Sept. 2 pregame notes: Stellar Carrasco, Tribe among league’s best at home, and more
After logging back-to-back scoreless starts since rejoining the Tribe rotation on August 10 at New York-AL, Carlos Carrasco has now allowed just 2 earned runs over 24.2 innings (0.73 ERA) racking up 24 strikeouts against just 3 walks; opposing batters have gone 11-84 (.131) with just 2 extra-base hits (1 HR, 1 2B)…Carrasco’s 0.73 ERA ranks 2nd in the American League (LAA Shoemaker; 0.66) among all pitchers who have made at least 4 starts over that span.
Even with allowing 12 runs on Monday night, Cleveland’s second-half team ERA rose only from 2.72 to 2.93, still 4th-lowest in the A.L. and Majors, trailing only Tampa Bay (2.57), Los Angeles-AL (2.77) and Seattle (2.79)…that includes a 3.23 ERA (87ER/242.2IP) by the rotation (5th in A.L., 6th in MLB) and a2.43 ERA (38ER/140.2IP) by the bullpen (5th in A.L., 6th in MLB).
The Tigers plated 9 of their 12 runs by way of 5 homers, most big flies allowed by Cleveland’s pitching staff all season since surrendering 5 HR’s back on June 15, 2013 vs. Washington.
With 6 games remaining in the 2014 season series between Cleveland & Detroit, the Indians hold a 7-6 edge over the Tigers, going 3-4 here at Progressive Field and 4-2 at Comerica Park.
August was the fourth straight month for Cleveland to finish .500-or-better – excluding March/Oct. games, that is a feat the Indians have accomplished for the first time since April July 1998…Tribe last had 5 such consecutive months May-Sept. 1997
Cleveland owns the 3rd-highest home winning pct. in the A.L., T5th-highest in the Majors at 39-26 (.600), winning 9 of 14, 16 of 26 and 36 of their last 57 games at Progressive Field following a 3-5 start.