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Indians look to remain perfect vs. Blue Jays

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Indians swept a four-game series over the Blue Jays from April 4-7, limiting Toronto to just six runs. It was the fewest runs the Blue Jays had scored in a four-game series since totaling only four against the Athletics in July 2014.
  2. Cleveland, which is an AL-best 13-3 since June 30 with an MLB-leading 2.63 ERA in that span, struck out 57 Toronto batters in the first series. Since 1920, this is the second-most strikeouts compiled by Indians pitchers in a four-game series, trailing only 59 punchouts of Oakland hitters in May 2017.
  3. The Indians are averaging 6.13 runs in July while leading MLB in batting average at .295. They entered this month batting .238, and that increase in batting of .057 is the largest in the majors.
  4. All-Star Carlos Santana, however, is slashing just .159/.302/.364 in his last 12 games after compiling a .385/.475/.712 slash line in his previous 14 contests. On the season, Santana's 1.174 OPS with one out is second in MLB among the 156 with at least 100 PAs in such situations (Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, 1.562).
  5. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 9-for-28 with a pair of homers and seven RBI in the final six games of Toronto's latest road trip. On the season, he's batting .429 in Toronto's wins compared to just .208 in its losses. Among those with at least 250 plate appearances, that .221 drop-off is the largest in MLB.
  6. Aaron Sanchez, Tuesday's scheduled starter, has lost his last 10 starts and has dropped 13 consecutive decisions since beating Oakland on April 27. No pitcher has lost 11 consecutive starts in a single season since the Mets' Roger Craig lost 12 in a row in 1963.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/22/2019 thru 7/24/2019
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis and teammate Francisco Lindor celebrate at the end of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Monday, July 22, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Cleveland Indians will try to continue their dominance over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night when the teams meet for the second of a three-game series in Toronto.

The Indians won the opener 7-3 on Monday night and have captured all five meetings between the teams this season, sweeping a four-game series in Cleveland back in early April.

Overall, Cleveland has won eight of the past eight games.

Right-hander Trevor Bauer (9-7, 3.67 ERA) will start for the Indians on Tuesday against Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-14. 6.26).

Sanchez has not won since April 27, going 0-13 with a 7.99 ERA in the 15 starts since.

He has pitched exactly five innings in each of his past three starts, against the Baltimore Orioles at home and on the road against the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

Sanchez allowed four runs in each of his past two outings.

"He has been pitching better," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters after the 5-4 loss in Boston on Wednesday. "I know four runs doesn't sound that great, but he kept us in the game. In a place like (Fenway Park), I thought he did a good job."

Sanchez had been encouraged by his July 12 start against the Yankees.

"It's the first time I've seen my ball moving with that type of velocity," he said after the start. "I felt like the old me, so I'm pleased. ...

"We did some things in my delivery that wasn't really me, that I look back on and I wish I would have found a little earlier. But I haven't pitched really healthy in two years (because of finger problems), so it's one of those things if my body feels good, I'm going to go out there and compete. I know all that other stuff will come, and that's what's happening."

Sanchez allowed two runs over six innings in a loss at Cleveland on April 4, the Jays' first road game of the season. He is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA in four career games (three starts) against the Indians.

Bauer will be making his team-leading 23rd start of the season. He allowed three runs and five hits while striking out 10 in 6 2/3 innings Thursday in a win over the Detroit Tigers.

He will be making his eighth career appearance (seventh start) against the Blue Jays. Bauer is 3-2 with a 4.91 ERA against them. He is 1-2 with a 6.57 ERA at the Rogers Centre. He got the win against Sanchez on April 4 with seven hitless innings, walking six and striking out eight.

Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez continued his resurgence at the plate in the series opener, going 2-for-4 with a double, a sacrifice fly and a stolen base.

Over his past 23 games, Ramirez has five home runs, one triple, nine doubles, 19 RBIs and a .337 batting average (30-for-89). He has hits in 25 of his last 30 games.

"My confidence is always there regardless of the results," Ramirez told the media recently. "I just like to keep working, and I think that's what I focus on, my confidence and on the work that I put in and the results will show."

The Indians are 13-3 in July while the Blue Jays are 7-11 for the month.

Toronto is 18-31 at home and Cleveland is 26-20 on the road.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 23, 2019

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