|KANSAS CITY ( JUNIS )|
CLEVELAND ( TOMLIN )
|967||KANSAS CITY||+225||Ov 9.5,-105||+175||Ov 9,-120|
|968||CLEVELAND||-245||Un 9.5,-115||-185||Un 9,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-53||+6.7||52-52||4.3||0.260||0.309||0.418||0.727||4.9||0.267||0.330||0.426||0.756|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||3-4||4.7||0.293||0.344||0.450||0.794||5.1||0.304||0.365||0.474||0.839|
|vs Right-handed Starters||57-33||+3||36-49||5.1||0.260||0.334||0.438||0.771||3.6||0.233||0.282||0.378||0.659|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||2-5||5.9||0.278||0.349||0.517||0.866||1.3||0.179||0.208||0.269||0.477|
|9/1/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GEE(R)||7-6||W||-105||9.5 un||O||12||6||1||9||7||0|
|9/2/2017||GARCIA(L)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||0-17||L||140||10 ov||O||7||6||0||14||5||0|
|9/3/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)||5-4||W||165||9.5 ov||U||9||5||3||5||6||0|
|9/4/2017||JUNIS(R)||@ DETROIT||LEWICKI(R)||7-6||W||-155||9.5 ov||O||16||9||2||12||10||0|
|9/5/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-13||L||-115||9.5 un||O||5||7||0||15||6||1|
|9/6/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||13-2||W||-130||9 ov||O||18||7||1||10||11||0|
|9/11/2017||HAMMEL(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)||3-11||L||-170||9 ov||O||9||6||1||17||11||0|
|9/12/2017||GAVIGLIO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||4-3||W||-185||10 ov||U||4||3||0||13||10||0|
|9/13/2017||SKOGLUND(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||3-5||L||-145||10 ov||U||8||10||0||10||9||1|
|9/14/2017||JUNIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||VARGAS(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||HAMMEL(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||GAVIGLIO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||KENNEDY(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|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|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|KANSAS CITY: 2016: 81-81, third place.
Manager: Ned Yost (eighth season).
He's Here: OF Jorge Soler, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Nathan Karns, DH Brandon Moss, LHP Travis Wood.
He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, DH Kendrys Morales, OF Jarrod Dyson, RHP Luke Hochevar, RHP Edinson Volquez.
Projected lineup: SS Alcides Escobar (.261, 7 HRs, 55 RBIs), LF Alex Gordon (.220, 17, 40), CF Lorenzo Cain (.287, 9, 56), 1B Eric Hosmer (.266, 25, 104), DH Brandon Moss (.255, 28, 67), RF Jorge Soler (.238, 12, 31 with Cubs; likely to start season on DL with strained oblique), 3B Mike Moustakas (.240, 7, 13), C Salvador Perez (.247, 22, 64), Raul Mondesi (.185, 2, 13).
Rotation: LH Danny Duffy (12-3, 3.51 ERA, 188 Ks), RH Ian Kennedy (11-11, 3.68, 184 Ks), RH Jason Hammel (11-11, 3.83 with Cubs), LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 2.25 in 3 starts after returning from Tommy John surgery), RH Nathan Karns (6-2, 5.15 with Mariners).
Key relievers: RH Kelvin Herrera (2-6, 2.75, 12 saves), RH Joakim Soria (5-8, 4.05), LH Matt Strahm (2-2, 1.23), LH Travis Wood (4-0, 2.95), LH Scott Alexander (0-0, 3.32), RH Chris Young (3-9, 6.19).
Hot Spot: Starting Rotation. Duffy showed signs of blossoming into an ace late last year, but is yet to put it all together for a full season. Hammel was signed after the tragic death of RHP Yordano Ventura in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Vargas barely pitched last season after coming back from elbow surgery. Karns has intriguing potential, but might end up in the bullpen unless he lives up to it quickly.
Outlook: Royals GM Dayton Moore thinks his starting rotation is the best it has been during his tenure, even if just about every spot is tenuous. He also thinks Kansas City has more power at the plate this year thanks to Moustakas' return from a torn ACL and the signing of Moss. Paulo Orlando (.302, 5, 43, 14 SBs) will replace Soler in right field at the start of the season. But there are plenty of question marks up and down the lineup, not to mention on the pitching staff, and several things must break right for Kansas City to make noise in the AL Central and take a run at its third World Series appearance in four years.
|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.
|Royals arrive to challenge Indians' historic win streak|
CLEVELAND -- There is now only one hurdle left for the Cleveland Indians to clear in their quest for the longest winning streak in major league history.
With a 5-3 win over Detroit on Wednesday, the Indians have the longest winning streak in American League history at 21 games. The only team with a longer winning streak is the 1916 New York Giants, who had a 26-game winning streak, although there was a tie in the middle of that stretch 101 years ago.
The Indians will go for No. 22 in a row Thursday night at Progressive Field against the Kansas City Royals in the first game of a four-game series. Another victory Thursday would give Cleveland sole possession of the second-longest streak, pushing them past the 21-game run of the 1935 Chicago Cubs.
During their winning streak, the Indians (90-56) have outscored their opponents 139-35. Seven of the 21 wins in the streak came by shutout. Cleveland pitchers lead the major leagues with 19 shutouts.
The last time the Indians and Royals met was Aug. 25-27 in Cleveland. The Indians swept the three-game series and shut out Kansas City in all three games, outscoring the Royals 20-0 in the series.
That was in the early stages of the 21-game run.
One of the features of Cleveland's surge is the number of players who are contributing.
"Everybody pretty much has had a hand in doing something," Indians manager Terry Francona said.
"It doesn't matter who we put out there," Cleveland right fielder Jay Bruce said. "We've got guys up from Double-A ball taking meaningful at-bats."
The Royals (72-73) come into the series below .500 but still alive in the wild-card race. Kansas City is four games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second AL wild-card spot.
Catching up could be a difficult task, which means a handful of the Royals' pending free agents might be playing their final couple of weeks in a Kansas City uniform.
One of those who will be a free agent at the end of the year is first baseman Eric Hosmer, who is having a career year, hitting .325 with 24 home runs and a .905 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
If these are Hosmer's last days in Kansas City, nobody will miss him more than manager Ned Yost.
"It's just really, really rare that you've got a guy that's an elite performer, an elite person in terms of character and leadership and attitude and competitiveness and fight every day," Yost told The Kansas City Star.
The Thursday night pitching matchup will be Royals rookie Jakob Junis (7-2, 4.34 ERA) vs. Indians veteran Josh Tomlin (9-9, 5.13).
Junis appeared in one game against Cleveland this year, a 10-0 Royals loss on Aug. 18 in which he did not figure in the decision. In that game, he pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief and gave up four runs and five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Junis hasn't lost a game since June 29. In eight appearances since then, six of them starts, he is 5-0 with a 3.18 ERA.
Tomlin hasn't lost a game since June 25, though he was out from July 31-Aug. 31 due to a left hamstring strain. In his past six starts, Tomlin is 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA, including a 2-0 mark and a 2.53 ERA in two starts this month.
In three games against the Royals this year, Tomlin is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA. In 24 career appearances against Kansas City, he is 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA.
|Last Updated: 2/24/2018 11:36:00 AM EST|