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  W: M. Clevinger (4-2)   L: R. Borucki (0-1)
4:07 PM PT5:07 PM MT6:07 PM CT7:07 PM ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 PM MST6:07 PM EST6:37 PM VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 PM CT, July 22, 2019
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 22,295

Cleveland looks to stay hot against Toronto

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
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Cleveland Indians will try to stay on pace as the hottest team in baseball since early June when they visit the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game series that opens Monday night.

The Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Sunday afternoon to give them a 28-11 record (.718) since June 4, the best record in the majors during that span. The Blue Jays are 15-24 (.385) over their past 39 games.

By winning the rubber match of the three-game series with the Royals, the Indians completed a 7-3 homestand before going on a seven-game road trip.

The Blue Jays will open a six-game homestand against the Indians after completing a 4-6 trip with a 4-3 loss in 10 innings to the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon.

The Indians swept the Blue Jays in four games April 4-7 in Cleveland.

Cleveland will start right-hander Mike Clevinger (3-2, 3.57 ERA) Monday against Toronto left-hander Ryan Borucki (season debut).

Clevinger will be making his eighth start of a season that has been interrupted by stints on the injured list with a back strain (April 8-June 16) and an ankle sprain (June 18-27).

Borucki has been limited to four minor league rehabilitation outings (3.00 ERA over 18 innings at three levels) this season because of elbow inflammation.

Clevinger earned his third win this season when he matched his career best with 12 strikeouts Wednesday in allowing six hits and one run over six innings in a 7-2 victory over Detroit.

The Indians have crept within three games of the first-place Minnesota Twins in the American League Central.

"It's inevitable to be aware of what's going on," Clevinger said. "It's still just taking the same importance each and every day, and I'm trying to do the same thing when I go out there."

Clevinger is 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA over his past three starts after posting a 17.05 ERA in his first two starts off the 60-day IL.

He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against the Blue Jays. He held them to one hit with one walk and 10 strikeouts in five innings in a 3-1 victory April 7 at Progressive Field. Clevinger has made one career start at Rogers Centre, taking the loss after allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts over six innings on Sept. 9.

Clevinger feels that he is nearly back to 100 percent. "That's kind of been the big thing just seeing how I bounce back, how the ankle recovers, how the arm recovers," he said. "But it's been really good so far."

Borucki did not expect to be out so long. It was learned that a bone spur caused the inflammation and he had a cortisone injection. "After that, we agreed it would just be a slow process back and just not trying to rush anything," he said.

He was 4-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 17 starts last season as a rookie.

"Obviously, (this) season didn't start the way I wanted," Borucki said. "It took a little bit longer than I thought, but the training staff did a really good job of getting me back healthy. I'm feeling really good, and I'm excited just to be able to help the team out in the second half a little bit, just to be able to play again and pitch again."

Monday will be Borucki's first start against the Indians.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 22, 2019

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