Monday August 24th 2015, 2:10 ET, Wrigley Field
TV: STO, MLB.TV
Radio: WTAM C
Way back in mid-June, the Tribe defeated the Cubs in a bizarre three-game series in which a 17-0(!) defeat was sandwiched by two fine victories. Due to poor weather, the first game of that series was postponed, and more than two months later, we finally get to see the make-up game this afternoon.
And what a game it promises to be, with Corey Kluber facing a terrific young Cubs lineup which includes the outstanding rookies Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber (fortunately, Addison Russell is being rested today in favor of Starlin Castro). The Klubot endured a rough outing last time out, giving up four homers in 6 IP in the Fenway Park bandbox, and today will be a tough test as he looks to bounce back.
The former Red Sox and Athletics ace Jon Lester goes for the Cubs, for whom he signed a six-year, $155MM deal in the offseason. Lester is enjoying another fine season, and together with the terrific Jake Arrieta, has been a key part of a Cubs rotation that arguably contains two true "aces".
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||CHICAGO CUBS|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Dexter Fowler - CF|
|Francisco Lindor - SS||Kyle Schwarber - LF|
|Michael Brantley - LF||Chris Coghlan - RF|
|Carlos Santana - 1B||Anthony Rizzo - 1B|
|Yan Gomes - C||Kris Bryant - 3B|
|Mike Aviles - CF||Tommy La Stella - 2B|
|Jerry Sands - RF||Starlin Castro - SS|
|Giovanny Urshela - 3B||David Ross - C|
|Corey Kluber - RHP||Jon Lester - LHP|
Sadly, interleague rules being what they are, we are also forced to endure watching Kluber (career 1-11) and Lester (career 1-80) wielding a bat. But arguably that isn't even the worst thing that we will have to suffer this afternoon — Mike Aviles is starting in CF for the first time since his horrific misplay against the White Sox on April 20 allowed two runs to score as the Tribe gave up a 3-0 lead in the 9th.