9/22 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 2 in Cleveland

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Even with a scheduled abbreviated start by Sale and a spring training lineup (against Indians everyday lineup), the Red Sox still found a way to come out on top. The stars of the game were Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin who went a combined 4 for 9, double, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs. Both of them hitting their first career homeruns. An important note about the seven runs they scored, ALL of them came with 2 outs. On Thursday against the Yankees, nine of their eleven runs came with 2 outs. Great to see that bats connecting when it matters most again.

With a limited pitch count, Sale was effective as seven of the ten outs he made were by via strikeout. He didn’t walk any batters, but gave up a little more contact that he was hoping for. Though the two runs wasn’t a lot, it still raised his ERA to 2.00. He now has one start remaining against the hapless Orioles.

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Sox, looking for his team leading 18th Win of the season. Before taking the mound in Game 3 of the ALDS, Porcello still has some kinks to work out. His season ERA is now at 4.30, which the highest it has been all season. The 2nd half has been the definition of up & down to the tune of a 4.62 ERA. His 13 HRs allowed this half, is one away tying his first half’s amount…. But with a difference of pitching 60 more innings.

While Porcello has had a good experience facing the Indians in the past, his previous start against the Indians wasn’t so hot. On August 20 taking the loss, he went 7 innings but allowed 5 Runs off of 5 Hits and walking 6 batters, accompanied with only 3 Ks.

Mike Clevinger takes the ball for the Indians, in the first 30 start season of his young career. He has a 12-8 record, but that comes with a 3.06 ERA and 196 Ks in 188 innings. Something quite remarkable that once Clevinger reaches 200 Ks, he will become the team’s FOURTH pitcher to reach that mark. Of the four starting pitchers, the highest ERA belongs to Carlos Carrasco with a mark of 3.35… could be quite the imposing rotation in October, especially if Bauer returns to form.


Rick Porcello — Career vs Cleveland Indians in 23 starts, 10-5 with a 3.51 ERA. Career at Progressive Field in 12 starts, 5-3 with a 2.84 ERA.


Cleveland Indians:

Greg Allen – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) HR, 2 RBIs

Yonder Alonso – 4 for 12 (.333 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, K

Brandon Barnes – 0 for 3, 2 Ks

Michael Brantley – 9 for 36 (.250 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 4 Walks, 2 Ks

Melky Cabrera – 17 for 31 (.548 avg) 4 Doubles, Triple, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks, K

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

Yandy Diaz – 0 for 3, K

Josh Donaldson – 12 for 39 (.308 avg) 2 Doubles, HR, 2 RBIs, Walk, 10 Ks

Edwin Encarcion – 13 for 40 (.325 avg) 5 Doubles, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs, 7 Ks

Yan Gomes – 5 for 16 (.313 avg) 2 Doubles, 2 Ks

Erik Gonzalez —–

Brandon Guyer —–

Eric Haase —–

Jason Kipnis – 10 for 33 (.303 avg) Double, HR, 8 RBIs, 5 Walks, 6 Ks

Francisco Lindor – 2 for 11 (.182 avg) 2 Ks

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

Jose Ramirez – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) 2 Ks

Adam Rosales —–


Mike Clevinger — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 2 starts, 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA. In those two starts, he has been battered around for 9 ER off of 11 Hits AND 8 Walks in 7.1 innings, while striking out 6 Indians batters. Career at Progressive Field in 39 games (31 starts), 14-7 with a 3.39 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 2 for 3 (.667 avg) HR, 2 RBIs

Mookie Betts – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) 3 RBIs, 2 Walks, K

Xander Bogaerts – 0 for 3, Walk, K

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 0 for 3, K

Rafael Devers – 2 for 4 (.500 avg) Double, K

Brock Holt – 0 for 2, 2 Walks, K

Ian Kinsler – 1 for 9 (.111 avg) 2 Walks, 2 Ks

Sandy Leon —–

Tzu-Wei Lin —–

J.D. Martinez – 4 for 4 (1.000 avg) 2 Doubles, RBI, 2 Walks

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 2, Walk, K

Eduardo Nunez – 2 for 8 (.250 avg) Double, RBI

Steve Pearce —–

Brandon Phillips – 0 for 6, 3 Ks

Blake Swihart —–

Sam Travis —–

Christian Vazquez – 3 for 4 (.750 avg) Double

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