Who’s hot/not for Indians & Giants?
Indians (11-11) at Giants (12-10)
Setting the scene: After going 4-3 on their recent homestand, the Indians head out to California for six games with three in San Francisco and three at Anaheim. The Indians took three of four from the Royals while the Giants lost two of three against the Rockies.
First pitch: 10:15 p.m. tonight; 4:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All three games are on SportsTime Ohio.
Probable starters: Tonight — RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.31) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (2-1, 2.40); Saturday — RHP Zach McAllister (2-0, 2.04) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (1-1, 6.43); Sunday — RHP Danny Salazar (0-2, 7.71) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 7.71).
Interleague matters: Cleveland took two of three from San Diego earlier this season. The Indians are 4-5 all time against San Francisco and were swept in their last trip to AT&T Park in 2011.
Who’s Hot for San Francisco: Offense — First baseman Brandon Belt is 12 for 35 over the past eight games and is tied for the National League lead in home runs with seven; Pitching — Jean Machi, who has four wins in relief, has allowed only one run over nine innings in 11 appearances this season.
Who’s Not for San Francisco: Offense — Shortstop Brandon Crawford is 2 for his last 18 and 7 for his last 33; Pitching — Hudson is 1-2 with a 6.33 ERA in eight previous appearances against the Indians.
Who’s Hot for Cleveland: Offense — Outfielder Michael Brantley has a five-game hitting streak and is 10 for 30 with three home runs and nine RBI over his last eight games; Pitching — The bullpen has stranded a Major League-best 32 of 35 inherited runners this season, including 11 straight over the past six games they have pitched.
Who’s Not for Cleveland: Offense — Carlos Santana, who is batting .137, went 2 for 19 on the homestand; Pitching — Carrasco has a no decision or loss in 16 starts dating back to 2011 and gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings last Sunday against Toronto. However, he is 3-1 record with a 2.35 ERA in six interleague appearances, including four starts.