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MLB: Cleveland Indians at Boston Red Sox
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Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Has Cleveland clinched yet? When will this season be over?

Game times and pitching matchups are as follows:

  • Friday, August 24 — 7:15 PM CDT — Mike Clevinger versus Brad Keller
  • Saturday, August 25 — 6:15 PM CDT — Corey Kluber versus Heath Fillmyer
  • Sunday, August 26 — 1:15 PM CDT — Shane Bieber versus Jorge López

All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference

Cleveland at Kansas City pitching matchups

Pitcher G IP K K% BB BB% ERA FIP xFIP SIERA fWAR rWAR
Pitcher G IP K K% BB BB% ERA FIP xFIP SIERA fWAR rWAR
Game 1
Mike Clevinger 25 157.2 155 24.0 53 8.2 3.25 3.49 4.01 4.01 3.4 4.1
Brad Keller 35 100.1 67 16.1 40 9.6 3.32 3.72 4.33 4.62 1.4 2.5
Game 2
Corey Kluber 26 174.1 166 24.6 23 3.4 2.74 3.25 3.20 3.33 4.2 5.2
Heath Fillmyer 11 45.1 27 13.9 23 11.8 4.57 5.63 5.26 5.47 -0.2 0.2
Game 3
Shane Bieber 13 74.1 76 24.0 15 4.7 4.36 3.02 3.51 3.55 1.9 0.9
Jorge López 12 29.1 21 16.2 18 13.9 3.99 4.55 5.07 5.29 0.0 0.2

The difference in the pitching matchups lies in the difference between a club that can develop pitching and one that cannot. Heath Fillmyer has allowed as many walks as Corey Kluber does this season in 129 fewer innings.

Cleveland position players

Name Pos PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
Name Pos PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR rWAR
José Ramírez (S) 3B 549 37 87 91 28 .298 .410 .624 .426 172 8.2 7.8
Francisco Lindor (S) SS 581 29 105 76 19 .289 .369 .542 .384 143 6.5 7.0
Michael Brantley (L) LF 504 14 73 68 8 .301 .357 .470 .355 123 2.0 2.0
Yan Gomes C 349 12 44 40 0 .253 .307 .428 .314 95 1.7 1.5
Jason Kipnis (L) 2B 483 11 50 49 5 .221 .311 .353 .295 82 1.2 0.9
Yonder Alonso (L) 1B 461 20 51 71 0 .246 .310 .431 .319 98 0.7 0.7
Edwin Encarnacion DH/1B 446 27 58 85 2 .232 .319 .477 .339 112 0.6 1.0
Erik González IF 121 1 15 15 3 .287 .322 .409 .317 97 0.4 0.5
Yandy Díaz 3B/1B 46 0 6 7 0 .341 .370 .432 .348 118 0.2 0.1
Melky Cabrera (S) RF/LF 164 6 17 26 0 .275 .317 .450 .326 104 0.2 0.1
Brandon Guyer OF 169 6 19 22 1 .193 .284 .367 .288 77 0.0 -0.4
Greg Allen (S) CF 206 2 25 11 11 .251 .291 .330 .271 66 -0.1 -0.2
Roberto Pérez C 166 1 12 8 1 .160 .242 .236 .219 30 -0.8 -0.5

Those first two guys on the list are good at baseballs. There are some other guys who do baseballing less good.

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