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Kluber has allowed 3 runs in his last 24 innings, including last week's complete game shutout.

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Houston Astros

Monday, May 9th, 8:10pm ET, Minute Maid Park


Radio: WTAM


The Cleveland Indians send Corey Kluber out to battle the Houston Astros tonight. Last time around Kluber dominated the Tigers, hurling a complete game shutout in 111 pitches. While there's not much room for improvement, Kluber has a great shot to do it against the Astros. He's 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA in his previous matchups against Houston, one of which came in his past life as a reliever.

Mike Fiers pitches tonight for Houston, hoping to improve on his 5.35 ERA. I assume that he's hoping to improve, but maybe like Doug in accounting he's just given up on his career and is only going through the motions. For his sake, I hope he's still putting in his best effort. The Indians' offense is smoking, scoring 29 runs in their last six games. Actually, those runs game in just five games; the Royals shut out the Tribe on Saturday.

The other match-up to keep an eye on during the series involves the two most promising shortstops in the game. Perhaps we can come a step closer to determining whether Francisco Lindor or Carlos Correa is better by the end of the series. Well, we know the answer, but maybe Lindor can convince everyone else.

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - DH Jose Altuve - 2B
Jason Kipnis - 2B George Springer - RF
Francisco Lindor - SS Carlos Correa - SS
Michael Brantley - LF Colby Rasmus - LF
Mike Napoli - 1B Marwin Gonzalez - 1B
Jose Ramirez - 3B Preston Tucker - DH
Yan Gomes - C Carlos Gomez - CF
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Luis Valbuena - 3B
Rajai Davis - CF Jason Castro - C
Corey Kluber - RHP Mike Fiers - RHP