Indians Game Information: April 20 vs. Blue Jays
CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-10) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (10-8)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.84) vs. RHP Brandon Morrow (1-1, 5.52)
Game #18/Home #9 » Sun., April 20, 2014 » Progressive Field » 1:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN
PICKED A BAD TIME TO BE IN LOVE
» The Indians dropped their third consecutive decision on Saturday afternoon – and second straight to Toronto – getting shut out 5-0 by southpaw MARK BUEHRLE (7.0+IP, 4 H) and the Blue Jays…COREY KLUBER (6.2 IP) worked into the 7th inning, but was touched for 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits…Cleveland was held to a season-low 4 hits, including just 2 from the 3rd inning on.
» Entering Saturday, the Indians had been one of 5 teams in the Majors that had yet to be shut out this season…that list is now confined to the Angels, Dodgers, Giants and Rangers.
WINS & LOSSES
» At 7-10 (.412), Cleveland is 3 games below the .500 mark to establish a new low water-mark for the season…Tribe’s high watermark of 2014 is 2 games above the .500 mark on April 4 (3-1) & April 9-G1 (5-3).
» Cleveland has lost 3 straight games to match club’s longest losing streak of the season (also April 9 G2-April 11)…Tribe has lost 4 of 5 and 7 of 9 after starting the year by winning 5 of first 8.
» Cleveland is 0-2 to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (0-2) & Kansas City (4 games)…Tribe finished recent weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip at 2-4 thru Chicago-AL (1-3) & Detroit (1-1)…club went 3-3 on first homestand of season vs. Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…Tribe began the year with a brief 3-game road trip, during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign…Cleveland will end April with a West Coast trip.
» Tribe is below the .500 mark both at Progressive Field (3-5) and one game below the .500 mark (4-5) on the road…team has gone 4-3 in night games, but 3-7 during the day.
A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS
» Cleveland holds 5th place in the A.L. Central standings, trailing Detroit (8-6) & Kansas City (9-7) – both tied for first place – by 2.5 games…only division with a smaller margin separating all 5 teams is A.L. East (Yankees & Red Sox separated by 2.0 games)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 4 days in 3rd place, 2 days in 4th place and 3 days in 5th place.
» The Indians are 3-6 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 4-4 outside the division.
» Now assured of a series loss to Toronto, the Indians are 2-3-1 in 6 series played so far this season (1-2-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road)…Tribe winless in last 3 series (0-2-1).
» Cleveland enters this afternoon’s tilt with a 1-4 record in series finales this season, dropping 4 straight since winning the Tribe’s first series finale in Oakland…club was 30-23 in finales last season.
ONE BRIGHT DAY
» Ten of Cleveland’s 17 tilts so far have been day games, but the Indians are just 3-7 (.300) in those contests…Tribe’s 10 day games played are 2nd-most in the A.L. & 4th in Majors behind Minnesota (13) and Chicago-NL/Cincinnati (11 each).
» Offense is batting just .238 (79-332) w/ a .696 OPS (.325OBP/.370SLG) in those 10 day games, while averaging 4.1 runs-per-game (41 R/10 G).
» Pitching staff has a 4.43 ERA (43 ER/87.1 IP) in day games, allowing 8 more runs (49) than Tribe’s offense has scored.
» Tribe went 34-20 (.630) in day games last season, the 2nd-best win pct. in the A.L. behind Boston at .651 (28-15).
SOUTH OF CANADA
» Cleveland has been held to 4 runs-or-less in 14 of the team’s last 16 games against Toronto dating back to the 2011 campaign (6-10 record).
» The Indians held a 4-2 advantage over the Blue Jays in 2013 (1st winning season vs. TOR since 6-4 mark in 2010), taking 2 of 3 at each ballpark…Cleveland’s offense was held to 4 runs-or-less in 5 of 6 meetings – including all 4 of team’s victories – as the Tribe’s pitching staff registered a 2.95 ERA (18 ER/55.0 IP) and one team SHO vs. TOR last season, including a 1.72 mark (9ER/47.0IP) in the 5 games in which Cleveland plated 4 runs-or-less.
» Cleveland has gone 50-35 (.588) all-time time vs. Toronto here at Progressive Field, but just 4-8 vs. the visiting Jays since start of 2011.
PANCHO & LEFTY
» With Saturday’s loss to Buehrle & the Blue Jays, Cleveland fell to 1-6 this season when facing a left-handed opposing starter…based on known probables, the Tribe is scheduled to face 3 straight righthanders before ending their 4-game series against Kansas City with back-to-back lefties (Vargas/Chen).
