Pregame notes Aug. 28: Success vs. Danks, 30 in 30, Kipnis at home and more
Heading into Thursday’s finale against the White Sox, Indians are unbeaten (4-0-1) in the team’s last five series, and are 8-5 in series rubber matches this season.
According to Elias – if completed – the team’s current stretch of 30 games in 30 days would mark Cleveland’s longest consecutive streak of game dates since May 21 – June 27, 1968 when the Indians played 41 games over a span of 38 consecutive dates (3 DH’s).
The Indians have gone 13-8 all-time in starts by Sox southpaw John Danks (7-2 in Chicago)…Cleveland is 18-20 in games started by opposing lefties overall this season, but has gone 8-4 vs. LH starters since July 1 (5-4 since the All-Star break).
Jason Kipnis has hit safely in 24 of his 26 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field, batting .378 (37-98)/.462/.622 with 7 2B’s, one 3B, 5 HR, 22 RBI and 11 SB (11-for-11).
Since becoming a full-time starter in 2012, his 22 RBI are most by any visiting player…his 5 HR are T3rd-most by any visiting player since start of 2012 behind only Asdrubal Cabrera and Justin Morneau (6 each)…his 11 steals are 3 more than any other visiting player (Rajai Davis, 8).
Tribe’s 2.60 ERA in August is the 2nd-lowest figure in Majors this month (14-9 team record) behind only Seattle (16-8, 2.59)…includes a 2.90 ERA by rotation (4th in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.09 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB)