|CLEVELAND ( KLUBER )|
TAMPA BAY ( PRUITT )
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-30||-8.4||28-39||4.9||0.259||0.334||0.424||0.758||3.9||0.237||0.288||0.388||0.676|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.4||1-6||2.4||0.170||0.240||0.284||0.524||2.6||0.208||0.258||0.309||0.567|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-39||+1.6||41-40||4.4||0.254||0.320||0.427||0.747||4.2||0.234||0.301||0.380||0.681|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||1-6||1.1||0.160||0.212||0.231||0.444||3.3||0.223||0.290||0.313||0.604|
|7/30/2017||TOMLIN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||1-3||L||-140||9.5 un||U||8||8||1||4||3||0|
|7/31/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||2-6||L||-125||10 ov||U||7||5||1||13||10||0|
|8/1/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||10-12||L||150||7 ov||O||13||6||1||15||7||0|
|8/3/2017||KLUBER(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||5-1||W||-155||8 ev||U||5||5||0||3||2||3|
|8/4/2017||BAUER(R)||NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||7-2||W||-115||9 ev||P||8||4||0||11||9||1|
|8/5/2017||SALAZAR(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||1-2||L||-135||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||5||6||0|
|8/6/2017||CARRASCO(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||1-8||L||-120||7.5 un||O||2||2||0||12||7||0|
|8/10/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||1-4||L||-130||8 un||U||4||4||1||10||10||0|
|8/11/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)||5-0||W||-125||8 un||U||7||7||0||3||5||0|
|8/12/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-0||W||135||7.5 ov||U||7||6||0||4||3||0|
|8/13/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||SALAZAR(R)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||CARRASCO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ENNS(L)|| |
|8/17/2017||CLEVINGER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||BAUER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|7/30/2017||FARIA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||5-3||W||145||9 ov||U||9||11||2||4||10||0|
|7/31/2017||COBB(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||7-14||L||135||9 un||O||7||7||1||17||9||0|
|8/1/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||6-4||W||-115||8.5 ev||O||12||7||0||7||4||0|
|8/2/2017||PRUITT(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||3-0||W||175||8.5 ev||U||9||10||1||5||7||1|
|8/3/2017||SNELL(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||5-3||W||130||9.5 un||U||8||10||0||9||6||3|
|8/14/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TORONTO||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|8/15/2017||SNELL(L)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|8/16/2017||FARIA(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|8/17/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||BIAGINI(R)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|TAMPA BAY: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Kevin Cash (third season)
Who's new? OF Colby Rasmus, OF/1B Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jumbo Diaz, C Wilson Ramos, C Derek Norris, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Shawn Tolleson
Who's gone? 2B Logan Forsythe, IF/OF Steve Pearce, OF Desmond Jennings, OF Mikie Mahtook, C Hank Conger, IF/OF Taylor Motter, C Bobby Wilson, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Steve Geltz, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, RHP Dylan Floro
Projected lineup: DH Corey Dickerson (.245, 24, 70), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.246, 12, 37, 21 SB), 3B Evan Longoria (.273, 36, 98), 2B Brad Miller (.243, 30, 81), RF Steven Souza (.247, 17, 49), LF Colby Rasmus (.206, 15, 54 with Astros), SS Tim Beckham (.247, 5, 16), 1B Logan Morrison (.238, 14, 43), C Curt Casali (.186, 8, 25)
Rotation: RH Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA), RH Jake Odorizzi (10-6, 3.69), RH Alex Cobb (1-2, 8.59 in five starts), LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.54), RH Matt Andriese (8-8, 4.37)
Key relievers: RH Alex Colome (2-4, 1.91, 37/40 SV), RH Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 with Indians), RH Danny Farquhar (1-0, 3.06), LH Xavier Cede'o (3-4, 3.70), RH Erasmo Ramirez (7-11, 3.77), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.51)
Hot spots: Shortstop and catcher. Tim Beckham and the combination of Curt Casali and newly signed Derek Norris are holding down the fort while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos recover from injuries. Beckham and Casali or Norris can at least try to make the situation awkward by hitting. That wasn't their strong suit last year, but the Rays will need someone to bat eighth and ninth while Ramos (knee surgery; out until July) and Duffy (Achilles surgery; out until May) heal.
Outlook: How do you fix a team that ranked eighth in the AL in ERA and 14th in runs scored? If you're the Rays, you trade away your second-best hitter (Forsythe) for a pitcher who will start the season in Triple-A (De Leon), then sign an outfielder with a .641 OPS (Rasmus) to be your second-highest paid player. Expectations for a team with the third-lowest payroll in the game shouldn't be high to begin with. Getting Duffy and Ramos back from the DL will help, but not enough to slow rumors of Archer, Cobb and Odorizzi getting traded if they pitch well.
|Struggling Rays must face Indians' Kluber|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays are mired in the worst offensive slump in their history, scoring eight runs in eight games with five shutout losses in that stretch.
Now they have to face Cleveland's Corey Kluber.
The Rays (59-59) are back at .500 for the first time in nearly two months -- they were 35-35 on June 16 -- and as they struggle to stay in the American League wild-card chase, they'll close out a three-game series with the Indians against another All-Star pitcher.
"More of the same. I don't have any explanation," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after Saturday's 3-0 loss, their second straight shutout against Cleveland. "We are in an offensive funk. It is what it is. We are going to get out of it eventually. We need to turn things around. I think the guys know that. ... Get ready to face a good pitcher in Corey Kluber tomorrow."
Kluber is 10-3 with a 2.65 ERA, coming off back-to-back complete games, the last a three-hit, one-run gem in a win over Colorado. Kluber has struck out at least 11 batters in five straight starts as well.
Kluber is making his eighth career start against the Rays, with a 2.23 ERA and somehow only a 3-2 career record. He last faced the Rays in June 2016, tossing a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts.
Cleveland's dominance on the mound has also gotten an assist behind the plate -- Roberto Perez not only called a strong game on Saturday but threw out a runner trying to steal third base, taking away a potential scoring threat. He worked with Mike Clevinger in taking away the Rays' bats again on Saturday.
"They both had a plan, they followed it and executed it, and that's how you get wins and how you throw shutouts," Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said, "by following your catcher and executing the pitches that you have to execute."
The Rays, meanwhile, send rookie Austin Pruitt, who has moved from the bullpen and the minors in a recent rash of injuries to Tampa Bay starters. Pruitt is 6-3 but carries a 5.14 ERA. He pitched well in his last start, holding Boston to one run in six innings, getting the Red Sox to go 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Pruitt has fared much better as a starter than a reliever. His ERA in the bullpen was 6.91 in 17 appearances, but as a starter it's 2.66. He has made four starts and held opponents to one run or fewer in three of them.
Pruitt has never faced the Indians, but this will be the third All-Star he has faced in four starts, joining Houston's Dallas Keuchel and Boston's Chris Sale.
"Good pitching and us not having our timing at the plate right now -- those two things happening at one time, you are going to spiral offensively, and I think that's what we've done here in the last five, six games," Cash said. "It's unfortunate, but we have to have to bounce back somehow."
|Last Updated: 11/18/2017 9:21:32 PM EST|