|DETROIT ( FARMER )|
CLEVELAND ( CLEVINGER )
|915||DETROIT||+245||Ov 9.5,-110||+245||Ov 9,-115|
|916||CLEVELAND||-285||Un 9.5,-110||-290||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-64||-21.8||55-45||4.4||0.252||0.314||0.397||0.711||5.5||0.283||0.344||0.462||0.806|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.1||5-2||3.7||0.251||0.281||0.403||0.684||6.4||0.325||0.390||0.488||0.878|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-33||+2||36-48||5.1||0.260||0.334||0.437||0.770||3.6||0.234||0.282||0.379||0.661|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||2-5||5.9||0.277||0.356||0.485||0.841||1.0||0.167||0.189||0.264||0.453|
|8/30/2017||VERLANDER(R)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)||6-2||W||110||12 ev||U||11||8||0||6||6||0|
|9/4/2017||LEWICKI(R)||KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||6-7||L||+145||9.5 ov||O||12||10||0||16||9||2|
|9/5/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||13-2||W||+105||9.5 un||O||15||6||1||5||7||0|
|9/6/2017||BOYD(L)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||2-13||L||+120||9 ov||O||10||11||0||18||7||1|
|9/8/2017||FARMER(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||5-4||W||185||8.5 ev||O||7||3||0||8||4||0|
|9/9/2017||BELL(L)||@ TORONTO||ANDERSON(L)||4-5||L||120||9.5 un||U||8||4||0||13||10||0|
|9/10/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)||2-8||L||145||9 un||O||7||6||0||16||8||1|
|9/11/2017||JAYE(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||0-11||L||275||8.5 ev||O||9||10||2||11||9||0|
|9/12/2017||BOYD(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-2||L||315||8 un||U||5||3||0||9||10||0|
|9/13/2017||FARMER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)|| |
|9/14/2017||BELL(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||JAYE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||BOYD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||OAKLAND|| || |
|8/30/2017||BAUER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||2-1||W||115||9.5 un||U||8||9||0||5||8||0|
|8/30/2017||MERRITT(L)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||9-4||W||160||9 un||O||13||9||1||8||5||0|
|9/1/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||3-2||W||-230||8.5 un||U||11||8||0||12||10||0|
|9/1/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ DETROIT||FARMER(R)||10-0||W||-160||9 un||O||15||9||0||7||7||0|
|9/2/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||5-2||W||-310||8 un||U||14||11||0||11||8||0|
|9/3/2017||TOMLIN(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)||11-1||W||-190||9.5 ov||O||16||14||0||8||4||0|
|9/4/2017||BAUER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||5-3||W||-230||10 un||U||10||6||0||6||6||0|
|9/5/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||HOLMBERG(L)||9-4||W||-280||9 ov||O||10||9||2||10||11||0|
|9/6/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||5-1||W||-260||8 ov||U||8||11||0||3||0||2|
|9/7/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)||11-2||W||-300||7.5 ov||O||16||9||0||3||2||1|
|9/14/2017||TOMLIN(R)||KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||BAUER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|9/16/2017||CARRASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||KLUBER(R)||KANSAS CITY||GAVIGLIO(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|DETROIT: 2016: 86-75, second place.
Manager: Brad Ausmus (fourth season).
He's Here: C Alex Avila, OF Mikie Mahtook.
He's Outta Here: OF Cameron Maybin, SS Erick Aybar, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Casey McGehee.
Projected lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler (.288, 28 HRs, 83 RBIs), 3B Nicholas Castellanos (.285, 18, 58 in 110 games), 1B Miguel Cabrera (.316, 38, 108), DH Victor Martinez (.289, 27, 86), RF J.D. Martinez (.307, 22, 68 in 120 games), LF Justin Upton (.246, 31, 87), C James McCann (.221, 12, 48) or Alex Avila (.213, 7, 11 with White Sox), CF Mikie Mahtook (.195, 3, 11 with Tampa Bay) or Tyler Collins (.235, 4, 15), SS Jose Iglesias (.255, 4, 32).
