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high-stress September for the postseason-bound Cleveland Indians
11.04.2019, 05:15:38
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CLEVELAND — With a 14-game lead in the American League Central Brett Gardner Jersey , it will not be a .But the Indians do have some priorities in the last month of the regular season. One of them involves their starting pitcher on Friday night when they host the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a three-game series at Progressive Field.That pitcher is Corey Kluber, whom the Indians would like to get on a roll going into the postseason. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has had an up and down second half of the season, which started at the All-Star break, during which he received an injection to deal with right knee inflammation.Article continues below ...Since getting that injection, Kluber has been better, but not to the level he consistently pitched to last year when he won his second Cy Young Award. In his last 13 starts, Kluber is 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA.That includes his last start this past Saturday against the Kansas City Royals, the lowest scoring team in the American League.Kluber lost that game 7-1, pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs and nine hits, with six strikeouts and two walks.“He threw a couple fastballs that he didn’t locate real well, and they made him pay http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey ,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “They jumped on him pretty good when he made mistakes.”One of Kluber’s nemesis this year has been the home run ball. With a month still left in the season, he has already given up 22 home runs, matching his career high. Left-handers have hit 13 of the 22 home runs Kluber has allowed, including one by lefty-swinging Lucas Duda in the Kansas City start.“I left a couple fastballs in the middle of the plate that they hit,” Kluber said of the start vs. the Royals. “Some pitches I felt like I executed them pretty well, but they put them in play and found some holes, so you tip your cap. It wasn’t perfect by any means. It was one of those days that I felt could have gone better, but it is what it is.”Kluber’s start Friday will be his first against Tampa Bay since Aug. 13, 2017, when he beat the Rays 11-3, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs and four hits Brian Roberts Jersey , with nine strikeouts and two walks. In eight career starts against Tampa Bay, Kluber is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA.Kluber’s mound opponent will be right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who will make his first career appearance against Cleveland. Glasnow is a combined 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA for Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. He was part of the July 31 trade between the Rays and Pirates in which pitcher Chris Archer was traded to Pittsburgh.Glasnow has appeared in 39 games, five of them starts. He was 1-2 with a 4.34 ERA in 34 relief appearances with the Pirates, and he is 0-1 with a 3.80 ERA in five starts for Tampa Bay.In his last start for the Rays, Glasnow received no decision in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 win over Kansas City on Aug. 23. He pitched five innings, giving up three runs and five hits, with eight strikeouts and three walks. ATLANTA — Atlanta left-hander Sean Newcomb has been worn down by his first full season in the major leagues. That’s why the club has given him an additional day of rest between his most recent starts, a tactic that’s help the youngster regain his effectiveness.Newcomb (11-6, 3.57 ERA) will be on the mound for the Braves Wednesday when they complete their two-game series against Tampa Bay at SunTrust Park. Tampa Bay had not announced its starting pitcher on Tuesday night.The Braves won the first game of the series on Tuesday and improved to 3-0 against Tampa this season. Atlanta won 9-5 and broke Tampa Bay’s eight-game winning streak. The victory improved Atlanta’s record to 74-57 and extended their lead in the National League East to 4 1/2 games.Article continues below ...Tampa Bay (70-62) remains a long shot to make the playoffs — the Rays are nine games out of the second wild car spot — but manager Kevin Cash isn’t too concerned with the standings.“I’m more concerned with we’re playing the Braves,” he said. “And then we’re playing the Indians. Two first-place clubs. We just got done playing the Red Sox. This is a very challenging part of the schedule. We’re going to have to play really good baseball to come up with a successful road trip.”After giving up a combined 12 runs in successive starts Thurman Munson Jersey , Newcomb was given five days of rest and responded with six shutout innings against the Marlins. It slowed the damage he has suffered this month, when his ERA is 5.48 and he has allowed 13 runs in 21 1/3 innings.Newcomb made one appearance against the Rays on April 8 and fired six shutout innings with six strikeouts.“The changeup being good has been a big help,” Newcomb said. “It’s starting to be something to keep guys off my fastball.”The Braves will try a way to cool off Tampa third baseman Matt Duffy. He has hit safely in six straight games and went 2-for-5 in the series opener. During his hitting streak, Duffy is hitting .461 (12-for-26) and has multiple hits in five of his last six games.Left fielder Tommy Pham has been hot, too, since returning from the disabled list with a dislocated finger. He went 3-for-5 on Tuesday and is hitting .472 (9-for-19) over his last four games.Tampa Bay will try to find an answer for Atlanta center fielder Ender Inciarte. He was 4-for-4 on Tuesday and hit his ninth homer, his second in the last week. Inciarte is batting .533 (8-for-15) over his last four games.“We need him to come through for us as much as he can,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.Tampa Bay added right-handed pitcher Andrew Kittredge to the roster when ex-Braves outfielder Mallex Smith went on the disabled list with a viral infection. Smith left the hospital and was able to run and work out in Tampa on Tuesday.The Braves are on the verge of getting right-handed reliever Shane Carle back from the disabled list. He was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett for a rehab appearance after missing 21 games with right shoulder inflammation. Veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy is also close to returning from the disabled list.
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