|CLEVELAND ( SALAZAR )|
LA ANGELS ( BRIDWELL )
|919||CLEVELAND||-120||Ov 8,+100||-110||Ov 8.5,+100|
|920||LA ANGELS||+110||Un 8,-120||+100||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||60-33||+6||38-50||5.1||0.263||0.336||0.440||0.776||3.6||0.235||0.283||0.380||0.662|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4||3-4||4.9||0.288||0.354||0.462||0.816||3.3||0.251||0.286||0.379||0.665|
|vs Right-handed Starters||54-52||+6.2||41-55||4.5||0.244||0.308||0.400||0.708||4.1||0.250||0.309||0.405||0.714|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||4-3||4.3||0.244||0.317||0.447||0.764||4.0||0.249||0.291||0.369||0.661|
|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)||3-2||W||-185||9 ov||U||12||11||0||9||5||0|
|9/15/2017||BAUER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||3-4||L||-200||9 ov||U||6||7||1||11||9||0|
|9/16/2017||CARRASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||8-4||W||-235||8.5 un||O||13||6||0||9||5||1|
|9/17/2017||KLUBER(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||3-2||W||-240||7.5 un||U||3||5||1||7||8||2|
|9/19/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||6-3||W||-105||8 un||O||14||8||1||7||3||0|
|9/20/2017||TOMLIN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||6-5||W||-105||8.5 un||O||13||9||1||11||6||0|
|9/21/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||BAUER(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ SEATTLE||GONZALES(L)|| |
|9/24/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||MINNESOTA|| || |
|9/8/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ SEATTLE||LEAKE(R)||3-4||L||115||9 un||U||8||4||0||11||9||0|
|9/9/2017||HEANEY(L)||@ SEATTLE||ALBERS(L)||1-8||L||-110||8.5 ov||O||7||8||0||11||5||2|
|9/10/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(R)||5-3||W||115||9.5 un||U||8||4||0||8||4||0|
|9/22/2017||RICHARDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||HEANEY(L)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|LA ANGELS: 2016: 74-88, fourth place
Manager: Mike Scioscia (18th season)
Who's new? C Martin Maldonado, 2B Danny Espinosa, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Ben Revere, OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Who's gone? C Jett Bandy, C Geovany Soto, C Juan Graterol, OF Gregorio Petit, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Jered Weaver, LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Tim Lincecum, RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Brett Oberholtzer
Projected lineup: 3B Yunel Escobar (.304, 5 HR, 39 RBI), RF Kole Calhoun (.271, 18, 75), CF Mike Trout (.315, 29, 100, 30 SB), DH Albert Pujols (.268, 31, 119), 1B C.J. Cron (.278, 16, 69) or Luis Valbuena (.260, 13, 40 in 90 games with Astros), LF Cameron Maybin (.315, 4, 43, 15 SB with Tigers), 2B Danny Espinosa (.209, 24, 72 with Nationals), SS Andrelton Simmons (.281, 4, 44, 10 in 124 games), C Martin Maldonado (.202, 8, 21 with Brewers) or Carlos Perez (.209, 5, 31)
Rotation: RH Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.34 in six starts), RH Matt Shoemaker (9-13, 3.88), LH Tyler Skaggs (3-4, 4.17), RH Ricky Nolasco (8-14, 4.42 with Twins and Angels), RH Jesse Chavez (2-2, 4.43 with Blue Jays and Dodgers) or RH Bud Norris (6-10, 5.10 for Braves and Dodgers)
Key relievers: RH Huston Street (3-2, 6.45, 9/12 SV), RH Cam Bedrosian (2-0, 1.12), RH Andrew Bailey (3-1, 5.36 6/7 SV for Phillies and Angels), RH J.C. Ramirez (2-1, 2.91), LH Jose Alvarez (1-3, 3.45), RH Austin Adams (0-0, 9.82 with Indians), RH Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.30 with Nationals), RH Mike Morin (2-2, 4.37)
Hot spots: First base and fifth starter. Pujols started 23 games at first base last year, and will likely play fewer this year after offseason plantar fascia surgery. For now, Pujols is the primary DH, Cron is the first baseman, and Valbuena will begin the season on the DL with a strained hamstring. One problem: neither Cron (.698 OPS) nor Valbuena (.666) could hit lefties last year. The top candidates for fifth starter are similarly flawed. Chavez and Norris finished last season as relievers. Alex Meyer has six major league starts to his name. The Angels might need all of them at points in 2017.
Outlook: It's hard to be too optimistic about a team that's made one playoff appearance in seven years. Yet it's hard to be too pessimistic considering the hard-luck injuries that decimated the Angels in 2016, particularly on the pitching side. Still, 2017 figures to be a transition year. The back of the rotation is a patch job until Tommy John patients Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano return from rehab. The Angels will gain some financial freedom after the season, when Josh Hamilton finally comes off the books. Any positive momentum in the meantime would make Anaheim a more attractive destination for free agents. Getting back above .500 would be a realistic step in that direction; anything beyond that is a bonus
|Indians' Salazar rejoins rotation to face Angels|
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Some might say the Cleveland Indians have little to play for the last couple of weeks of the regular season. Because they already clinched the American League Central crown, it would seem that playing for the best record in the majors would be their primary motivation.
But there are Cleveland players with plenty on the line, such as pitcher Danny Salazar.
Salazar will start for the Indians on Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels, and his performance could go a long way in determining where he fits into the Indians' postseason plans.
Salazar (5-6, 4.52 ERA) could find his way into the playoff rotation, likely to be four starters. He could also be picked to serve in the bullpen, or he might not even make the postseason roster at all.
"We're trying to get a gauge on where he is," Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB.com. "And I think by starting him, it probably gives him a little comfort there. I'm not sure how much we could really do that, but we'll see. We'll watch him pitch and, one, you see how far he gets stretched out. And, two, you see, 'OK, is it a bullpen option? Should we keep getting him stretched out?'
"We'll try to just, like we always do, put our heads together and come up with the best way to go about it."
Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer have locked up rotation spots, and Francona and his staff will consider Josh Tomlin and Mike Clevinger along with Salazar for the fourth and final spot.
"Right now, I'm going to do whatever they want," Salazar told MLB.com. "Whether I'm in the starting rotation or bullpen, I just want to play. I just want to be part of the team for the postseason."
Salazar is 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA in four career starts against the Angels, though he hasn't faced them this year.
The Angels have plenty to play for, with the second AL wild card within reach. They enter Thursday 1 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins.
Parker Bridwell, Los Angeles' biggest surprise this season, will start and try to match his effort the last time out. He shut out the Texas Rangers over six innings on Saturday, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out seven. However, Bridwell (8-2, 3.71 ERA) has a 4.80 ERA in three September starts. He has never faced the Indians.
The Angels also could benefit from the real Mike Trout showing up. Trout has struggled in September, hitting just .220 (13-for-59) with two homers and five RBIs in 17 games this month.
Trout isn't the only Angel not hitting. Over the past 12 games, Los Angeles is averaging just 3.3 runs per game.
"We have a lot of confidence in what these guys can do offensively," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's not going to happen every night, but we're down to the last couple weeks, and obviously you want guys to relax a little bit, and if you get a pitch to hit, hit it hard, don't grip the bat too tight.
"I think our lineup is deep enough where the spotlight shouldn't be on one guy and what he has to do. If we can get some early runs and just relax and swing the bats, we're going to do a good job offensively these last couple weeks."
|Last Updated: 10/23/2017 2:56:48 AM EST|