|CLEVELAND ( TOMLIN )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( MOORE )
|925||CLEVELAND||-120||Ov 8.5,-115||-120||Ov 8.5,-110|
|926||SAN FRANCISCO||+110||Un 8.5,-105||+110||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-17||-9.7||11-22||4.6||0.254||0.329||0.400||0.729||4.0||0.245||0.314||0.383||0.697|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.7||4-2||5.0||0.270||0.347||0.456||0.803||3.7||0.230||0.290||0.356||0.646|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-40||-22.6||28-28||4.0||0.242||0.298||0.377||0.675||5.0||0.282||0.339||0.456||0.795|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.2||5-2||3.4||0.243||0.292||0.389||0.680||6.1||0.303||0.361||0.518||0.879|
|7/4/2017||KLUBER(R)||SAN DIEGO||CAHILL(R)||0-1||L||-315||8 un||U||5||7||0||5||4||1|
|7/5/2017||BAUER(R)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)||2-6||L||-245||9 ev||U||14||9||1||13||9||1|
|7/6/2017||TOMLIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||11-2||W||-190||9 ov||O||14||8||0||5||3||3|
|7/14/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||0-5||L||-135||7.5 un||U||4||6||1||6||4||1|
|7/15/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ OAKLAND||BLACKBURN(R)||3-5||L||-220||7.5 ov||O||5||5||0||6||2||0|
|7/16/2017||BAUER(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||3-7||L||-105||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||10||7||0|
|7/17/2017||TOMLIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|7/18/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)|| |
|7/19/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/4/2017||CAIN(R)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)||3-5||L||187||10 ov||U||5||3||0||9||4||0|
|7/5/2017||BLACH(L)||@ DETROIT||NORRIS(L)||5-4||W||165||11 ov||U||9||8||0||9||6||0|
|7/6/2017||STRATTON(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-6||L||155||11 un||U||5||4||0||8||5||0|
|7/14/2017||CUETO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||5-4||W||-110||8 un||O||14||9||0||11||11||1|
|7/15/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)||3-5||L||-130||7.5 un||O||6||7||0||7||4||0|
|7/16/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CAHILL(R)||1-7||L||-120||7.5 un||O||9||8||1||11||3||0|
|7/20/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||SAN DIEGO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|7/21/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||SAN DIEGO||CAHILL(R)|| |
|7/22/2017||MOORE(L)||SAN DIEGO||PERDOMO(R)|| |
|7/23/2017||BLACH(L)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)|| |
|7/24/2017|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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.
|SAN FRANCISCO: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Who's new? RHP Mark Melancon, C Nick Hundley, IF Jae-Gyun Hwang
Who's gone? OF Angel Pagan, OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Santiago Casilla, RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Javier Lopez
Projected lineup: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 12 SB), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17 , 82), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), 3B Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), LF Jarrett Parker (.236, 5, 14) or Mac Williamson (.223, 6, 15)
Rotation: LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA), RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Giants and Rays), RH Matt Cain (4-8, 5.64)
Key relievers: RH Mark Melancon (2-2, 1.64, 47/51 SV with Nationals), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21) or Josh Osich (1-3, 4.71), RH Cory Gearrin (3-2, 4.28), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53)
Hot spot: Bullpen and left field. No team blew more saves last year than the Giants. The front office hopes it found the answer by signing three-time All-Star closer Melancon to a (then-record) four-year, $62 million deal, and by cutting ties with Romo and Casilla. They will need to replace Will Smith, a key lefty who tore his UCL in spring training. Veteran outfielder Pagan left after five seasons in San Francisco. Rather than fill his shoes via free agency or trade, the unproven tandem of Williamson and Parker is expected to share time in left.
Outlook: The Giants have an established core of position players, and an enviable 1-2 rotation punch in Bumgarner and Cueto. That's probably why the front office did little in the offseason besides overhaul the back end of the bullpen. Hwang, who hit 26 home runs and drove in 104 last year in Korea, is an intriguing addition to the bench. Mostly the Giants are counting on continuity. Former NL MVP Posey is coming off a below-average season by his standards, and sparkplug Pence missed nearly two months last year with a hamstring injury. Expecting both to bounce back isn't a stretch, and new closer Melancon is as good as they come. At full strength, this Giants team should be able to give the Dodgers a good run.
|Indians cross bay to face Giants|
SAN FRANCISCO -- Something will have to give over the next three days when two of the season's worst teams in interleague play, the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants, meet in a series that begins Monday night.
Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin and Giants lefty Matt Moore, each struggling through a losing season, will square off in the opener.
The Indians are the American League's losingest team in interleague play this season, having gone 3-11. Their .214 interleague winning percentage is better than just one AL team -- Oakland (2-8, .200).
Coincidentally, the first-place Indians were swept by the A's in the three-game series to open the season's second half on the east side of the San Francisco Bay.
Cleveland's traveling party didn't even need to change hotels to move on to its next series on the west side of the Bay Bridge.
The Giants, meanwhile, are 3-7 in interleague play. Their .300 winning percentage is better than just two National League teams -- Philadelphia (3-8, .273) and St. Louis (3-8, .273).
Neither the Indians nor the Giants have won an interleague series this season.
Cleveland will begin the series on a four-game losing streak, equaling its longest tailspin since July 2015.
"It's discouraging for a number of reasons," Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday after Cleveland's 7-3 loss, a contest in which his starting pitcher, Trevor Bauer, couldn't finish the first inning. "You're trying to salvage a game out of the series and you're down four before you can even look up. That's a hard way to play, and then you go through your whole bullpen. That wasn't our goal for today."
Tomlin (5-9, 5.90 ERA) is coming off a strong effort in an 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres on July 6. He allowed just two runs and four hits in seven innings in recording his first win since June 15.
The 32-year-old had been roughed up for 13 runs and 25 hits over 15 innings in his previous three starts.
Tomlin has never faced the Giants in his career.
The teams have not met since 2014, when San Francisco swept a three-game home series to run its winning streak against the Indians to seven straight.
The Giants lead the all-time series 12-4, counting a stunning four-game sweep in the 1954 World Series over a 111-win Indians club. The Giants were playing out of New York at the time.
Moore (3-9, 6.04 ERA) will be facing the Indians for the first time as a Giant. He made six starts against Cleveland earlier in his career as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, logging a 2-1 record and 3.81 ERA.
The 28-year-old has won just once in his past 10 starts dating back to May 19, going 1-5 over that stretch.
His most recent outing was one of his worst. He was bombed by the Miami Marlins for five runs and 12 hits in 3 1/3 innings in a 6-1 loss on July 7.
"We've got to get him back on a roll and back to who he was last year," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Moore, who went 6-5 with a 4.08 ERA after joining San Francisco at the trade deadline last summer. "Everybody has their hiccups, individually and as a team. That's the humbling part of this game. That's why you've got to keep on pushing."
Like the Indians, the Giants haven't been firing on all cylinders since the All-Star break. In a series highlighted by Madison Bumgarner's return from a shoulder injury, San Francisco lost two of three at San Diego in a duel of the bottom two teams in the NL West.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2017 2:30:32 PM EST|