The Tribe will look to maintain the best record in the American League (72-51) Tuesday night as they continue their 7-game road trip in Oakland, coming off a tight 1-0 victory Monday night. Danny Salazar (11-4, 3.57) will look to regain his dominance after lasting just one inning in his forgettable return from the disabled list last week versus the White Sox in Cleveland.
The Indians are anxious to see Salazar get back to the elite level of pitching that he displayed earlier this season, which put him in the center of the conversations for the AL Cy Young Award. However, post All-Star Game, the hard-throwing right hander is just 1-1 with a troubling 9.88 ERA. He’ll be opposed by Oakland southpaw Sean Manaea (4-8, 4.73) who will look to stymie the Tribe offense much like his teammates did most of Monday night.
KEY STATS & GAME NOTES
Rested Bullpen: After Carlos Carrasco threw eight stellar innings of shutout baseball and Andrew Miller needed only 13 pitches to retire Oakland in the 9th inning Monday night, the Tribe bullpen enters Tuesday’s game well rested. This could prove vital, as Salazar lasted just one inning in his start last week, as the young right-hander works his way back from injury.
Home Boy: Despite the poor record and ERA, Manaea is much tougher at home than he is on the road, sporting a 4-3 record and 3.45 ERA in Oakland on the season.
Unknown Pitcher: The Indians entire roster has only four combined at bats versus Manaea is four…all by Brandon Guyer.
Peaking in August: At 73-52, the Indians find themselves 21 games over the .500 mark for the first time all season, leading Texas by mere percentage points for the best winning percentage in the American League.
Picks to Click: Rajai Davis has been a key cog for the Tribe versus southpaws this season, playing very well in the leadoff spot when given the opportunities. With the lefty on the hill, I look for Rajai to set the tone early and often and propel the Tribe to a high-scoring 8-5 victory.
TUESDAY NIGHT’S STARTING LINEUPS