|BOSTON ( SALE )|
CLEVELAND ( BAUER )
|915||BOSTON||-175||Ov 7,-120||-155||Ov 7,-115|
|916||CLEVELAND||+165||Un 7,+100||+145||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||59-39||+11||41-53||5.0||0.267||0.333||0.407||0.741||3.8||0.242||0.299||0.390||0.689|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.7||2-5||5.9||0.263||0.341||0.449||0.790||3.1||0.197||0.268||0.351||0.619|
|vs Left-handed Starters||23-23||-11.9||14-30||4.5||0.252||0.323||0.401||0.724||3.9||0.240||0.309||0.379||0.688|
|Past 7 Games||4-4||-2.3||4-4||4.6||0.218||0.285||0.372||0.657||4.2||0.285||0.340||0.451||0.791|
|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)||6-1||W||165||7.5 un||U||8||5||0||3||8||0|
|8/24/2017||SALE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|8/28/2017||POMERANZ(L)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|8/29/2017||SALE(L)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|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||MERRITT(L)||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||KLUBER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|8/29/2017||BAUER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)|| |
|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.
|Battered Indians go against Boston's Sale in finale|
CLEVELAND -- What's left of the Cleveland Indians will host the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at Progressive Field.
The bruised and battered Indians will come limping into the game. Cleveland has nine players on the disabled list, including second baseman Jason Kipnis, left fielder Michael Brantley and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall -- plus 40 percent of the rotation, Danny Salazar and Josh Tomlin, and the club's best reliever, Andrew Miller.
A 10th player, first baseman Carlos Santana, isn't on the disabled list, but he missed the past two games due to lower back tightness.
Not surprisingly, the Indians lost the past two games against Boston, managing a total of two runs on four hits. Four Red Sox pitchers combined on a three-hitter Wednesday en route to a 6-1 win.
Indians manager Terry Francona won't use the injuries as an excuse.
"Teams on the other side aren't going to feel sorry for us," he said. "Sometimes you don't have everybody. That doesn't mean you can't win. It just makes it more challenging. But we're not going to back down. We're going to keep fighting."
Making matters worse for the Indians: Thursday night they will face Boston ace Chris Sale, the leading candidate to win the American League Cy Young Award.
Sale (14-5, 2.62 ERA) leads the American League in several pitching categories, including ERA and strikeouts (250). The Indians, however, have historically done well against Sale, a pitcher they saw numerous times when the left-hander was pitching for the AL Central rival Chicago White Sox.
In 28 career appearances (17 starts) against Cleveland, Sale is 5-7 with a 4.44 ERA. That is Sale's highest career ERA vs. any opponent in the majors against whom he has made more than two appearances.
Sale's last start against the Indians was a bumpy one. It came on Aug. 1, a 12-10 Boston victory in which Sale didn't figure in the decision but still took his lumps. He pitched five innings, matching his shortest outing of the year, and gave up seven earned runs, the most he has allowed in a game this season, while recording a season-low five strikeouts.
Sale lost his last start 4-3 to the New York Yankees on Saturday. He allowed four runs on seven hits, including two homers, in seven innings, with nine strikeouts and one walk.
The Red Sox are expected to have a new center fielder Thursday. Jackie Bradley Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday due to a sprained left thumb. Boston reacted to that by acquiring outfielder Rajai Davis in a trade with the Oakland A's.
Davis will join the team Thursday and is expected to play center field.
"He's a guy with postseason experience and adds the speed element," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He's a good fit for us at a really important time."
Cleveland's starter Thursday night will be Trevor Bauer, who is quietly having a career year. Bauer (12-8, 4.50 ERA) hasn't lost a game since July 16. In seven appearances (six starts) since then, he is 5-0 with a 1.99 ERA.
One of those wins came in Boston on Aug. 14, when Bauer pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts in a 7-3 Cleveland victory.
In four career appearances vs. the Red Sox, Bauer is 1-2 with an 8.79 ERA.
|Last Updated: 2/25/2018 3:41:52 AM EST|