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Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals Sept 2nd-4th, 2011

Postby GeronimoSon » Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:41 pm

Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals ,September 2nd to September 4th, 2011
Posted by GeronimoSon » Fri September 2nd, 2011, 1:42 pm

Entering the series...
Indians: 68-66, 2nd place in Central, 5 ½ GB of the Tigers. 29-36 on the road. 6-4 in last 10.
Royals: 57-81, last place in Central, 18 1/2 GB of the Tigers. 33-37 at home. 5-5 in last 10.
The Indians come into this brief three game series in Missouri after an 11 game home stand that saw them lose three of four to the Seattle Mariners, win two of three from the Royals and win three of four from the A's. The Royals just finished splitting a long ten game road trip to Toronto, Cleveland and Detroit. All five of the Royals losses during this roadie were by one runs. The Royals continue to take on the role of AL Central Division spoiler. Here's what we will be seeing during this weekend series:

Friday, 8:10 ET
Justin Masterson, RHP (10-8, 2.38) vs. Bruce Chen, RHP (10-5, 3.94)

Justin Masterson continues to be one of the top five pitchers in the AL during the 2011 season. Masterson also continues to get very little run support. Masterson has been good over his last four starts on the road. He has given up 9 earned runs w/ 26 K's over 25.2 IP's and a good 3.16 ERA. He continues to go deep into every start and should be able to do so again against these tough hitting Royals. Bruce Chen has had an inspired year with the Royals, being their most consistent starter. He is a junk thrower to the core. His last four starts at the Big K has seen him give up 10 earned runs w/ 14 K's over 23.2 IP's and a good 3.80 ERA against the CWsox, Orioles, Tigers and Yankees. In his last start against the Indians, he was able to stymie the Tribe on five hits and one earned run while pitching into the 8th inning

Saturday, 7:10 ET
David Huff, LHP (2-2, 2.08) vs. Luke Hochevar, RHP (9-10, 4.97)

David Huff recovered from his worst outing of this season (against the Tigers) as he shut down the the Athletics for six innings, earning a 2-1 win Monday. This outing will determine if Huff is the kind of pitcher the Indians can rely on to go deep into games, command his fastball down in the zone, work his cutter and mix in his curve ball or the guy who was bombed by the Tigers. Huff is making a case for being in the starting rotation for the remainder of the year and on into 2012 Hochevar had big run support (9 runs) in his last outing against the Tigers on Monday and earned the W. In his last four home starts, Big Luke has given up 15 earned runs w/ 19 K's over 22.1 IP's and a poor 6.04 ERA. Hochevar hasn't faced the Tribe since losing back-to-back starts against in Apri

Sunday. 2:10 ET
JeanMar Gomez, RHP (1-2, 4.55) vs. Jeff Francis, RHP (5-14, 4.64)

JeanMar Gomez had his best outing of the season in his last start against the Oakland A's, going six strong innings while surrendering no earned runs. JeanMar was able to settle in, nicely. Getting his two seam fastball in on left hander's for quality strikes was the key to his success against the A's. The A's, not exactly the juggernaut Yankees, were helpless as JeanMar was able to rack up four k's while giving up only one walk. Jeff Francis is similar, in many ways to Fausto Carmona. The command of his fastball has led to his Fausto-esque 5-14 record and mediocre 4.64 ERA. Francis is not without ability. Over his last two starts, Francis has been very sharp holding the Jays & Tigers to two runs in twelve plus innings. In his last outing against the Indians in Cleveland (July 29th), Francis dominated the Tribe, finishing 8 shutout innings. He can be one tough hombre if the Indians allow him to settle into a groove.

