Cleveland Indians @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, July 4th, 4:05 ET, PNC Park
TV: STO, MLBTV
Cleveland Indians fifth starter Cody Anderson proved over his two starts against the Tampa Bay Rays that he was a good choice for replacing Shaun Marcum, at least in the short term. Now the question remains if he can do it against a team with a real offense.
The Pittsburgh Pirates suffered a Bauer outage in the series opener, wherein Trevor Bauer not only dominated on the mound but also walked his way on base while mimicking his teammates’ batting stances. Last night's win marked the Tribe's fifth straight victory. Today they look to tie their season-high winning streak of six games, which they did back in May. The key for Mr. Anderson to continue this wonderful winning streak is the same for every team that faces the Pirates – don’t let Andrew McCutchen murder you.
I am currently visiting family in my hometown of Erie, PA where this series is extra fun. The city of Erie is almost the exact same distance from Pittsburgh as it is from Cleveland so the rivalry between the two baseball teams often gets as furious as its NFL counterpart. What I’m saying is: please keep winning, Indians.
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||PITTSBURGH PIRATES|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Josh Harrison - 3B|
|Francisco Lindor - SS||Neil Walker - 2B|
|Michael Brantley - CF||Andrew McCutchen - CF|
|Yan Gomes - C||Starling Marte - LF|
|Carlos Santana - 1B||Pedro Alvarez - 1B|
|Giovanny Urshela - 3B||Francisco Cervelli - C|
|Brandon Moss - RF||Gregory Polanco - RF|
|Mike Aviles - LF||Jordy Mercer - SS|
|Cody Anderson - RHP||Jeff Locke - LHP|
Happy Fourth of July, and Let's go Tribe!