ANSWER THE BELL indians at a glance
» Cleveland’s pitching staff owns a 4.25 ERA (70ER/148.1IP), 10th in the A.L. this season…starting rotation’s 5.03 ERA (52 ER/93.0IP) is 3rd-highest in MLB ahead of only Arizona (7.50) and Minnesota (5.36), although Tribe hurlers have worked at least 6.0 innings w/2 runs-or-less in 3 of their last 5 starts (rotation avg.’ing almost 5.2 IP-per-start overall).
» Despite somewhat inflated numbers overall, the Indians pitching staff has worked 21.0 consecutive innings without surrendering a home run, as IAN KINSLER’s 3-run shot in the 5th inning of Thursday’s 7-5 loss at Detroit is the only big fly allowed by the Tribe over the last 4 games & 35.0 innings pitched.
AT THE BACK END
» With 2.1 scoreless frames yesterday, the Tribe’s bullpen has been largely effective thru first few weeks of the season, posting a 2.93 ERA (18 ER/55.1 IP) – 3rd in the A.L. – & a .212 (43-203) avg. against, 4th in A.L.
» Indians relievers have stranded 23 of 26 inherited runners for an A.L.-best 88.5% success rate, 2nd in the Majors behind only Los Angeles-NL (88.9%, 24-27).
INSIDE LOOKING OUT
» With 7 more men left on base last night and 19 in this series against Toronto, Cleveland has stranded 134 runners this season (nearly 8-per-game), 4th-most in the A.L. & T5th-most in MLB.
» The Indians are hitting just .208 (32-154) w/ runners in scoring position as a team, 12th in the A.L.
» The Indians are 0-for-14 w/ RISP thru 2 games of this series; meanwhile, the Blue Jays have gone 7-for-19 (.368)…over last 5 games, Tribe is batting .140 (6-43) w/ RISP.
» Cleveland is also hitting just .178 (30-169) with 2 outs, 2nd-lowest in the A.L. ahead of Houston (.138), as Brantley (.300, 6-20) is the only player with a qualifying two-out batting avg. above the .300 mark…6 of Brantley’s team-leading 14 RBI have come with 2 outs…after finishing with the 6th-most two-out runs in the Majors last season (292 of 745, 39%), Cleveland has plated 19 of the team’s 71 overall runs with two outs (26.8%).
GAME OF THRONES
» At the conclusion of this weekend set vs. Toronto, the Indians are set to finish their homestand with a 4-game set against the Kansas City Royals…Cleveland narrowly edged KC in the 2013 season series, winning 10 of 19 meetings, including 6 of 9 here at Progressive Field.
» Last season, the Royals (86-76) finished 3rd in the A.L. Central standings, 7 games behind first-place Detroit and 6.0 games behind 2nd-place Cleveland.
» Cleveland’s record through 17 games this season (7-10) matches club’s record through 17 games in 2013…club dropped 3 of next 4 to fall to 8-13 before a stretch that saw the Indians win 18 of their next 22 games, rising to 26-17.
» The Indians have played 17 games w/o going to extra innings this season, one of 6 teams yet to participate in bonus baseball…LAA, LAD & OAK lead Majors w/ 4 extra-inn. games each…Toronto has played one extra-inn. contest (12-inn. 2-1 loss 4/12 at BAL).
» Cleveland has lost both Sunday contests played this season and has gone 1-4 on weekends…Tribe was 36-18 in weekend games last year (18-9 on Sundays).
» Cleveland’s staff has averaged 9.47 SO/9.0 IP (156SO/148.1IP), 2nd-most in Majors behind only Washington (9.91SO/9.0 IP)…the Indians’ 156 K’s overall are T2nd-most in the A.L. with Toronto behind only Boston (158) and T5th-most in Majors.
» DH JASON GIAMBI (fractured rib) is expected to be activated from the 15-day DL on Monday…has appeared in 3G w/ Double-A Akron during rehab assignment.
THIS DAY IN MUSIC
» 1969: Influential Motown session drummer Benny Benjamin (“Papa Zita”) passed away at the age of 43 in Detroit, MI; Benjamin laid down drum tracks for hit singles like “Money (That’s What I Want)”, “My Girl”, “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and was credited with coining the name “Funk Brothers” to refer to his Motown studio bandmates…1996: Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack” debuted
at No. 1 on the UK singles chart…2012: With the man himself onhand, the city of Austin, TX unveiled a statue of Willie Nelson in front of the Moody Theater, where “Austin City Limits” is taped.
» BORN ON THIS DAY: (1948) Craig Frost, keyboardist for Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band; (1951) Luther Vandross; (1972) Stephen Marley, son of Bob & member of the Melody Makers.