NOTES:
• First baseman Eric Hosmer homered twice on Wednesday, and he came back to drill another round-tripper in Thursday's win over Detroit. Hosmer, the third overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, has hit safely in 10 straight games and is batting .301 (55-for-182) since the break.
• The Indians have one more off-day (Sept. 12) this season and will play doubleheaders on Sept. 20 and 24.
• There is speculation that Grady may make a surprise return to the Indians for the start of this crucial three game series in Missouri.
• Mike Moustakas tied a Royals' rookie record by hitting in his 15th straight game on Thursday..
• KC Royals are currently ranked third in hitting in MLB with a 0.270 team BA.
• The big K is a doubles haven. The Royals have the second most doubles in MLB, trailing only the Boston Red Sox in their tricked up dump of a park. (yes.. and it smells bad there too)
• Cleveland is currently 24-24 in the division while the Royals are 22-33 this season.
• Jim Thome's return to the Indians gives the Indians a "BIG BOOST" as Thome has hit over .300 with 49 homers, 138 RBI's in 191 career games against the Royals.

AL Central Watch:
-The CWSox and Tigers begin a three game series starting this evening in Detoilet. Justin Verlander toes the slab for the Tigers while John Danks goes for the pale hose.
-Gavin Floyd faces Brad Penny in a 4:10 Fox Game of the Week afternoon affair on Saturday
-ESPN must have lost the itinery of the Red Sox and Yankees and will broadcast the CWSox and Tigers on Sunday Night Baseball. Here's hoping Mark Buehrle & the CWSox bullpen and Max Scherzer & the Tiger bullpen both give up 12 or 13 earned runs and take the game into the 19th inning.
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Re: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals Sept 2nd-4th, 20

Postby Bearcatbob » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:25 pm

Pestano sure has great stuff!
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Re: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals Sept 2nd-4th, 20

Postby Prosecutor » Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:05 am

Haven't seen the Tribe play in a week due to Hurricane Irene. Still no power.

Hope Asdrubal is OK. If he joins the ranks of the wounded we're toast. However, Grady and Kipnis are close to returning, and Choo might be ready when his 15 days are up in a week or so. These next five games are huge. Need to hang in there until reinforcements arrive.

Beating Chen last night was more than I hoped for. Great job by the depleted offense to get five runs in six innings, especially after being completely neutralized by Gio Gonzalez the day before. They finally beat a good lefty.

Pestano was the hero but Fuku singled twice against a very good lefty and scored each time, so his hot hitting continues. I kind of expect Hannahan to come back to earth after hitting .420 in Aug. There's no way he's not the A.L. Player of the Month, especially when you factor in his defense, multiple two-out hits with RISP, 16th inning game-winner, etc. OK, maybe Verlander has a shot.

Huge test for Huff today. The Royals lineup is fairly loaded. He needs to get the lefties and limit Butler and Frenchie Francoeur to singles or walks. At least we have a right-handed Royals starter to get after, one we've beaten before. Hope my power comes on by tonight.

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Re: Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals Sept 2nd-4th, 20

Postby GeronimoSon » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:39 am

Notes / Observations on last night's series opener in Missouri:..

Justin Masterson should never enter a "Dancing with the Stars" competition. That boy has two left feet.. size 16, no doubt... The way he handled the Royals, he should have walked off the hill with a three run lead.. ahh.. but alas, that's baseball...

Alex Gordon can really swat.. good thing he can't climb chain link fences..

Drooobs taking the ball off the top of knee cap is painful just thinking about it.. Hopefully, he won't be sidelined for any length of time.. but WOW.. OUCH and OUCH to the baseball he deposited over the left field wall...

Jason Donald needs to continue to play more.... (I'm sounding like a broken record... )

Shelly Duncan has no business being a starting OF'er in a pennant race.. Sadly, he's as good as the Indians have at the moment... Perhaps, the Indians may ask Matt LaPorta to shag some balls in the OF during his stay in Columbus. Can't hurt..

Cord Phelps is overmatched at this level right now. He needs more AB's,but, the AB's can't be used for him to develop at this time.. Luis Valbuena should NOT be an option going forward.. Hurry back Jason.. Hurry back Grady.. Hurry back Shin-soo..

Luke Hochevar gave up 12 runs in 12 innings in back to back starts to finish his month of April. That's the good news: The Indians have seen and hit him before. The better news.. the Indians hit him harder the second time they saw him.. Look for a good outing by the Wahoos at the Big K tonight...
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