He'll probably need to be sharp in this rematch since he's up against the dominant Corey Kluber.Runs figure to be at a premium with these red-hot starters on the mound Saturday as the Yankees look to defeat the Indians for the eighth straight time in the Bronx.McCarthy (4-0, 2.08 ERA) had never won four straight outings until this stretch in which he has posted a 2.28 ERA, capped by Monday's 2-1 win over Detroit in which he gave up an unearned run in 5 2/3 innings. He has allowed two earned runs in 17 2/3 innings at Yankee Stadium."He's been huge for our rotation," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's come over here and pitched about as well as you could."The only time McCarthy did not win for New York (61-54) was his club debut July 9. He was charged with four runs -- one earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-4, 14-inning victory.The right-hander has seen his team win his last seven starts, with two victories for Arizona. That's the second-longest active streak in the majors behind the 12 in a row won by the Los Angeles Dodgers with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound.That run won't be easy to maintain since Kluber (12-6, 2.55) is 5-0 with a 1.49 ERA in six outings since losing to the Dodgers on June 30. That 1.49 ERA is fourth in the majors since the start of July, with Kershaw third, and Kluber has struck out 50 and limited hitters to a .175 average in that span.The right-hander is the last Indians pitcher to win, yielding one run in 7 1/3 innings of Monday's 7-1 home victory over Cincinnati."Klubes has pitched to the point where, heck yeah, you better play with confidence," manager Terry Francona said. "He's one of the best pitchers in the league."Kluber is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two career starts against the Yankees.Cleveland (57-59) seeks to avoid its first five-game slide since losing a season-worst six straight April 25-30. The Indians have dropped 12 of their last 13 in the Bronx and seven straight there after Friday's 10-6 defeat in the opener of this three-game set.Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, hitless in his last 13 at-bats, did not play because he looked fatigued, Francona said. Chisenhall is hitless in six at-bats against McCarthy.Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira will likely miss a third straight game after getting spiked on the left hand in a play at the plate in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Detroit. Teixeira got stitches in his left pinkie that night and says the finger is still too sore to play.Catcher Brian McCann left in the sixth inning Friday with a mild concussion. He will be reevaluated Saturday before the Yankees learn if he lands on the 7-day concussion DL.New York won for the sixth time in seven games as Carlos Beltran had a grand slam and an RBI single. Derek Jeter tied Honus Wagner for sixth place on the career list with his 3,430th hit in a five-run first inning.
Corey Kluber has induced a swing on 44.3 percent of his curveballs thrown out of the strike zone, the highest percentage this season among pitchers who have thrown at least 300 curveballs. He has allowed just five men to reach base in 70 plate appearances to end in a curveball out of the zone, including just one via a hit. The Yankees this season have chased the fourth-most curveballs in baseball (298).
Jose Ramirez's first career home run was calculated at 338 feet. The hit would've only been a homer at two ballparks under normal weather conditions (Safeco Field, Yankee Stadium).
Jose Ramirez's second-inning home run against the Yankees was the 1st career home run for the Indians' second-year infielder. He hadn't hit a homer in 92 career plate appearances previously. And the 2 RBI he got from that blast match his career total.
Corey Kluber is the first Indians pitcher with at least seven games of 10+ strikeouts in a single season since Dennis Eckersley (eight such games) in 1976.
This is the 4th time in franchise history the Yankees have been shutout while striking out 15+ times at the plate...