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MLB: Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

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Game times and pitching matchups are as follows:

  • Thursday, September 27 — 7:15 PM CDT — Josh Tomlin versus Glenn Sparkman
  • Friday, September 28 — 7:15 PM CDT — Mike Clevinger versus Ian Kennedy
  • Saturday, September 29 — 6:15 PM CDT — Corey Kluber versus Jakob Junis
  • Sunday, September 30 — 2:15 PM CDT — Carlos Carrasco versus Eric Skoglund (L)

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
Josh Tomlin 31 65.2 41 13.6 12 4.0 6.44 7.34 5.39 4.91 -1.3 -1.0
Glenn Sparkman 14 33.1 25 16.0 15 9.6 4.86 4.26 4.78 4.67 0.1 -0.1
Game 2
Mike Clevinger 31 193.1 202 25.7 67 8.5 3.07 3.58 3.84 3.87 4.0 5.1
Ian Kennedy 21 113.2 103 20.9 39 7.9 4.59 4.57 4.57 4.48 1.0 0.5
Game 3
Corey Kluber 32 210.0 216 26.4 32 3.9 2.83 3.15 3.07 3.21 5.3 6.2
Jakob Junis 29 171.0 158 21.6 42 5.7 4.42 4.74 4.16 3.99 1.0 1.2
Game 4
Carlos Carrasco 31 187.0 225 29.5 41 5.4 3.42 2.96 2.89 3.02 5.1 3.8
Eric Skoglund (L) 13 65.0 46 16.9 17 6.3 5.40 4.95 4.77 4.62 0.2 -0.1

Get a load of all them numbers. Woo-wee. The final series of the season brings three really good opposing pitchers to the K and one very bad one.

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) 2B/3B 675 38 105 104 33 .274 .391 .558 .396 149 7.9 7.6
Francisco Lindor (S) SS 720 36 124 89 23 .279 .353 .520 .369 131 7.3 7.5
Michael Brantley (L) LF 614 17 87 75 11 .309 .364 .473 .361 125 3.2 3.3
Yan Gomes C 429 16 52 48 0 .267 .315 .453 .328 103 2.4 2.6
Jason Kipnis (L) CF/2B 588 17 62 72 7 .226 .313 .381 .305 87 2.1 1.3
Edwin Encarnacion DH/1B 563 31 72 101 3 .241 .335 .470 .345 114 1.0 1.7
Yonder Alonso (L) 1B 560 23 63 81 0 .246 .313 .419 .316 95 0.4 1.3
Melky Cabrera (S) RF 260 6 27 38 1 .275 .331 .416 .323 99 0.3 -0.2
Brandon Barnes OF 15 1 1 2 0 .385 .467 .615 .462 194 0.2 0.2
Erik González IF 142 1 17 16 3 .265 .296 .375 .291 78 0.2 0.5
Josh Donaldson 3B 199 7 26 19 2 .233 .332 .424 .326 105 0.8 0.8
Yandy Díaz 1B/3B 111 1 14 15 0 .291 .342 .388 .317 95 0.1 0.1
Brandon Guyer OF 216 7 25 27 1 .205 .298 .374 .297 82 0.1 -0.2
Adam Rosales 1B/3B 12 1 1 2 0 .200 .273 .500 .327 102 0.0 0.0
Eric Haase C 10 0 0 1 0 .222 .300 .222 .248 48 0.0 0.0
Rajai Davis OF 212 1 33 6 21 .229 .284 .286 .256 54 0.0 -0.3
Greg Allen (S) OF 281 2 34 19 19 .247 .303 .325 .278 69 -0.3 -0.2
Roberto Pérez C 198 2 15 14 1 .156 .251 .246 .228 35 -0.8 -0.6

More numbers. This is it. Finally. A miserable season marred by unwatchable baseball for all but the last two months comes to an end with the division winner coming to the K.

Poll

How will the Royals fare against Cleveland?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Royals sweep
    (12 votes)
  • 12%
    Royals take three of four
    (9 votes)
  • 37%
    Split
    (28 votes)
  • 25%
    Cleveland takes three of four
    (19 votes)
  • 9%
    Cleveland sweeps
    (7 votes)
75 votes total Vote Now