Indians Game Information, July 23
CLEVELAND INDIANS (47-48, 3rd, -4.5 G) vs. BALTIMORE ORIOLES (51-44)
RHP Justin Masterson (6-8, 4.29) vs. RHP Tommy Hunter (4-4, 5.71)
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Progressive Field
TV: STO Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
WHAT’S GLOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?: After the team’s 5th consecutive miscue-free game yesterday afternoon, the Indians’ defense has been charged with just 7 errors over the last 26 games beginning June 23 for a .993 fielding %, which is 3rd-lowest of any team in the majors in that span…the Indians have played error-free baseball in 12 of the last 15 and all but 6 of those 26 contests overall; Cleveland’s .9866 team fielding% (48 E/3596 TC) is 3rd-best in the A.L. and 4th in the majors behind Seattle (.990), Chicago-AL (.989) and Cincinnati (.9869).
SERIES STUFF: The Indians enter tonight’s game looking to avoid their first series sweep in a 4-game series at Progressive Field since June 2-5, 2011 vs. Texas…Cleveland has gone 14-14-3 in 31 series overall in 2012 (6-8-2 at home; 8-6-2 on the road), losing 9 of the last 16 series (5-9-2)…the Indians are winless over their last 4 series a (0-2-2) following consecutive series wins, although the Indians are 2-1-1 over the last 4 series at Progressive Field…the Tribe has executed 4 series sweeps this season, while being swept by an opponent 4 times…Cleveland is 13-17 in series finales (7-9 at home), losing 3 straight and 11 of the last 15 after starting the year 9-6.
RECORD KEEPING: Cleveland has the 11th-best winning pct. in the A.L. at 47-48, T18th in majors…after a 1-4 start to 2012, the Indians have gone 46-44 (.511) over their last 90 games beg. April 13, which is 9th-best winning pct. in the A.L. in that span and 16th-best in the majors.