Well, waddya know? The Indians are in 3rd place in the AL Central. 5.5 games out of 1st, yes, but they’ve gained 5 games over the last 15 days. Tonight, lefty T.J. House (0-1, 4.05) starts against Boston right-hander Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.50). House is the first lefty to start for the Indians this season and the first to make his first Major League start with the Tribe since LHP David Huff on May 17,2009 at Tampa Bay. This is only House’s third major league start. For AAA Columbus this season, he was 1-2, 2.40 ERA (11 ER/41.1 IP), which put him 9th in the international League (at the time of his promotion), with 34 strikeouts, 11 walks, and a 1.11 WHIP And about those strikeouts–the Indians (Opening Day payroll: $82 million and change) lead both leagues in strikeouts with 519. Only the Dodgers and Yankees (combined Opening Day payroll, a shade under $440 million) have more than 500. So there’s that.
Cleveland’s starting lineup:
Bahston’s starting lineup: