Indians Game Information: April 21 vs. Royals

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CLEVELAND INDIANS (8-10) vs. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (9-8)

RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 2.04) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 4.34)

Game #19/Home #10 » Mon., April 21, 2014 » Progressive Field » 7:05 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Indians lineup:

  • Bourn 8
  • Swisher 3
  • Kipnis 4
  • Chisenhall 5
  • Brantley 7
  • Cabrera 6
  • Giambi DH
  • Murphy 9
  • Gomes 2
  • McAllister 1

THEY’RE GUARANTEED TO RAISE A SMILE

» The Indians snapped a 3-game losing streak on Sunday, taking the series finale from Toronto 6-4…MICHAEL BRANTLEY opened the scoring with a solo HR in the 2nd and a 2-out, RBI-double in the 4th; the Blue Jays held a 4-2 advantage until DAVID MURPHY connected for a 2-out, 3-run double in the 6th to take a 5-4 lead (4 of Tribe’s 6 runs scored with 2 outs)…JOSH OUTMAN (3-0) earned win to frontline a Tribe ‘pen that tossed 3.1 scoreless frames…JOHN AXFORD notched his 6th save.

» Sunday’s pivotal plate appearance marked the second 3-RBI extra-base hit off a lefty for Murphy in the last 9 days, as he also tripled with the bases loaded off White Sox southpaw DONNIE VEAL on April 12 at Chicago-AL (12-6 win)…for his career, Murphy is 12-for-34 (.353) vs. LHP with the bases loaded (ELIAS).

WINS & LOSSES

» At 8-10 (.444), Cleveland is 4 wins shy of the club’s high-water mark this season (+2G, twice, last 5-3 after G1 on April 9) and one loss shy of club’s low-water mark (-3G, 7-10 on April 20).

» Cleveland snapped a 3-game losing streak (matched longest of ‘14)…Tribe has lost 4 of 6 and 7 of 10 after starting the year by winning 5 of first 8…last pair of back-to-back wins came on April 8 & April 9 (G1).

» Cleveland is 1-2 to begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand against Toronto (1-2) & 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 (4-5) and on the road (4-5)…team has gone 4-3 in night games, but 4-7 during the day.

A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS

» Cleveland holds 5th place in the A.L. Central standings for a 4th consecutive day, but sits just 2.5 games behind first place Detroit (9-6)…only division with a smaller margin separating all 5 teams entering today was the A.L. East (first-place Yankees separated from last place BAL/BOS/TB 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 4 days in 5th place.

» The Indians are 3-6 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013) and 5-4 outside the division.

SERIES STUFF

» With 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 has gone 4-2 in series openers, dropping 2 of the last 3 after winning 3 straight lid-lifters to start the year…Tribe went 26-27 in series openers last year, but that included a 17-10 mark in lid-lifters at Progressive Field.

THE ACT YOU’VE KNOWN FOR ALL THESE YEARS

» The Indians are set to finish current homestand with a 4-game set against the Kansas City Royals, who currently sit in 2nd place with a 1.5-game lead over the Tribe…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 & 6.0 games behind 2nd-place Cleveland.

THE ONE AND ONLY BILLY SHEARS

» DH JASON GIAMBI (fractured rib) was activated from the 15-day DL earlier today…has appeared in 3G w/ Double-A Akron during rehab assignment…will be on Tribe’s active roster for first time since 2013 A.L. Wild Card Game vs. Tampa Bay…Indians were 13-5 last season when getting at least one RBI from Giambi and 6-3 when he homered.

» To make room for Giambi, the Indians optioned RHP BLAKE WOOD to Triple-A Columbus.

PICTURES OF YOU

» This week’s series between the Indians & Royals features two of the league’s most productive closers so far this season, as JOHN AXFORD is tied w/ Kansas City’s GREG HOLLAND for the A.L. lead w/ 6 saves, T3rd-most in Majors behind Dodgers’ KENLEY JANSEN & Brewers’ FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ (7 each).

