Sunday July 12 2015, 13:10 ET, Progressive Field
TV: STO, MLB.TV
And so we reach the final game before the All-Star break ... and what a game it promises to be. Corey Kluber and first-time All-Star Sonny Gray are on the top of their form, and both feature in the top 10 in fWAR among all pitchers.
Kluber has suffered through lack of run support all season, and the odds are that the offense isn't going to get much change out of Gray either. The 25yo righty is enjoying the best year of his career, having already surpassed his 3.1 fWAR from last season. Gray averages 94mph on his fastball (maxing out at 97mph), but keeps hitters guessing with a well-balanced mixture of fourseamers, sinkers, sliders and curveballs. He was forced to miss a start recently due to salmonella poisoning, but was back in the rotation to pitch seven innings against the Yankees on Tuesday.
|OAKLAND A'S||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Billy Burns - CF||Jason Kipnis - DH|
|Stephen Vogt - C||Francisco Lindor - SS|
|Ben Zobrist - DH||Michael Brantley - LF|
|Josh Reddick - RF||David Murphy - RF|
|Ike Davis - 1B||Carlos Santana - 1B|
|Brett Lawrie - 3B||Yan Gomes - C|
|Eric Sogard - 2B||Giovanny Urshela - 3B|
|Marcus Semien - SS||Michael Bourn - CF|
|Sam Fuld - LF||Jose Ramirez - 2B|
|Sonny Gray - RHP||Corey Kluber - RHP|
The recently recalled Jose Ramirez takes over from Jason Kipnis at 2B today, with Kip moving to the DH spot. Ramirez has been in terrific form since being sent down to Columbus, hitting .349/.415/.477. Brandon Moss is rested, which means that we get to see David Murphy "patrolling" RF again.