Bauer and Porcello Battle in the Center of the Diamond in ALDS Game 1
Bob Toth | On 06, Oct 2016
The moment that fans of the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox have been waiting for has finally arrived – the American League Division Series begins Thursday night from Progressive Field.
It will be the fifth time in the 116-year histories of the two organizations that the teams have met in the postseason and the first since 2007, when the clubs had an intense seven-game American League Championship Series that culminated with a World Series sweep by the Red Sox over the Colorado Rockies. The two also stood in opposite dugouts on the postseason stage in 1998 and 1999. The Indians hold the edge in the postseason series, 11-8, sweeping the 1995 series and winning three of four in 1998 before the Red Sox won the 1999 matchup in five games and again in 2007.
Cleveland will look to benefit from the home field advantage it gained over Boston on the final day of the regular season. The Indians were 53-28 at Progressive Field this season and are 7-3 in the playoffs all-time at home when hosting the Red Sox.
Thursday, 10/6/16 (8:00 PM ET in CLE) – RHP Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15 ERA) vs. RHP Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26)
Friday, 10/7/16 (4:30 PM ET in CLE) – LHP David Price (17-9, 3.99) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14)
Sunday, 10/9/16 (4:00 PM ET in BOS) – RHP Josh Tomlin (13-9, 4.40) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (8-10, 4.78)
Monday, 10/10/16* (TBD in BOS) – TBD vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.71)
Wednesday, 10/12/16* (TBD in CLE) – TBD vs. TBD
TV (all games) – TBS
Radio (all games) – Indians Radio Network; WEEI 93.7 FM, ESPN Radio (Boston)
LINEUPS (Updated as of 10/6/16)
|P||Cody Allen||Matt Barnes|
|Cody Anderson||Clay Buchholz|
|Trevor Bauer||Joe Kelly|
|Mike Clevinger||Craig Kimbrel|
|Corey Kluber||Drew Pomeranz|
|Jeff Manship||Rick Porcello|
|Zach McAllister||David Price|
|Andrew Miller||Eduardo Rodriguez|
|Dan Otero||Robbie Ross Jr.|
|Bryan Shaw||Koji Uehara|
|Josh Tomlin||Brad Ziegler|
|C||Chris Gimenez||Sandy Leon|
|Yan Gomes||Christian Vazquez|
|IF||Jason Kipnis||Xander Bogaerts|
|Francisco Lindor||Marco Hernandez|
|Michael Martinez||Aaron Hill|
|Mike Napoli||Brock Holt|
|Jose Ramirez||Dustin Pedroia|
|Carlos Santana||Hanley Ramirez|
|OF||Lonnie Chisenhall||Andrew Benintendi|
|Coco Crisp||Mookie Betts|
|Rajai Davis||Jackie Bradley Jr.|
|Brandon Guyer||Chris Young|
The Red Sox won the season series between the two clubs, taking two of three in both Cleveland and Boston.
The two clubs opened the season against one another, with weather cancelling two games. The home opener was replaced on an off day on Tuesday, April 5, as Price defeated Kluber in a 6-2 win. The Indians claimed the second game, 7-6, but the Red Sox won the makeup game in mid-August by a 3-2 count.
The series at Fenway Park was much less close. Cleveland won the series opener, with Kluber defeating Buchholz in a 4-2 win, but Boston took the latter two games with 9-1 and 5-2 victories. The Red Sox outscored the Tribe by a 31-18 count in the six games.
BAUER’S BIGGEST GAME
What an incredible journey it has been for Bauer in 2016.
After unsuccessful in his bid to make the starting rotation during spring training, the former starter was sent to the bullpen as manager Terry Francona was very clear that Bauer’s turn would come at some point during the season. That statement rang quite true as the Indians rotation saw an ineffective Anderson lose his starting spot, Carlos Carrasco succumb to injury twice, and Danny Salazar miss the end of the season with an injury of his own.
Bauer provided the Indians with the stability that they desperately needed as they attempted to plug the leaks in the dam repeatedly with arms from Triple-A Columbus, often with lesser results than desired.
The right-hander now gets the task of being the ALDS Game 1 starter, an epic rise from his bullpen banishment to start the season.
PORCELLO WORTH EVERY PENNY THIS SEASON
The 27-year-old Porcello had easily the biggest season of his career and earned the more than $20 million he received for his services this season from the Red Sox. He signed a four-year contract extension with Boston at the start of the 2015 season that will pay him $82.5 million over the length of the contract.
He led the AL with 22 wins this season and was second with an .846 winning percentage on the mound for Boston, using a 5.91 strikeout-to-walk rate to keep opposing teams at bay. He racked up career highs with 33 starts, 223 innings pitched, and 189 strikeouts along the way while walking a career-low 32 batters of the 890 that he faced. His 1.01 WHIP was second-best in the league.
A former first round pick of the 2007 draft by the Detroit Tigers, Porcello will make his third career postseason start and ninth appearance overall. He owns an 0-2 record in the playoffs with a 4.41 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 16 1/3 innings. He has a 10-4 career record against Cleveland in the regular season in 22 starts with a 3.35 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He won his only start against the Indians this year, allowing two runs on five hits in five and two-thirds innings.
In an interest side note to the game, Porcello is the grandson of former Indians infielder Sam Dente, who began his MLB career with the Red Sox in 1947 and spent 141 games in a Cleveland uniform in 1954 and 1955 while going 0-for-3 in five plate appearances in the 1954 World Series with the Tribe.
The two teams share several familiar faces.
Francona will make his first postseason appearance across the field from the team he broke the curse with back in 2004. He will be opposed on the other side by John Farrell, who spent parts of five different seasons with the Indians from 1987 to 1990 and returned to the club for one game in 1995.
Farrell is joined in the dugout by Carl Willis, Ruben Amaro Jr., and Torey Lovullo, who all worked in the Indians organization in some capacity as players or coaches. Francona’s bench coach, Brad Mills, served on his staff while with the Red Sox. Current Indians advance coach and staff assistant Scott Atchison was a reliever for both organizations during his career.
Current Indians players Crisp, Martinez, Miller, and Napoli have all suited up during their careers with the Red Sox. Napoli was with the club from 2013 to 2015, until his trade last season to the Texas Rangers, when he made his seventh trip to the playoffs in his career. Miller spent time in Boston from 2011 to 2014, making the transition from starter to one of the top relief arms in the game. Crisp was in his second season with the Red Sox in 2007 when the club won its second World Series in a four-year span. Martinez spent time in Boston this year after being designated for assignment by the Indians, who would later reacquire the utility man off of waivers.
Joined by Farrell in Boston are former Indians starters Pomeranz and Steven Wright. Neither appeared in the Majors with Cleveland, but spent time in the Indians farm system before being traded away. The left-handed hitting Shaw did not play for the Indians, but he is tied to the city and the team – the Ohio native attended Kent State University after high school and is the son of former Indians first round pick, reliever Jeff Shaw.
Kluber and Price will match up in Game 2 on Friday afternoon from Progressive Field.
The Indians ace Kluber is a top candidate for the AL Cy Young Award this season after going 18-9 before a quad strain cut short his regular season. Price made a career-high and MLB-leading 35 starts this season and was tops in the game with 230 innings pitched while striking out 228 batters, fourth in the league. The postseason has always been a trouble area for the southpaw, who is just 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA in 14 career playoff games, including eight starts.
Photo: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong