After a thespian Indians win in Game 1, a Red Sox are set to take on a Indians in Game 2 of a best-of-five ALDS in Cleveland on Friday afternoon.
Needless to say, each diversion in a best-of-five array is huge, and this one pits a span of aces with a loser Indians looking to squeeze a 2-0 lead.
Here’s a demeanour during a pitching matchup in Game 2.
Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14) vs. Red Sox
Kluber has a shot during his second Cy Young endowment in a final 3 seasons. He led a AL in FIP and ERA+ while distinguished out 227 hitters in 215 innings. His curve/slider (depending on who we ask) is really harmful when it’s working. He’s entirely able of going out and roughly single-handedly winning a game.
Of course, there is a mitigating business here. Kluber is entrance off a quad injury, and if that flares adult and causes an early exit, it would be difficulty for a Indians after a bullpen was extended a bit in Game 1. Not large trouble, usually trouble.
Kluber was indeed somewhat improved on a highway this season, yet a disproportion in a splits is negligible.
It’s another story with how good he’s come together down a stretch. He got off to a severe start, yet given a commencement of June, Kluber is 14-3 with a 2.61 ERA (he was 4-6 with a 4.15 before that).
He saw a Red Sox twice, holding a detriment on Opening Day (5 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER) yet grabbing a win on May 20 (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER). Note that both of those outings came before he indeed became dialed in this year.
Only 4 Red Sox have seen Kluber during slightest 15 times:
Smaller-sample-size goodness? Mookie Betts is 4 for 10 with a double and home run.
As for this stage, Kluber has never pitched in a postseason.
David Price (17-9, 3.99) vs. Indians
Price was really a workhorse in a initial year of his gargantuan deal, streamer a majors with 230 innings pitched and 951 batters faced. Of course, he also led a majors in 227 hits. He coughed adult 30 home runs too, good for a top home-run rate given his rookie year in 2007.
On that front, a Indians adore attack homers in Progressive Field. We saw a fusillade in Game 1, and that was an prolongation of a unchanging season, when a Indians strike 99 bombs with a .469 slugging commission during home as compared to 86 and .391, respectively, on a road.
As for Price on a road, he was somewhat improved this year (3.88 highway ERA vs. 4.11 during home).
Price struggled into a gate, posting a 5.55 ERA in his final 4 starts. Of course, we’ve seen in a past players onslaught streamer into a postseason and afterwards be fine. More discouraging would be his season-long issues with consistency.
The Indians saw Price on Opening Day and he was really good, distinguished out 10 in 6 innings while giving adult usually dual runs on 5 hits. Man, that was a prolonged time ago, though, wasn’t it?
In terms of Price vs. particular Indians hitters in their careers, we have a few guys who have seen him a lot. Mike Napoli has faced him 48 times, attack .227 with dual homers and 24 strikeouts. Carlos Santana, on a other hand, is attack .323/.432/.452 in 37 image appearances opposite Price. Jason Kipnis is attack .308 with a span of doubles in 26 PA. Small representation size? Lonnie Chisenhall is 4 for 11 (.364) with a double and home run.
The large thing with Price will be combating a idea that he can’t representation good in a postseason. He once threw a complete-game gem over a Rangers, yet that was technically a regular-season diversion (number 163) to get into a playoffs.
In a tangible postseason, Price is 2-7 with a 5.12 ERA. He’s had some good outings and some bad luck, yet also some flattering bad outings.
This one should be fun. It feels like it should be a pitcher’s duel, yet there’s also a possibility these absolute offenses burst all over a hostile pitcher. The array heads to Fenway Park for Game 3 on Sunday after this one. Will it be 2-0 Indians or 1-1?