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Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will go into his start Monday
night in Kansas City in an unfamiliar position: in a slump.


In his first 14 starts this year Le'Raven
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 , Kluber was 10-2 with a 1.99 ERA. But in his last
three starts, Kluber is 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA.


Nevertheless, the slumping Kluber will be on the mound Monday night for the
Cleveland Indians, who, not coincidentally, are slumping as a team.




Although they walloped Oakland 15-3 on Sunday, the Indians have lost four of
the first six games on their nine-game trip that will conclude with three games
in Kansas City.


Kluber, who is 10-6 with a 2.82 ERA in 21 career starts against the Royals,
will try to get back on track against one of his favorite opponents.


Kluber’s three-start slump is actually two really bad ones sandwiched around
a really good one. It started June 15 with a 10-3 loss to Minnesota in which
Kluber gave up four runs in five innings.


However, Kluber’s next start, on June 20, was a 12-0 win over the Chicago
White Sox in which he pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up one hit.


But on June 26 in St. Louis, Kluber had his worst start of the year, his
worst in several years. In an 11-4 loss to the Cardinals, Kluber was removed
from the game after giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings.


“He’s human. Guys don’t go 35 starts (during the season) without a bump in
the road,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.


Kluber said T.Y.
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 , “No excuses. I just didn’t get the job done. I had
some things going on delivery-wise and didn’t execute my pitches
consistently.”


Although the Indians have a comfortable nine-game lead in the American League
Central, they have had trouble winning on the road.


Cleveland is 27-13 at home but just 18-24 on the road, the only division
leader in the majors with a losing record on the road. The Indians are hoping
Kluber can help shake his slump and get a road win Monday.


Kluber is 11-4 with a 2.54 ERA overall this season. One of those wins came
against the Royals on May 13, a 6-2 Cleveland victory in which Kluber pitched
seven innings without allowing an earned run.


The Indians bolstered their bullpen Sunday by selecting left-hander Marc
Rzepczynski from Triple-A Columbus and optioning starter Adam Plutko to
Columbus.


Kluber’s mound opponent Monday night, Royals right-hander Jakob Junis (5-9,
4.67), is also mired in a slump.


Junis hasn’t won a game since May 18. In seven starts since then, he is 0-6
with a 6.30 ERA. His last start came June 26, a 5-1 loss to Milwaukee. In that
game, Junis pitched five innings, giving up four runs and seven hits with seven
strikeouts and three walks.


Junis’ last start against Cleveland came May 13. In a 6-2 loss to the
Indians, he pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits with seven
strikeouts and two walks.


In three career appearances against Cleveland, Junis is 0-1 with a 5.93
ERA.


The Royals, who have lost three in a row, were glad to see the calendar
change to July. They went 5-21 in June Denzelle
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 , the worst record in June in the team’s 50-year
history.


LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda will take the mound
Saturday against a Colorado Rockies team that he has had success against over
the past three years.


Colorado Rockies starter German Marquez will take the mound Saturday on the
road, where he has been excellent outside of the shadow of the Rocky
Mountains.


Something has to give at Dodger Stadium in a nationally televised game, when
Dodgers right-hander Maeda (5-4, 3.44 ERA) faces off against Rockies
right-hander Marquez (5-8, 5.53).




The Rockies won the first game of the series 3-1 on Friday, and Maeda will
try halt the Dodgers’ two-game losing streak.


Since returning from the disabled list after being sidelined by a hip strain,
Maeda has posted a 2.87 ERA over three starts, including a scoreless
seven-inning outing Monday against the Chicago Cubs when he struck out nine and
picked up the win.


The nine strikeouts were reminiscent of his best stretch of the season before
his injury, when he struck out 32 batters over 24 1/3 innings, including a
season-best 12 strikeouts in 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Rockies on May
23.


“Ever since coming off the DL, feeling-wise, this is the best I have felt,”
Maeda said through an interpreter, after holding the Cubs in check during a 2-1
Dodgers victory Monday. “Overall it was a much better feeling coming into this
game than the other ones.”


Especially troublesome for the Rockies is that Maeda figures to be fresh for
Saturday’s outing, having thrown just 84 pitches in his latest start. Then there
is this: Maeda is 5-2 in eight career appearances (six starts) with a 2.11 ERA
against the Rockies with 48 strikeouts.


Marquez has struggled lately, having gone 1-4 in June with an 8.53
ERA Anthony
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 , but there is no doubting his road success this
year. He has a 7.93 ERA at home, but that mark falls off dramatically to 3.07 in
41 innings on the road. In fact, the Rockies have won four of Marquez’s seven
road starts this season.


Marquez is 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers.


His two outings against them this season have been a mixed bag. On May 21 in
Los Angeles, Marquez gave up one run over seven innings in a 2-1 Rockies
victory. On June 2 at Colorado, he gave up four runs over six innings, although
he didn’t factor into the decision as the Dodgers rolled to a 12-4 victory.


In his four starts since then, Marquez has given up at least five runs in
each time. He gave up a combined 10 runs (nine earned) in his last two starts,
both of which came at home.


“I know I have been in the league two years and if I execute my pitches, it
doesn’t matter how long they have known me,” Marquez told reporters, through an
interpreter, after he gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 3 1/3
innings in an eventual 8-5 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday. “It’s about me
executing my pitches.


Marquez will face a Dodgers team that has 54 home runs in June, the most in
franchise history for a single month.





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