Tribe week in review
CLEVELAND — The Indians were 2-3 last week, splitting their series against the Tigers and dropping two of three to the Blue Jays. They are 8-10, which is the same record they had at this point last year.
A look back at the week that was and looking ahead to the next two series:
Last Tuesday’s game at Detroit was the Indians’ third postponement of the year, but a makeup date has not been announced. The most logical possibility would be for it to be made up when the Tribe visits Detroit July 18-20, which is the first series after the All-Star break. The previous postponements against the Athletics and Padres were made up as doubleheaders the same series.
Zach McAllister pitched six solid innings and Yan Gomes two-run triple in the second ended up being the difference in last Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Tigers. In his last 13 2/3 innings pitched, McAllister has given up only one earned run while striking out 11 and walking only two.
The Indians were shut out for the first time on the season in a 5-0 loss to Toronto last Saturday. The Tribe didn’t get a runner to third during the game as Blue Jays left hander Mark Buehrle became the American League’s first four-game winner and lowered his ERA to 0.64.
David Murphy, whose three-run double on Sunday helped the Indians avert a series sweep, is averaging an RBI once every 3.5 at-bats. Murphy is fourth in the AL in RBI (16), and second in batting average with runners in scoring position (.500).
Michael Brantley is third in the AL in RBI with 17 and had two home runs last week.
Danny Salazar has given up 12 earned runs in 14 innings pitched and has an ERA of 7.71. Salazar said after last Thursday’s loss in Detroit, where he gave up five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, that he was going to look at video of last year and this season to pinpoint areas where he has struggled.
Not Shutting Things Down
Terry Francona a couple times last week bemoaned the lack of his pitching staff being able to counter with a shutdown inning. In five of the 10 innings where the Indians scored a run this past week, the Blue Jays or Tigers responded with a run the next time they were up at bat.
Michael Bourn, who was activated off the disabled list last Tuesday, is 2 for 17 in his first four games and was unable to get down a bunt in last Friday’s loss to the Blue Jays. He also has two stolen bases and showed some good range in chasing down fly balls in cavernous Comerica Park during the Detroit series.
"My legs don’t feel too bad. A little heavy but I will be alright," Bourn said of his return. "They are going to be heavy at the beginning. It won’t take me too long to get back into shape."
Kansas City at Cleveland
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 12:05 p.m. Thursday.
Probables: Monday — RHP Zach McAllister (2-0, 2.04) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 4.34) ; Tuesday — RHP Danny Salazar (0-2, 7.71) vs. RHP James Shields (1-2, 2.00); Wednesday — RHP Justin Masterson (0-0, 4.98) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (2-0, 1.24); Thursday — RHP Corey Kluber (1-2, 5.40) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (1-1, 6.60)
Last season: The Indians won 10 of 19 meetings over the Royals and were 6-3 in games at Progressive Field.
Of note: The Indians are 14th in the AL in fielding and have the second-most errors with 16. Despite having three players who earned Gold Gloves last season — outfielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer — the Royals are 12th and have committed 14 errors. … Cleveland is 3-6 in games against AL Central teams so far.
Cleveland at San Francisco
First pitch: 10:05 p.m. Friday; 4:05 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Of note: The Indians are 2-1 in Interleague play this season.