It’s indicative of how poorly the Indians were doing earlier in the season that we’re all celebrating today because they’re one game over .500 and they won two in a row on the road for the first time in, like, ever (okay, the first time this season). They are firmly in 2nd place in the AL Central, 3.0 games behind Detroit. Tonight is the final in the four-game series against the Rangers. Lefty T.J. House (0-1, 3.79) takes the mound against right-handed Nick Martinez (1-2, 3.22). House went 5.2 innings in the Indians’ 5-3 win against Boston on June 3, giving up 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, and striking out 4.
Lonnie Chisenhall is hitting .365, which is the highest in major league baseball among players with at least 150 plate appearances. He needs 3.1 plate appearances per team game to qualify for league leader status; he has 2.79. He’s in the 5-spot tonight. This is a personal plea to Terry Francona to please move Chisenhall up a bit more in the batting order so he can possibly get more plate appearances. Barring that, I request that the Indians have another big hit-around game so Lonnie can go 5-5 again.