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Game Thread: Danny Salazar and the Indians try for series win in Houston

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This is a picture of today's starting pitcher.
This is a picture of today's starting pitcher.
Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Houston Astros

Wednesday, May 11th, 2:10pm ET, Minute Maid Park


Radio: WTAM

The Indians lost the game they were supposed to win (Kluber) and won the game that they were supposed to lose (Bauer), so let's hope that recent history is upended by today's starting pitcher. Danny Salazar has been outstanding in his first six starts, allowing a league-best 4.3 hits per 9 innings and 10.3 strikeouts per 9 (good for 5th in the AL).

Pitching for the Astros is old frenemy Doug Fister, who seemingly faced the Indians ten times a year while with theTigers. He's "pitching to contact" even more these days (4.5 strikeouts/9), though I suspect that's due more to a mid-80s fastball than a tweak to his pitching strategy.

Today's Lineups

Rajai Davis - CF Jose Altuve - 2B
Jason Kipnis - 2B George Springer - DH
Francisco Lindor - SS Carlos Correa - SS
Mike Napoli - DH Colby Rasmus - LF
Carlos Santana - 1B Marwin Gonzalez - 1B
Marlon Byrd - LF Luis Valbuena - 3B
Yan Gomes - C Carlos Gomez - CF
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Max Stassi - C
Juan Uribe - 3B Jake Marisnick - RF
Danny Salazar - RHP Doug Fister - RHP