Well, after getting a total two hits and scoring zero runs in their previous two games, last night’s 10-3 victory over the Dodgers was a pleasant surprise. It evened up the series and reminded the Indians that they actually do know how to hit baseballs. Cleveland has played 33 day games, 3rd-most in the majors behind the Twins (40) and White Sox (38). The good guys are 16-17 in day games, but have won 11 of the last 17 day games. They’ve been playing well in daylight of late, so I don’t think we have any vampires on the roster. [insert Jason Giambi joke here]
This afternoon, Trevor Bauer (2-4, 4.39) takes on left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4, 3.12). Bauer has had quality starts of late but that isn’t reflected in his won-loss record or ERA. Last start: 6.1 innings, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts. Bauer does not yet have a career road win. He’s 0-5 with a 6.94 ERA (27 ER/35.0 IP) in 8 career starts. But take heart, in his first major league win (as a Diamondback) on July 8, 2012, he pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, giving up only two runs. And that was against the Dodgers.
Indians’ starting lineup:
Dodgers’ starting lineup:
Van Slyke, RF