Indians thrive against Cy Young winners

Terry Francona’s Indians have thrived against Cy Young-level pitchers this year.
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Terry Francona’s Indians have thrived against Cy Young-level pitchers this year.

The Indians, a surprise contender in the AL Central, have been at their best against the best, compiling a 7-1 record against opposing starters who have Cy Young Awards in their trophy cases.

The combined ERA in the seven losses suffered by R.A. Dickey, David Price, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Bartolo Colon, Justin Verlander, and Felix Hernandez is 9.26.

Jake Peavy of the White Sox is the only former Cy Young winner to have beaten Terry Francona’s squad, going seven innings in a 3-1 win April 14.


A look at their performances against the Cy Young winners:

April 2 Indians 4, at Blue Jays 1

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WP: Justin Masterson LP: R.A. Dickey

Dickey’s line: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Notable: Asdrubal Cabrera homers and Michael Bourn goes 2 for 5 in Indians debut.

April 7 Indians 13, at Rays 0

WP: Justin Masterson LP: David Price


Price’s line: 5 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Notable: Mark Reynolds homer, 4 RBIs; Carlos Santana 5 for 5, 3 RBIs, 3 runs.

April 30 At Indians 14, Phillies 2

WP: Zach McAllister LP: Roy Halladay

Halladay’s line: 3 2.3 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Notable: Homers from Santana, Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall.

May 1 At Indians 6, Phillies 0


WP: Trevor Bauer LP: Cliff Lee

Lee’s line: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Notable: Michael Brantley and Ryan Raburn combine to go 7 for 10, 2 RBIs, 1 run.

May 9 At Indians 9, A’s 2

WP: Scott Kazmir LP: Bartolo Colon

Colon’s line: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Notable: Jason Kipnis homer, 3 RBIs; Reynolds 2 hits, 2 RBIs, 2 runs.

May 11 Indians 7, at Tigers 6

WP: Ubaldo Jimenez LP: Justin Verlander

Verlander’s line: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 7 K

Notable: Cabrera goes 3 for 5, drives in 2.

May 19 At Indians 6, Mariners 0

WP: Justin Masterson LP: Felix Hernandez

Hernandez’s line: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Notable: Brantley homers and drives in 4.