Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Series Preview: Indians

Ok so with any interleague matchup, stats are going to be a little spotty. They just don't play each other that often. So with that in mind, I'll do a short preview on what to expect when the Braves play the last team on the schedule with a winning record so far. On to the matchups:

Game 1: Wood (2-2) v. Salazar (1-1)
Game 2: Maholm (9-10) v. Masterson (14-9)
Game 3: Medlen (10-12) v. Jimenez (9-8)

So instead of going game by game on the matchups, I'm going to give you a preview of what the Indians have been up to, since you likely haven't seen them. The Indians are second in the AL Central behind Detroit and they are currently 12 games over .500 on the year. The one guy you may recognize on the team is our good buddy Michael Bourn, who will be returning to Turner Field for the first time in a long time. He's hitting .269 on the year. Sounds a lot better than our current CF we got from Tampa. Two other guys to watch out for will be Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana. Both have big home run power and can decidedly change a game with a single swing.

Of the pitchers we'll face, the only one to really worry about is Masterson, who is one of the league's best Strikeout artists. That's the kind of thing we don't like to see as a team. Masterson has a 3.50 ERA on the year to go along with his stellar record, and the Braves will have to figure out a way to make good contact in order to stay in the game. Salazar is a rookie going against our rookie in Wood, so that matchup looks to be a complete tossup. Finally, Medlen against Jimenez is a battle of guys who have had really up and down success. Melden has rebounded after a bad start, but he's fallen into a funk again lately losing his last two. Jimenez always has had a high ERA, but manages to scrap out wins with the benefit of good support, but he's also 1-3 in the month of August. It's another game that could go either way in terms of which pitcher gets the early runs, and which pitcher makes the early mistake.

Meanwhile the Braves are coming off their 1-3 series in St. Louis, and they just want some good news at home. The good news coming out of the missed Beachy start is that the early word is nothing more than inflammation. That's a lot better than the alternative. What does the CPA think about the first game against the rookies?

CPA Prediction Game 1: Braves 4 - Indians 2

Not a ton of science here other than home/away records and general ERA feelings. However, the Braves can use a good start to shake up a rookie and let Wood first pitches out over the plate.


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