Monday, April 6, 2015, 7:10 ET, Minute Maid Park
TV: STO, MLB.TV, ESPN
After a long and brutal winter (anytime five months go by without a proper baseball game, it's long and brutal, I don't care where you live), we've finally made it to Opening Day. The Indians had a fairly quiet offseason, in terms of players coming and going. Brandon Moss and Anthony Swarzak are the only players on tonight's 25-man roster who weren't with the team last year.
The team to beat in the AL Central remains Detroit, but more and more the Tigers do look beatable. Almost every prediction I've seen this spring has mentioned an expectation that this division will be hotly contested.
The Tigers already beat the Twins earlier today, with David Price finishing one out shy of a complete game shutout; at this moment the Royals are ahead of the White Sox 4-0.
There are a couple late night games, but nothing but this one starting between now and 10:00 ET, meaning the Indians and Astros will have the baseball stage to themselves for the evening.
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||HOUSTON ASTROS|
|Michael Bourn - CF||Jose Altuve - 2B|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||George Springer - RF|
|Michael Brantley - LF||Luis Valbuena - 3B|
|Carlos Santana - 1B||Evan Gattis - DH|
|Yan Gomes - C||Chris Carter - 1B|
|Brandon Moss - RF||Jason Castro - C|
|Ryan Raburn - DH||Jed Lowrie - SS|
|Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B||Colby Rasmus - LF|
|Jose Ramirez - SS||Jake Marisnick - CF|
|Corey Kluber - RHP||Dallas Keuchel - LHP|
Keuchel has a lot of Tribe fans shaking in their boots, mostly because he's a lefty. I say bring it on though, the Indians can get to him.