Pregame notes: Cody Allen’s dominance, winning months and close games
The Tribe is 15-9 in August (4th in A.L., 5th in MLB) with 3 games remaining, as the club is now guaranteed to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month – excluding March/Oct. games, that is a feat the Indians have accomplished for the first time since April-July 1998.
Cleveland has won 4 straight and 5 of the club’s last 6 series (5-0-1), taking 2 of 3 in each of those 5 series victories (non-win was a two-game series split with Arizona)…Tribe’s last series loss overall came back on Aug. 6-7 at CIN (0-2), however Cleveland has not lost a series of at least 3 games in length since dropping 2 of 3 July 29-31 vs. SEA.
With a 2.84 ERA since the All-Star break, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors…that includes a 3.28 ERA by the rotation (4th in A.L., 6th in MLB) and a 2.05 ERA by the bullpen (lowest in the Majors).
Club’s 2.54 team ERA in August is the lowest figure in Majors this month (15-9 team record)…includes a 2.83 ERA by rotation (3rd in A.L. & MLB) and a 2.03 ERA by the bullpen (2nd in A.L., 3rd in MLB).
Cleveland’s rotation owns a 2.23 ERA (24 ER/96.2 IP) over the club’s last 16 games since Aug. 9 (11-5 record), collecting 106 K’s against 26 walks while holding opponents to a .198 clip (69-349)
That was close
The Indians have played 5 consecutive games decided by 2-or-fewer runs, going 4-1 in that stretch.
Cleveland is 37-29 (.561) in games decided by 2-or-fewer runs overall in 2014, 4th-best in the A.L. and 6th-best in the Majors behind New York-AL (.600, 42-28), Baltimore (.586, 41-29), Los Angeles-NL (.576, 38-28), Los Angeles-AL (.574) & Pittsburgh (.562, 41-32).
Cody Allen recorded his team-high 18th save last night (10th in A.L.), as he has now converted 17 consecutive save opportunities over a span of 37 appearances dating back to May 30 (0.74 ERA, 3 ER/36.2 IP, 12 BB, 50 SO, 137 AVG, 17-124).