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Saturday Game Thread: Carlos Carrasco faces Rays in penultimate game of the season

For the first time since October 3, 2012, the Indians will play a a regular-season game that doesn't matter.

Jason Miller

Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 6:05 ET, Progressive Field


Radio: WTAM (CLE), WDAE (TB)

Series Preview

Today's Lineups

Ben Zobrist - CF Michael Bourn - CF
David DeJesus - DH Jose Ramirez - SS
Evan Longoria - 3B Michael Brantley - LF
James Loney - 1B Carlos Santana - 1B
Wil Myers - RF Yan Gomes - C
Nick Franklin - SS David Murphy - RF
Matt Joyce - LF Jason Giambi - DH
Ryan Hanigan - C Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Logan Forsythe - 2B Mike Aviles - 2B
Alex Colome - RHP Carlos Carrasco - RHP

Judging by this lineup, you'd think the Indians would still be in the hunt for a playoff spot. Still, we'll probably see a lot of late-game substitutions as Terry Francona gives some of the September callups some playing time.

Things to watch for tonight:

  • Michael Brantley is one hit short of 200 for the season, a mark that hasn't been reached by a Cleveland player since Kenny Lofton did it in 1996.
  • This might be Jason Giambi's final MLB game.
  • Carlos Carrasco currently has a .989 WHIP (Walks+Hits/9 Innings), which currently ranks 11th all-time. Of the pitchers ahead of him, only Gaylord Perry (1972) pitched before the mound was lowered.