City on Friday due to a sprained right ankle.
However, the ankle has improved enough so that Kluber can make a start for Cleveland's banged-up rotation. In addition to Salazar, right-hander Josh Tomlin (hamstring) is also on the DL.
Pomeranz exited his Friday start against the New York Yankees after 3 1/3 innings due to back spasms, but he was ruled ready for Wednesday after a Monday bullpen session.
Kluber will be facing Boston for the first time since last year's American League Division Series, which the Indians swept in three games. In Game 2, Kluber was the winning pitcher during a 6-0 Cleveland victory. He pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out seven.
However, Kluber's career record vs. the Red Sox in nine appearances, eight starts, is 2-3 with a 4.78 ERA.
Kluber missed the month of May due to a strained lower back. In 15 starts since coming off the DL, he has been almost unbeatable: 9-1 with a 1.84 ERA while holding opposing teams to a .173 batting average. In those 15 starts, Kluber has averaged 13 strikeouts per nine innings.
Kluber will be backed up by a short-handed bullpen, missing its best reliever in Miller, who was placed on the DL with right knee patellar tendinitis, a condition that caused him to spend two weeks on the DL earlier this month.
"What he has is most often found in NBA players," manager Terry Francona said, "so our medical people are reaching out to the Cavs on how they treat it. The best thing for it is rest, but we want to see if we can be proactive with his rehab."
Pomeranz never pitched in a regular-season game for Cleveland. He was included in the package of prospects the Indians traded to the Colorado Rockies in 2011 for Ubaldo Jimenez.
Pomeranz is having a career year for the Red Sox. He hasn't lost a game since June 11, going 6-0 with a 2.30 ERA in his past 12 starts. In six career appearances, one start, against the Indians, he is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA.
The Red Sox will be without center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who flew back to Boston to get an MRI on his left thumb. Bradley injured the thumb during a headfirst slide into home plate in the seventh inning Tuesday.
"The X-rays were negative, but we're going to send him back to Boston ... for further testing," manager John Farrell said. "He'll be back here (Wednesday), but he won't play."
|Last Updated: 3/23/2018 7:21:44 PM EST|