IS THIS HEAVEN?…IT’S IOWA.

» Today marks the 25th anniversary of “Field of Dreams” in movie theaters across the U.S back in 1989…the screenplay was based on W.P. “Bill“ Kinsella’s novel, “Shoeless Joe,” published in 1982.

 

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS indians at a glance

» Cleveland enters today with two of the American League’s top 5 RBI producers so far this season, as MICHAEL BRANTLEY (3rd, 16) and DAVID MURPHY (T4th, 15) are both off to fast starts.

» Dating back to Saturday, April 12, Brantley (9) and Murphy (9) have accounted for 18 of the team’s 29 RBI over Cleveland’s last 7 games (club has scored 31 runs overall in that span).

» All of Murphy’s starts have come in the 7th spot-or-lower, but despite fewer at-bats than many other players on the list, Murphy has averaged at least one RBI every 3.47 at-bats (52AB/15RBI), the 3rd-highest rate in the Majors this season…Brantley ranks 6th in the Majors with one RBI-every-4.19 AB, while his 5 go-ahead RBI are T2nd-most in the A.L. behind Oakland’s JOSH

DONALDSON (6).

 

FASCINATION STREET

» The Indians & Royals enter tonight’s opener a combined 6-0 in games started by their respective probables tonight, as team records sit at 3-0 for both ZACH McALLISTER (2-0, 2.04) and JEREMY GUTHRIE (2-0, 4.34).

» Both of McAllister’s victories have come in his past 2 toes of the rubber, posting a 0.66 ERA (1 ER/13.2 IP), a .184 (9-49) opponents’ avg. and 4 extra-base hits (all doubles)…McAllister has not allowed a home run over 25.0 consecutive innings dating back to last season (last HR allowed: Brandon Laird, 2nd. inn. On 9/20 vs. HOU).

FIXING A HOLE

» With 3.1 scoreless frames yesterday, the Tribe’s bullpen has been largely effective thru first few weeks of the season, posting a 2.76 ERA (18 ER/58.2 IP) – 3rd in the A.L. – & a .213 (46-216) avg. against, 4th in A.L.

» Indians relievers have stranded 24 of 27 inherited runners for an 88.9% success rate, 2nd in the Majors behind only Boston (89.3%, 25-28).

ARROWHEADS

» The Indians have played 18 games without going to extra innings this season, one of just 4 teams yet to participate in bonus baseball, along with the Reds, Rockies & Padres…the Angels, Dodgers, Mets & A’s lead the Majors w/ 4 extra-inn. games each… Kansas City has split a pair of extra-inn. decisions, both on the road: 2-1 loss 4/2 at DET (10 inn.), 6-4 win 4/16 at HOU (11 inn.)…there have been 29 total extra-inn. games in MLB this season.

» JOHN AXFORD is tied with Kansas City’s GREG HOLLAND for the A.L. lead with 6 saves, T3rd-most in the Majors.

» Cleveland’s staff has avg’d 9.38 SO/9.0 IP (164SO/157.1 IP), 2nd-most in Majors behind Washington (10.03SO/9.0 IP)…Indians’ 164 K’s overall are 3rd-most behind BOS (167) & LAA (165).

» LONNIE CHISENHALL is penciled in as the Tribe’s clean-up hitter tonight, marking the 3rd time in his career to start in the No. 4 spot…each of the previous 2 instances also came against Kansas City at Progressive Field on Sept. 29 & 30, 2012 (3-for-10, 2B, RBI)…Chisenhall is 5-for-10 with one HR & 4 RBI lifetime vs. Guthrie.

BACKING BOSTON

» The Cleveland Indians would like to extend well wishes to the City of Boston on Patriots’ Day, as athletes from around the globe participate in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

» Indians MGR TERRY FRANCONA went 7-1 overall on Marathon Monday/Patriots Day during 8 seasons w/ the Red Sox (2004-11), who began scheduling games on that local holiday in 1959.

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