8/20 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Sox Indians Playoff Preview?

 

For the 2018 regular season the Red Sox and Indians square up seven times, and rather oddly the first game doesn’t take place until today August 20. Luckily the Sox don’t have to face current injured players like Trevor Bauer (Cy Young candidate) and Edwin Encarcion. In this 4 game series we might see preview of the Sox’s potential opponent in ALCS, if both teams are able to advance past the ALDS. The Sox haven’t lost a series since the end of June (Yankees series). As long as they get a split. everything’s gravy.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox. Winning tonight would give him his 16th W of the season. His 2016 CY Young campaign has been the only season of winning more than 15 games. This would also tie him with Luis Severino and Max Schjerzer for the most Wins in baseball. Two of his last three starts have been his best starts of the season, and both opposing playoff opponents (Philly, New York).

(2-0, 1.13 ERA)

16 innings, 3 Hits, 2 Runs (2 solo HRs), 0 Walks, 19 Ks

Porcello’s last regular season start vs the Indians was May 22, 2016. That was a victory, allowing 2 runs in 5.2 innings. The last overall time he faced them was in the ALDS of that year. It was a clunker, as he gave up 5 Runs (3 HRs) in 4.1 innings.

Corey Kluber takes the ball for the Indians. Like Porcello, Kluber is also looking for his 16th win of the season. This season has been what Kluber does every year out, holding a 2.68 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and opp .215 avg. The only head turner is the HRs allowed. Through his career, batters have to work hard to get a ball over the fence. Career high allowed is 22 HRs, those coming in years where he pitched 222 and 215 innings respectively. In 168 innings, he has already allowed 21 HRs. He is also having a low K rate compared to other years, currently 160 Ks in 168 innings.

Kluber last faced the Red Sox on Aug 23, 2017. He took the undeserving loss, pitching 7.2 innings of 2 run ball. He walked one batter while striking out twelve.


Rick Porcello — Career vs Cleveland Indians in 22 starts, 10-4 with a 3.35 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 63 starts, 33-23 with a 4.40 ERA.


Cleveland Indians:

Greg Allen —–

Yonder Alonso – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs

Michael Brantley – 8 for 33 (.242 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 4 Walks, 2 Ks

Melky Cabrera – 15 for 28 (.536 avg) 4 Doubles, Triple, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, K

Rajai Davis – 3 for 8 (.375 avg) Triple, RBI, K

Yandy Diaz —–

Yan Gomes – 5 for 13 (.385 avg) 2 Doubles, K

Erik Gonzalez —–

Brandon Guyer —–

Jason Kipnis – 10 for 31 (.323 avg) Double, HR, 8 RBIs, 4 Walks, 5 Ks

Francisco Lindor – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) K

Roberto Perez – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) Double, K

Jose Ramirez – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) K


Corey Kluber — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 10 games (9 starts), 2-4 with a 4.45 ERA. Career at Fenway Park in 4 starts, 1-1 with a 3.96 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Mookie Betts – 5 for 14 (.357 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 1 for 14 (.071 avg) Double, RBI, 3 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3 for 13 (.231 avg) 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 3 Walks, 3 Ks

Brock Holt – 5 for 17 (.294 avg) 3 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Ian Kinsler – 9 for 49 (.184 avg) 2 Doubles, Triple, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 14 Ks

Sandy Leon – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) K

J.D. Martinez – 8 for 28 (.286 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 7 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 2 for 10 (.200 avg) HR, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 1 for 10 (.100 avg) RBI, 5 Ks

Steve Pearce – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) K

Blake Swihart – 0 for 5, Walk, K

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