The Indians kick off a four-game set against the Twins tonight in Minnesota as Zach McAllister takes on Andrew Albers. Even though the Twins look a bit different than the last time the Indians saw them (Justin Morneau was traded to the Pirates and Joe Mauer has been shut down for the season after a concussion) Albers gave them a ton of problems last time. A soft-tosser, in many ways Albers reminded me of Jeremy Sowers. And if you remember Sowers’ career (what there was of it), he was brilliant at times until hitters started to figure him out. Oakland managed to figure Albers out in his last start on September 20 – he gave up 8 ER and 8 hits over 4.2 innings. When the Indians faced him on August 12, he allowed just two hits and no walks in a complete game shut-out. Even though Albers hasn’t been that perfect in September, he has still minimized his walks – he hasn’t walked more than one person in any game this season. The Indians may need to jump on his pitches in order to find success.
McAllister is coming off two good starts against Houston and the White Sox, but they are two teams that have been offensively challenged at times this season. McAllister faced Minnesota twice this season, on August 13 and August 24, and on the 13th gave up 1 ER on 4 hits over 6 innings pitched, and on the 24th gave up 2 ER on 4 hits over 7.1 innings pitched.
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