Tribe Needs to Take a Big Bite Out of Big Apple
Bob Toth | On 05, Aug 2016
After the Yankees took three of four from the Indians when the two teams met in July, it only seemed fair that New York paid Cleveland back by delivering them an All-Star reliever in Andrew Miller by the end of the month.
Chances are that the Yankees (54-54) will be doing the Indians no more favors this season as they host the Indians in three games this weekend to wrap up the season series between the two teams. Things have not gone the way that they had hoped in the Big Apple, as the Yankees were sellers at the deadline, moving Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Ivan Nova, and Carlos Beltran to replenish the farm system a bit. The team has hovered around the .500 mark and has dropped six of its last eight, but is in fourth place in the American League East Division, seven and a half games in back of first place Baltimore and five and a half games out in the AL Wild Card race.
The Indians (61-45) have held off the hard charging Detroit Tigers, who were victors of eight straight games before falling in their series finale with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. The Indians wrapped up their homestand with a 5-4 record by salvaging the series against the Twins on Thursday with a 9-2 victory after being outscored 35-16 through the first three games. They bring a three-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central into the series and have a 30-25 record on the road, second to Toronto’s 30-23 mark for the best record away from home in the AL.
PITCHING PROBABLES and NOTES
Tomlin will face off with the team he made his Major League debut against on July 27, 2010. He gave up one run on three hits over seven innings and claimed the win. He is 1-2 in his career in four starts at Yankee Stadium, but is 3-2 overall in his career against New York, including a win last season when he allowed one run over seven innings of two-hit baseball. The Indians are the only American League team that Pineda has never faced in his career. He owns an 11-10 record at Yankee Stadium.
Kluber is 1-1 at Yankee Stadium in his career in two starts. He earned his second career win against the Yankees earlier this season by throwing eight innings of one run ball while striking out eight. He has allowed one run or less to the Yankees in three of his four career starts. Sabathia will round out the battle of former Indians Cy Young winners. This will be his eleventh career start against his former club, who he owns a 4-2 record against. He allowed five runs on seven hits over five and two-thirds innings in a no-decision earlier this season against the Tribe.
The 29-year-old Carrasco has been ace-like in three career starts at Yankee Stadium, posting a 3-0 record, a 0.48 ERA, and a 0.86 WHIP, including wins in each of the last two seasons. He is 4-3 overall in nine career games against the Bronx Bombers. Tanaka took a no-decision in July in his shortest career outing against Cleveland. He is 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in three starts with a 1.79 WHIP.
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Austin Adams (RP) – optioned to Triple-A Columbus (August 3)
Cody Anderson (P) – optioned to Triple-A Columbus (August 4)
Shawn Armstrong (RP) – recalled from AAA (August 3); optioned to AAA (August 4)
Michael Brantley (LF) – 60-day disabled list (May 10) – right shoulder inflammation, right biceps tendinitis
Joey Butler (OF) – accepted outright assignment off of 40-man roster to Triple-A Columbus (August 5)
Mike Clevinger (SP) – recalled from Triple-A Columbus (August 4)
Joe Colon (RP) – 15-day disabled list (July 22) – right shoulder inflammation
Yan Gomes (C) – 15-day disabled list (July 17) – separated right shoulder
Erik Gonzalez (UTL) – optioned to Triple-A Columbus (August 5)
Tommy Hunter (RP) – 15-day disabled list (July 16) – non-displaced lower back fracture
Colt Hynes (RP) – signed to a minor league contract, reporting to Double-A Akron (August 4)
Jeff Manship (RP) – 15-day disabled list (July 27) – right wrist tendonitis
Michael Martinez (UTL) – claimed off of waivers from Boston (August 4)
Ryan Merritt (P) – recalled from AAA (August 4); optioned to AAA (August 5)
Shawn Morimando (P) – recalled from Triple-A Columbus (August 5)
Tyler Olson (RP) – designated for assignment (August 4)
New York (AL):
Dustin Ackley (UTL) – 60-day disabled list (May 30) – June 2016 right shoulder surgery for dislocation
Johnny Barbato (RP) – recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (August 4)
Greg Bird (1B) – out for season – recovery from February 2016 shoulder surgery
Ben Gamel (OF) – optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (August 3)
Chad Green (P) – recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (August 4)
Bryan Mitchell (RP) – 60-day disabled list (March 31) – recovery from April 2016 left toe surgery
Conor Mullee (P) – 15-day disabled list (July 2) – carpal tunnel syndrome-like symptoms
Chris Parmelee (1B) – 15-day disabled list (June 10) – right hamstring strain
Branden Pinder (RP) – out for season – recovery from April 2016 Tommy John surgery (April 21)
Gary Sanchez (C) – recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (August 3)
AL CENTRAL STANDINGS
The Yankees took three of four from the Indians when the teams met during the second week of July, but the Indians outscored them 27-25.
