9/21 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 in Cleveland

SALE VS. BAUER

 

Now everyone can breathe a nice sigh of relief. Heath Hembree giving up the grand slam just made people across the internet made people mutter “here we go again”. Steven Wright, the unlikely bullpen savior, came in and fired off three scoreless innings. He retired nine out of ten Yankees batters, and deservedly got his 3rd Win of the season.

Entering last night, the Sox offense had scored just 12 Runs in their previous five games. The bats just broke out against a laboring Tanaka, Betances and Chapman as they scored 11 Runs off of 13 Hits & 4 Walks. Nine of those runs came with 2 outs, the clutch hitting came roaring back. A sight for sore eyes was Mookie going 4 for 5, 2 Doubles, HR and 5 RBIs. His three homerun to left field all but sealed him being the favorite to nab MVP honors.

Chris Sale takes the mound for the Sox, with just two starts left of the regular season. This is the 2nd straight solid pitching matchup he finds himself in. Though it will be another abbreviated one as he and both Bauer are going to be on limited pitch counts. Sale after throwing 42 pitches over 3 innings, will now have a pitch limit of 65 pitches. His next start after against the Orioles, will be a normal start for him.

It’s been 18 years since the last time a Sox starter had a sub 2 ERA, naturally that was Pedro with an amazing mark of 1.74. Looking at Sale’s last nine starts (two of them being limited), it’s PlayStation type numbers.

9 starts (6-0, 0.19 ERA)

48 innings, 25 Hits, 1 Run, 0 HRs, 6 Walks, 83 Ks

Sale faces his arch nemesis, the Cleveland Indians. Sale last faced last season in two starts….. He went 0-1 with a 14.63 ERA. That was 14 Runs (13 ER) in just 8 innings of work.

Trevor Bauer takes the ball for Indians, in his return to the rotation after being gone since August 11, having suffered a fractured fibula. Luckily for the Indians and their fans, it was not a season ending injury. Set for an ALDS date with the Astros, Francona’s job is now easing him back into the rotation to get him ready.

Bauer, like Sale, was having his name tossed around for Cy Young consideration. While having an undeserving 12 Wins, he still carries a 2.22 ERA to go with 214 Ks in 166 innings…. Before this season his career low ERA was 4.19 last year, and career best in Ks was also last year with 196 in 176.1 innings.

Another comparison with Sale having trouble with Cleveland, is the fact that Bauer can not handle these Red Sox, albeit in just 5 games (4 starts).

19.2 innings, 30 Hits, 18 Runs, 6 HRs, 9 Walks, 22 Ks


Chris Sale — Career vs Cleveland Indians in 29 games (18 starts), 5-8 with a 4.78 ERA. Career at Progressive Field in 14 games (7 starts), 2-4 with a 4.63 ERA.


Cleveland Indians:

Greg Allen —–

Yonder Alonso – 0 for 6, 3 Ks

Brandon Barnes – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) 6 Ks

Michael Brantley – 7 for 36 (.194 avg) 2 Doubles, 4 RBIs, Walk, 12 Ks

Melky Cabrera – 3 for 14 (.214 avg) HR, RBI, 4 Ks

Rajai Davis – 9 for 30 (.300 avg) 3 Doubles, Triple, RBI, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

Yandy Diaz – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Double, RBI, Walk

Josh Donaldson – 8 for 31 (.258 avg) 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 9 Ks

Edwin Encarcion – 6 for 17 (.353 avg) 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 4 Walks, 3 Ks

Yan Gomes – 6 for 25 (.240 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, RBI, Walk, 5 Ks

Erik Gonzalez —–

Brandon Guyer – 4 for 11 (.364 avg) HR, 2 RBIs, 3 Walks, 3 Ks

Eric Haase —–

Jason Kipnis – 5 for 20 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk, 5 Ks

Francisco Lindor – 10 for 22 (.455 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Roberto Perez – 3 for 9 (.333 avg) Double, RBI

Jose Ramirez – 8 for 19 (.421 avg) Double, RBI, 4 Walks, K

Adam Rosales – 7 for 20 (.350 avg) 3 HRs, 6 RBIs, Walk, 7 Ks


Trevor Bauer — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 5 games (4 starts), 2-2 with an 8.24 ERA. Career at Progressive Field in 81 games (77 starts), 32-20 with a 3.98 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 2 for 6 (.333 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Ks

Mookie Betts – 4 for 11 (.364 avg) 3 Doubles, HR, 4 RBIs, 4 Ks

Xander Bogaerts – 4 for 11 (.364 avg) Double, Triple, 3 RBIs, Walk, 3 Ks

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Rafael Devers – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, Walk, K

Brock Holt – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) Triple, RBI, Walk, 4 Ks

Ian Kinsler – 9 for 29 (.310 avg) Double, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, 3 Ks

Sandy Leon – 0 for 1, Walk, K

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 9 for 22 (.409 avg) Double, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, 5 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 3 for 11 (.273 avg) Double, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks

Eduardo Nunez – 5 for 16 (.313 avg) Walk, 3 Ks

Steve Pearce – 2 for 7 (.286 avg) RBI, 3 Ks

Brandon Phillips – 0 for 7, 2 Walks, K

Blake Swihart – 0 for 2, Walk

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 0 for 2, Walk

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