|CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )|
MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-31||+5.4||28-34||4.7||0.254||0.329||4.4||0.253||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.4||2-5||3.9||0.248||0.329||2.4||0.214||0.299|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-43||-3||31-41||4.0||0.242||0.310||4.5||0.282||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||1-6||3.4||0.221||0.268||3.0||0.238||0.328|
|7/12/2013||KLUBER(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||3-0||W||-150||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||5||9||0|
|7/13/2013||KAZMIR(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-3||W||-145||9 un||U||9||7||0||8||8||0|
|7/14/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||6-4||W||-105||8 un||O||13||11||1||10||9||0|
|7/19/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||2-3||L||-125||9 ov||U||4||5||2||6||6||0|
|7/20/2013||KLUBER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|7/21/2013||MASTERSON(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|7/22/2013||JIMENEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|7/23/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|7/24/2013||KAZMIR(L)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|7/6/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-0||W||185||9 ov||U||7||3||1||4||4||0|
|7/7/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)||5-11||L||155||9.5 un||O||5||7||0||13||8||2|
|7/8/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||4-7||L||150||8.5 un||O||10||7||1||12||6||0|
|7/9/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-4||L||160||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||5||4||1|
|7/10/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-4||L||180||8 un||U||12||9||1||12||15||0|
|7/11/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||3-4||L||205||8 un||U||4||4||0||10||6||0|
|7/12/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-2||L||160||8.5 un||U||8||10||0||6||8||0|
|7/13/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||4-1||W||135||8.5 un||U||6||3||0||8||8||0|
|7/14/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||10-4||W||187||8.5 un||O||14||9||1||10||9||2|
|7/22/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BLANTON(R)|| |
|7/23/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|7/24/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/25/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|7/26/2013||DIAMOND(L)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/27/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|CLEVELAND: HITTING: SS ASDRUBAL CABRERA's reinvented swing, modeled after Ben Zobrist, likely led to his power surge. OF GRADY SIZEMORE is back on a one-year deal, so he has plenty of financial incentive to stay healthy. But he will begin the season on the DL after back surgery. OF SHELLEY DUNCAN is expected to get more playing time in replacing Sizemore, but speedy OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA is also waiting for his shot. Injuries and off-the-field issues spoiled OF SHIN SOO-CHOO's 2011, but there's a good chance he bounces back . . . OF MICHAEL BRANTLEY does everything well enough to get a regular gig in center. C CARLOS SANTANA is developing into a middle-of-the-order run producer. DH TRAVIS HAFNER can't be trusted to stay healthy or to produce power numbers. After another down year, 1B MATT LaPORTA will have to sit and watch CASEY KOTCHMAN start at first more often than not. 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL will get his chance to play every day, but dwindling production the past two years is a concern. 2B JASON KIPNIS will get first crack at second base. He's got nice pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: JUSTIN MASTERSON's strikeout rate continues to decline, and he still gets hit hard by lefties. Still, his strong groundball rate guarantees he's a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm at worst. His velocity dropped last year, and there's no telling if UBALDO JIMENEZ will ever regain his early 2010 form. He's the definition of high-risk, high-reward. DEREK LOWE was a decent middle-of-the-rotation arm in the National League, but now he must adjust to facing superior A.L. lineups . . . Healthy again, JOSH TOMLIN will remain in the rotation. He's hittable, throwing strikes and relying on his defense. Former Twins hurler KEVIN SLOWEY rounds out the staff. Although he posted a 6.67 ERA last year, Slowey has exhibited pinpoint control in his career with just 84 walks in 532.2 innings, tallying a .470 K-to-BB ratio. JEANMAR GOMEZ is a decent minor league arm, but his ceiling is low (long term and in the immediate future). CARLOS CARRASCO may not pitch in the bigs this year after Tommy John surgery.
RELIEF PITCHING: CHRIS PEREZ is entrenched as the closer, but he was a bit of a disappointment last season. His velocity dropped slightly, and his strikeout rate fell off a cliff. If Perez gets hurt, VINNIE PESTANO is next in line for saves. He may be undersized, but his stuff is overpowering. TONY SIPP proved he can get out righties too, but his value is as a lefty-on-lefty guy. Ditto for sidearmer JOE SMITH, who is deadly on righties. But it would be a surprise if he shut down lefties for a second straight year. RAFAEL PEREZ has been hampered by shoulder soreness in Spring Training, but the lefty should once again be serviceable in the late innings this year.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CLEVELAND-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Indians-Twins Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Cleveland (51-44) at Minnesota (39-53), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Kevin Correia likely needs to cut down on walks to end his recent struggles.
It's an issue the Minnesota Twins hope Correia resolves as they look for a fourth straight victory when they face the visiting Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
Correia (6-6, 4.23 ERA) has been Minnesota's most reliable starter this season, posting a team-leading nine quality starts. He's been plagued by control problems lately, however, issuing 13 walks over 22 1-3 innings of his last four starts, in which he's gone 0-2 with a 5.64 ERA.
The right-hander walked the same number of batters in 88 1-3 innings over his first 14 starts, during which he went 6-4 with a 3.87 ERA.
The Indians (51-45) might not be the ideal opponent against which to find his control, as they average a walk every 10.8 plate appearances, among the best rates in the major leagues.
Cleveland drew four walks but lost 3-2 on Friday after Joe Mauer's go-ahead single in the eighth. The All-Star catcher is 12 for 26 during a seven-game hitting streak.
"It was good that they pitched to Joe and gave him a chance," said Glen Perkins, who converted his 22nd save in 24 chances this season. "So thanks for that."
Correia allowed three runs over 5 1-3 innings of a 4-3 road loss to Tampa Bay on July 10, walking five for the first time since April 29, 2012. He also surrendered a two-run homer.
The Indians have gone 1-6 in their last seven games in Minnesota, but may have a good chance for a victory Saturday with Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.88) on the mound. Cleveland has won six of his last seven starts with the right-hander going 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA in that span.
Kluber has struck out 18 in 14 innings over his last two starts. He threw 7 2-3 innings in a 3-0 victory over Kansas City on July 12.
"He certainly stays composed," manager Terry Francona said. "For a young pitcher, that's a big compliment."
Correia gave up four runs and walked two in five innings of a 7-3 loss at Cleveland on May 4.
Kluber has gone 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA in five career starts against Minnesota, both decisions coming this season as he allowed three runs in 5 2-3 innings in both outings.
Michael Bourn continued to hit Minnesota hard Friday, going 2 for 4 and driving in both of Cleveland's runs to make him 10 for 17 in four games against the Twins this year.
Jason Kipnis had been 12 of 24 with 12 RBIs in six games versus Minnesota this season before going 0 for 3 on Friday.
|Last Updated: 7/23/2018 2:36:22 PM EST|