Two of the three losses for Cleveland were by one run, including a 7-6 loss in extras on July 9. Kluber was the victor in the only win, a 10-2 final on July 8.
TEIXEIRA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Aging and oft-injured first baseman/designated hitter Mark Teixeira announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, effective at the end of the season, during the afternoon on Friday.
It has been a tough year for the 36-year-old switch-hitter, who is in his 14th MLB season. He has spent time on the disabled list and has appeared in just 77 games for the Yankees while hitting .198 with a .287 OBP with eight doubles, ten homers, and 27 RBI.
GREGORIUS LEADING THE WAY FOR THE YANKEES
Shortstop Didi Gregorius had a strong series against the Indians in Cleveland last month, going 6-for-16 (.375) in the four games. He had a pair of doubles, two homers, and drove in three.
Gregorius is the leading active hitter on the Yankees roster. He is hitting .290 for the season with a .320 OBP with a team-high 22 doubles. He has added 12 homers and 48 RBI, second-best on the club after Beltran, who will collect any additional RBI this year with the Texas Rangers.
Gregorius has slumped some since the All-Star break, hitting .257 with six doubles, one homer, and seven RBI in that span.
GARDNER GETTING ON BASE
Brett Gardner was a pest as well in the earlier series with the Tribe, hitting .294 in the four games with five hits, including a double and a triple, while driving in a team-leading six runs in that stretch.
The numbers over the rest of the year for the Yankee left fielder have not been as impressive, as he is hitting .256 with 13 doubles, three triples, seven homers, and 27 RBI. He has drawn 48 walks to lead the club in OBP with a .348 mark.
McCANN CAN STILL MASH
Catcher Brian McCann led the team with a .467 average and .467 on-base percentage in the series after collecting seven hits in 15 at bats. He had a pair of doubles, hit a homer, and drove in three against the Tribe.
He leads the club with 15 homers and is second with 42 RBI (ignoring Beltran’s 22 homers and 64 RBI before his trade). He is hitting just .236 for the season, but with his team-leading 38 walks, he has a .333 OBP. Since the break, he has hit just .185 with a .274 OBP in 15 games.
LINDOR LOVED YANKEES PITCHING
All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor hit .438 with a .526 on-base percentage against the Yankees at Progressive Field with three doubles, three walks, and four singles in the four-game set.
It fits in with his solid all-around performance this season. He is hitting .306 for the year with a .358 OBP in 105 games. He has 20 doubles, a triple, 13 homers, and has driven in 55 runs while scoring 72 times, tops on the club. He is hitting .310 since the All-Star break.
KIPNIS PUT ON A CLINIC AGAINST NY
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis hit three separate solo home runs when the Yankees came to Cleveland in July. He hit .500 for the series (8-for-16) with two doubles and three singles in addition to his homer total.
Kipnis is hitting .285 for the year with 22 doubles, four triples, 18 homers, and 59 RBI and .329 in the second half with four homers, four doubles, and ten RBI.
NY PITCHED AROUND NAPOLI
Mike Napoli hit .333 in the last series with the Yankees, a team he saw plenty while a member of the Boston Red Sox. He had four hits in 12 at bats, including a homer, and drove in five runs. He walked seven times, pushing his on-base percentage to a club-best .579 in the series.
Since the break, Napoli leads all of baseball with his nine homers. His 16 RBI lead the club in the second half and he has hit .299 with a .390 OBP. He has pushed his season batting average to .253 and he leads the club with 27 homers and 77 RBI as one of the most underrated offseason signings in baseball.
MARTINEZ BACK, GONZALEZ SENT TO COLUMBUS
The Indians claimed the 33-year-old Martinez off of waivers from Boston on Thursday. The utility man hit .283 in 32 games with Cleveland earlier in the season after being called up from Triple-A Columbus. He was purchased by the Red Sox from the Indians on July 8, but appeared in just four games for Boston, hitting .167 in limited action as a shortstop and right fielder.
Gonzalez, who had been used sparingly since his call-up, was returned to Triple-A Columbus to make room on the 25-man roster and Olson was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man. Gonzalez was 1-for-9 (.111) during his stay with the Indians with a walk and two runs scored while playing second, third, and short as a defensive replacement and making one start and one replacement appearance in right field.
Cleveland will take Monday off before playing a two-game set in the nation’s capital against the Washington Nationals. Trevor Bauer and Clevinger are expected to start in the series for the Tribe.
New York will also take Monday off before starting a three-game series with the Red Sox in Boston on Tuesday.
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