Saturday, May 7, 2016. 4:10 PM ET. Progressive Field
TV: STO, MLB.TV
The Cleveland Indians have done a fantastic job on this home stand thus far, having already gone 4-0 against both the Tigers and the Royals. Game 2 against the Royals begins this afternoon, and the Tribe looks to increase their winning streak to 5 and bring their overall record against the AL Central to 10-3.
The Cleveland Indians call upon RHP Cody Anderson, back up from AAA, to make today's start. Anderson has not been the pitcher that he was last year; in 20 major league innings, he has already given up 17 earned runs while only striking out 14, which translates to an ugly ERA+ of 54. Prior to this start, Corey Kluber noticed a hiccup in Anderson's delivery, so hopefully this adjustment can lead to a more effective Anderson.
The Royals counter with RHP Ian Kennedy, who is off to an incredible start for Kansas City so far this season. Coming into today's game, in 31 innings pitched, he has given up just 9 runs while striking out 29, which translates to a fantastic ERA+ of 153. Kennedy is pitching way over his head at this point, and some regression should start to occur soon (the last time he had an ERA+ over 100 was in 2012 when it was 101).
With Tyler Naquin on his way back to Columbus, Rajai Davis has taken over in CF and is back at the top of the lineup for today's match-up. And with that, here's the starting 9 for your Tribe:
|KANSAS CITY ROYALS||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Alcides Escobar - SS||Rajai Davis - CF|
|Lorenzo Cain - CF||Jason Kipnis - 2B|
|Eric Hosmer - 1B||Francisco Lindor - SS|
|Kendrys Morales - DH||Mike Napoli - DH|
|Alex Gordon - LF||Carlos Santana - 1B|
|Salvador Perez - C||Yan Gomes - C|
|Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B||Marlon Byrd - RF|
|Christian Colon - 2B||Jose Ramirez - LF|
|Jarrod Dyson - RF||Juan Uribe - 3B|
|Ian Kennedy - RHP||Cody Anderson - RHP|
LET'S GO TRIBE!!!