Wednesday, April 27, 2016. 8:10 PM ET, Target Field
After a great weekend in Detroit, the Indians now find themselves in the unenviable position of having to win tonight to prevent a sweep at the hands of the Twins.
Josh Tomlin will take the hill for the Indians, and will look to once again pitch well after a team loss. In his two starts, Tomlin has allowed a total of 2 runs in 11.2 innings. He's done that thanks in part to a better-than-average BABIP (.219), but he has also struck out 22.7% of the batters he's faced in addition to his usual low walk totals.
Tomlin will be facing a pitcher making his MLB debut. Jose Berrios, the Twins' top pitching prospect (and one of the best pitching prospects in baseball) will get the start in place of Kyle Gibson, who was placed on the DL yesterday. Berrios hails from Puerto Rico, was drafted by the Twins in 2012 (32nd overall pick), and had been dominating AAA batters so far this season (17 innings, 20 strikeouts, 8 hits, 1.06 ERA). He sports a low-mid 90s fastball, a changeup, and a breaking pitch (slider? curve? slurve?) that until recently was the weakest of his offerings.
The forecast for the Twin Cities doesn't look promising, so perhaps the Indians will extend their stay in Minnesota until tomorrow to finish the series (both teams have a scheduled off-day) if the weather doesn't cooperate.
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||MINNESOTA TWINS|
|Carlos Santana - DH||Danny Santana - CF|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Brian Dozier - 2B|
|Francisco Lindor - SS||Joe Mauer - 1B|
|Michael Brantley - LF||Miguel Sano - 3B|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Byung-ho Park - DH|
|Yan Gomes - C||Oswaldo Arcia - RF|
|Jose Ramirez - 3B||Eduardo Nunez - SS|
|Marlon Byrd - RF||Kurt Suzuki - C|
|Tyler Naquin - CF||Eddie Rosario - LF|
|Josh Tomlin - RHP||Jose Berrios - RHP|