Round 1 Pitching Matchups:
Game 1, Wednesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
RHP Brandon Cumpton (6-7, 3.32 ERA)
RHP Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.33)
Game 2, Thursday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
RHP Graham Godfrey (11-8, 3.93 ERA)
RHP J.D. Martin (16-4, 2.75)
RHP Jameson Taillon (1-3, 3.89 ERA)
RHP Merrill Kelly (8-4, 3.19)
RHP Casey Sadler (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
RHP Matt Buschmann (8-2, 2.97)
LHP Andy Oliver (5-4, 4.05 ERA)
LHP Mike Montgomery (7-8, 4.72)
*Denotes games as necessary (played until IND or DUR has won three games)
2013 Overall record vs. Durham 3-5 (2-2 at Victory Field, 1-3 at DBAP)
- Team batting average against each other: IND (.218) vs. DUR (.282)
- Team ERA against each other: IND (3.89) vs. DUR (2.28)
The IL West Division champion Indianapolis Indians (80-64) will square off against the IL South Division winner Durham Bulls (87-57) in a Governor’s Cup Opening Round showdown which features two teams who each spent roughly half the season ranked atop the entire International League standings. Though Durham holds a 5-3 advantage in the season’s series, the pair of four-game sets were closely contested with only two games being decided by more than three runs, one of which was a tied contest until the top
of the 13th inning.
Durham and Indianapolis enter the playoff series boasting the IL’s top two pitching staffs respectively, with the Bulls posting a 3.33 ERA and the Tribe recording a 3.45 ERA on the season. Durham’s set of arms is anchored by the International League’s Pitcher of the Year, J.D. Martin, who paced the league with 16 wins, and top prospect Jake Odorizzi, who aside from a rough outing against the Kansas City Royals, collected a solid 3.32 ERA in his other four Major League starts for the Tampa Bay Rays. Indianapolis will counter with Brandon Cumpton, a right-hander with a phenomenal 2.78 ERA in four MLB starts with Pittsburgh, including 7.0 shutout frames against the then first-place St. Louis Cardinals, and Jameson Taillon, the Pirates top prospect with the second-most strikeouts (37) in the IL since his Triple-A debut on Aug. 5.
At the plate, the Indians’ lineup features the IL’s hits leader Matt Hague and top outfield prospect Gregory Polanco. The pair of bats will look to keep the Tribe’s offense rolling as Hague finished the season with six more base knocks than any player in the entire International League (153), as well as ranking tied for first with 37 doubles, while Polanco batted .286 with 30 doubles, two triples and 12 homers in 125 games prior to joining Indianapolis. Conversely, the Bulls will rely on Brandon Guyer’s .305 clip at the plate, the fifth-best in the IL, and Vince Blenome’s second-most runs scored (77) and seventh-best batting average (.300) in the league.
Indianapolis owns an 85-83 advantage in the team’s all-time regular-season matchup, dating back to its IL re-affiliation in 1998. The Indians and Bulls last faced each other in the playoffs during the 2000 campaign when the Tribe began its eventual postseason championship run with a 3-2 first-round series win over Durham.