Corey Kluber can take another step toward a third

Corey Kluber can take another step toward a third

Postautor: laiyongcai92 » 12 sty 2019, o 08:09

Cy Young Award when he opens the Cleveland Indians‘ three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.But the ace right-hander can do something else even more important — pitch his team even closer to clinching the American League Central.It won’t be easy against the red-hot Rays.Article continues below ...Tampa Bay Kirby Puckett Jersey , still a long-shot wild-card hopeful, completed a sweep of a three-game series with an 8-3 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. The Rays have won seven of their last eight and 16 of their last 19 games, are 14 games above .500 for the first time this season and have won a franchise record-tying 11 straight in their building.They are 32-8 at the Trop since June 11.The Rays, who outscored the woeful Orioles 32-10 in three games, are 24-11 since the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.“Good way to wrap up the series,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said after Sunday’s game. “We had an opportunity to (get a three-game sweep) in Toronto and fell a little bit short. Today, the guys came out and put some pressure on their young pitcher (Josh Rogers), which is good to see. Brandon Lowe with the big (three-run) home run. Kind of the separator right there.”Despite losing in Toronto and the Twins winning at home Sunday, the Indians, running away with their division, are in position to clinch in St. Petersburg. Their magic number is five , so it’s clearly just a matter of time.The Rays went to Cleveland from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 and won twice, losing only to Kluber, who allowed no runs and two hits in seven innings.Kluber (18-7, 2.75 ERA), who is 2-0 with an 0.66 ERA in his last two starts, goes for his MLB-leading 19th victory. He is 7-1 in his last nine starts as he tries to hold off other Cy contenders, including Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.Kluber is 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA in nine career games against the Rays and 2-1 with a 3.38 in four starts at Tropicana Field.Reliever Diego Castillo will be the “opener” for the Rays on Monday night for the second time in three days as Tampa Bay goes to its new formula for success for the third straight game.MVP candidate Jose Ramirez provided a Cleveland highlight in Sunday’s loss, joining Joe Carter and Grady Sizemore as the only Indians players with 30 home runs and 30 steals in a season.“I feel really happy about that,” Ramirez said through a translator. “I kind of feel the same way about both (homers and steals).”Teammate Francisco Lindor, who hit his 34th homer of the season, said Ervin Santana Jersey , “Not a lot of people do it in history. It’s a special number. He’s having a great season, and I’m very happy for him.”The current Rays roster is a combined 11-for-57 (.193) against Kluber. Carlos Gomez, who homered Sunday, is 1-for-8 (.125), but the hit was a home run. Ji-Man Choi is 1-for-7 (.143).The Indians are expected to activate Andrew Miller from the 10-day disabled list before Monday night’s game. He has been out — for the second time this season — with a left shoulder injury since Aug. 29.Tommy Pham, bothered by a hamstring, started at DH for the Rays on Sunday and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games. DENVER (AP) — The immediate picture for the Colorado Rockies looks grim: a slumping offense that couldn’t support solid pitching led to a quick end of Rocktober .The larger view, now that’s one third baseman Nolan Arenado prefers to take with him into the offseason.Although the season ended with a three-game sweep by Milwaukee in the NL Division Series, the Rockies took a step forward in 2018. A year ago, they were eliminated in the NL wild-card game. This season, they beat Chicago in the wild-card contest to make it to the division series , only to run into the Brewers and their dominant arms.Colorado (91-72) won the second-most games in franchise history and came one victory short of its first NL West title. The bats simply went silent at the wrong time.“It’s on the offense,” said Arenado, whose team hit a franchise-worst .256 in the regular season. “We couldn’t get anything going. But it was a solid year. We played really well.”On a gloomy Sunday at Coors Field, the Rockies were eliminated when they were held to four hits in a 6-0 loss. Fans booed.Arenado gets it. The Rockies hit .146 against Milwaukee and scored in one of 28 innings.“It’s October. You’ve got to do something,” said Arenado, who was kept in the park after hitting an NL-leading 38 homers in the regular season. “I wasn’t able to.”Big decisions loom for general manager Jeff Bridich: Possibly a long-term deal with Arenado, eligible to become a free agent after the 2019 season. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and 38-year-old Matt Holliday, who was recalled by the team on Aug. 23 and hit .283 down the stretch, all can go free in a few weeks.“I’ve left every season knowing I’m probably going to come back and probably going to play a lot,” LeMahieu said. “The thought it might be my last game as a Rockie Jason Castro Jersey , obviously, it’s a little bit more emotional.”The Rockies were eight games out of the NL West lead on June 28. The team went 52-29 the rest of the way, including 9-1 down the stretch, to force a one-game tiebreaker for the division title. It was the start of quite an arduous trip — to LA, where the Rockies lost 5-2, and on to Chicago for a 2-1 win in 13 innings to advance. Then, off Milwaukee and finally back home.That was a lot of miles.“Rough on everybody,” Gonzalez said. “But we grind all year and everybody should feel proud.”Along the way, Colorado developed a young rotation that featured hard-throwing German Marquez and Denver native Kyle Freeland, whose 2.40 ERA at Coors Field was the lowest for a Rockies starting pitcher.“Last year we got a little taste of the postseason with the wild card and this year we got into the NLDS and kind of showed the world what this team is capable of,” Freeland said. “It’s very exciting to see what can come.”Things to know after the Rockies made back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in franchise history:STANDINGS RECAP: The Rockies spent 29 days either leading or tied for the top spot in the NL West. They were all over the standings , including in fourth place for a total of 22 days. “Our guys played their butts off, man,” manager Bud Black said. “They really did.”HOME GROWN: The Rockies became the first team since the 2011 Tampa Bay Rays to exclusively use starting pitchers who never played for another major league team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The starters went 59-43 with 883 strikeouts and logged 84 quality starts. “They pitched great,” Arenado said. “They gave us a chance to win.”ALL-STARS: Shortstop Trevor Story, outfielder Charlie Blackmon and Arenado made the All-Star team this season. They struggled in four games during the postseason, going a combined 10 for 49 with three RBIs.SEE YOU NEXT SPRING?: LeMahieu hopes to be back next season. Arenado vows to be back — possibly with a new deal. “This is a business. I know things can get a little weird with that side of stuff,” Arenado said. “I expect to be here.”THE NUMBERS: Marquez set a franchise-record with 230 strikeouts. … Story led the NL in extra-base hits with 85. … Closer Wade Davis led the NL with 43 saves. … Adam Ottavino had 112 Ks, the most by a reliever in team history. … The Rockies batted .225 on the road, their lowest mark in franchise history.
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