Well, it was nice to be back at .500 for a day. The Indians dropped the first of four against the Rangers last night. Josh Tomlin (3-2, 3.06) takes the mound against right-hander Nick Tepesch (2-1, 4.43) this afternoon. A couple of notes about today’s game:
- The Indians are still in 3rd place in the AL Central, 4.0 games behind Detroit.
- Josh Tomlin, aka Little Cowboy, is from Texas but has only one career start against the Rangers, back in August 2011. He pitched 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, and striking out 4.
- The pitching staff has 550 strikeouts–the highest in MLB.
- Lonnie Chisenhall needs a few more plate appearances to qualify for league leader status, but his .361 avg. (53-147) is highest in the Majors among players with at least 150 plate appearances (he has 167). However, he’s 6-for-30 (.200) lifetime against the Rangers.
- Cleveland has played 25 day games this season, which is the 3rd most in the majors behind the Cubs and the Twins. The Indians also have the 5th-lowest winning percentage in day games at .440 (11-14). Bright side–they’ve won 6 or their last 9 day games and averages 4.6 runs per game during the day vs. 4.22 at night.
Indians’ starting lineup:
Rangers’ starting lineup: