Sept. 3 pregame notes: Close games, Carrasco, Salazar and more
Despite last night’s loss to Detroit, Cleveland is 39-30 (.565) overall this season in games decided by one or two runs, 4th-best in the A.L. & 5th in Majors.
Carlos Carrasco did not factor into the decision despite holding Detroit to a single run and fanning 10 over 5.1 IP (one BB); he became the first starting pitcher in Indians franchise history to reach double-digits in both hits (10) and strikeouts, while completing fewer than 6.0 innings…according to Elias, only one other pitcher in last 7 seasons has a start of that nature: John Lackey, July 5, 2014 vs. Baltimore-G2 (5.1 IP, 10 H, 5 R-ER, 1 BB, 11 SO).
According to Elias, last night’s game marked the first time in modern baseball history (Since 1900) for each team’s starting pitcher to record at least 10 strikeouts in fewer than 6.0 innings. Detroit starter Kyle Lobstein also had 10 strikeouts
In five starts since re-joining the Tribe rotation, Carrasco has allowed just 3 earned runs in 30 innings (0.90ERA), with 34 strikeouts in that stretch.
The Indians have posted a 2.89 ERA in the second half, 4th-lowest in the A.L. and Majors…that includes a 3.08 ERA (85ER/248.0IP) by the rotation (3rd in A.L./Majors…TB: 2.80, SEA: 3.04) and a 2.56 ERA (41ER/144.1IP) by the bullpen (5th in A.L./Majors).
Dating back to the first Mid-Summer Classic in 1933, the Indians have posted a sub-3.00 ERA in the second half on just 3 occasions: 1954 (2.49), 1968 (2.88) and 1972 (2.82).
The Indians offense has been held to 3-or-fewer runs in 24 of the club’s 42 completed games since the All-Star break, although Cleveland has managed to go 9-15 in those games overall thanks in part to an 8-6 record in decisions by one-or-two runs.