|Starter||RHP Shane Greene (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1/3 IP)|
|Overview||Mid-level prospect who reached AAA and Majors for first time this season.|
|Repertoire||Fastball (92-94 mph), Slider (top secondary pitch), Change (according to BA)|
|K Pitch||Unknown… Although it’s a good bet he’ll use his hard slider vs righties|
|vs Tribe||First appearance vs Indians|
|Key Matchups||Kipnis: .309 vs RHP’s fastballs… Santana: .074 BA vs RHP’s sliders|
|Source: ESPN Stats & Information|
The Yankees are in town for a four-game series, starting tonight (and tonight’s game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN). This isn’t exactly the “Evil Empire” of old, there are a number of new names. Take tonight’s rookie starting pitcher, Shane Greene for example. He’s had a fair amount of success in the minors, and may do very well against an uneven Indians offense. But even NJ.com ran a story with the headline “Who’s Yankees’ Shane Green?” because he’s not exactly a household name. During a very brief appearance out of the bullpen earlier this season (1/3 of an inning) he allowed no earned runs, but walked three. I honestly have no idea what to expect from the guy.
For the Indians, Justin Masterson is pitching tonight. He hasn’t looked great all season, but his last two starts have been pretty tough to watch. He struggles to find the plate, he gives up a lot of hits…who knows what tonight will be like. He has decent career numbers against the Yankees (3.30 ERA and they hit .254/.316/.299 off of him), but as I mentioned, this is a Yankees team with a number of different names (like offseason pickup Brian McCann, for instance, who has struggled some this season).
I’m not sure what we’ll see on the field tonight, but one thing I feel almost safe betting on – there will be a fight in the stands somewhere tonight. I’ve yet to attend an Indians-Yankees game (either at Progressive Field or Yankee Stadium) where I didn’t see a fight breakout between fans. I don’t know what it is, but the fans get pretty worked up.
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Michael Brantley, CF
Carlos Santana, 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
Nick Swisher, DH
David Murphy, RF
Yan Gomes, C
Chris Dickerson, LF (More on Dickerson)
Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Brian McCann, DH
Brian Roberts, 2B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Kelly Johnson, 3B
Francisco Cervelli, C
#TribeTrivia Who is the Indians all-time wins leader among pitchers with a Z in their last name?
— Ryan McCrystal (@TribeFanMcC) July 7, 2014