Sept. 4 pregame notes: Bauer scoreless streak, Salazar and more
The Indians posted their 11th team shutout of 2014 Wednesday night, T4th-most in the A.L. and T10th in the Majors – also the Tribe’s 6th shutout since the All-Star break, tied with the Angels for 2nd-most of any team in the Majors behind Tampa Bay (8)…Cleveland’s staff has tossed 6 shutouts at home and 5 on the road.
The Indians, excluding the pending outcome of suspended game of 8/31 at KC, have won 7 of 10 and are 18-11 (.621) since August 1 (14-7 since August 9).
Cleveland has won 4 straight and 9 of the last 12 games started by TREVOR BAUER…coming off back-to-back scoreless starts, he is currently riding a career-high 15.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak dating back to the 2nd inning of his start on Aug. 19 at Min…since July 1, Tribe has gone 5-1 in six series finales started by Bauer.
Danny Salazar became the first Indians pitcher to toss a CG shutout against Detroit since Jaret Wright on June 1, 1998 at Tiger Stadium – the first to do so in Cleveland since Orel Hershiser on June 5, 1995…according to MLB, Salazar (24 years, 235 days) became the youngest pitcher in the Majors dating back to at least 1914 to shut out the Tigers with 9+ K’s and zero walks.
Cleveland has posted a 2.83 ERA in the second half, 3rd-lowest in the A.L. and Majors…that includes a 2.98 ERA (85ER/257.0IP) by the rotation(3rd in A.L./Majors…TB: 2.94, SEA: 2.98)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).
With 590 total runs in 2014, Cleveland’s offense stands as the 9th-best run-producing offense in the Majors…that said, Tribe’s offense has been held to 3-or-fewer runs in 24 of club’s 43 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.