Rotation: RH Justin Verlander (16-9, 3.04 ERA, 254 Ks), RH Michael Fulmer (11-7, 3.06), RH Jordan Zimmermann (9-7, 4.87), LH Daniel Norris (4-2, 3.38), LH Matt Boyd (6-5, 4.53).
Key relievers: RH Francisco Rodriguez (3-4, 3.24, 44/49 saves), RH Bruce Rondon (5-2, 2.97), LH Justin Wilson (4-5, 4.14, 1 save), RH Alex Wilson (4-0, 2.96), RH Anibal Sanchez (7-13, 5.87 in 35 games, 26 starts).
Hot Spot: Back of Starting Rotation. Zimmermann and Norris could be major contributors if healthy, but the No. 5 spot in the rotation is much more uncertain. Sanchez has a big contract and some impressive career accomplishments, but he's 33 and coming off two straight disappointing seasons. Boyd was merely serviceable a season ago.
Outlook: The Tigers have made no secret of the fact that they'll need to cut costs soon, but they've generally put off doing so. Verlander, Cabrera and Kinsler are back, and Detroit is ready to make another bid for a postseason spot. The Tigers fell just short of a wild card last season, and the team's top players aren't getting any younger, so this could be the last shot for Detroit to win big before a significant overhaul. Verlander and Cabrera are still producing like stars, and Fulmer won Rookie of the Year honors last year. If the Tigers are going to take another step forward, they'll probably need Zimmermann and Norris to perform well after both dealt with injury problems a season ago. Speaking of injuries: J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot March 18 and is expected to miss the start of the season. The Tigers finished eight games behind Cleveland in 2016. Closing that gap won't be easy, and a lot might depend on whether Detroit can stay healthy.
|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 host Tigers, seek AL-record 21st straight win|
CLEVELAND -- The Indians are tied with the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the longest winning streak in American League history at 20 games, but the Cleveland players aren't obsessing over the record.
"We haven't talked about it at all," Indians pitcher Corey Kluber said. "I haven't heard anybody talking about how many games in a row we've won. We're aware of it just because the attention it gets, but it's not something we're focusing on. It's more coming to the field each day and preparing to win a game."
The Indians will attempt to set an AL record Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field with a victory over the struggling Detroit Tigers, who have lost four games in a row and are 2-10 in September.
"I don't care if the other team has won 20 in a row or lost 20 in a row, I just want to win a game," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Give Cleveland credit. They are probably the best team in baseball right now. But all we're concentrating on is trying to win a game."
Cleveland is 13-0 in September. That is the best start to a calendar month in Indians history, and the best by any major league team since the Minnesota Twins went 15-0 to start June 1991.
Indians manager Terry Francona, as he has done throughout his team's winning streak, refuses to make a fuss over it.
"We just want our guys to show up every day ready to play a good game," he said.
The Indians are 12-6 against the Tigers this season. If Cleveland wins Wednesday, the Indians would have swept two separate series from the Tigers during the streak.
The Wednesday game offers a rematch of Cleveland's 10-0 win over the Tigers on Sept. 1 in Detroit as Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger (9-5, 3.30 ERA) opposes Tigers right-hander Buck Farmer (4-2, 6.32).
Clevinger was the winning pitcher Sept. 1, tossing six scoreless innings on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Farmer only lasted three innings, giving up five runs and three hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Clevinger has given the Tigers fits this season. In three starts against Detroit, he is 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA. In 18 innings, he has allowed one run and eight hits with 17 strikeouts and eight walks.
In his past six appearances overall, five of them starts, Clevinger is 4-1 with a 1.69 ERA. In six career appearances (five starts) against the Tigers, he is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA.
Farmer has split this season between Detroit and Triple-A Toledo. In 21 starts for Toledo, he was 6-4 with a 3.93 ERA.
Farmer has never beaten Cleveland. In five career appearances against the Indians, three of them starts, he is 0-3 with an 8.50 ERA.
The Tigers expect to have shortstop Jose Iglesias back with the team Wednesday. Iglesias had returned to his home in Florida for the birth of his child but got stranded there during Hurricane Irma.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 12:16:30 PM EST|