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Josh Tomlin looks to cool off Baltimore bats

There's actually no real reason this game needs to be played. It's a law of the universe that Josh Tomlin is not allowed to lose a start following a Cleveland Indians' loss.

I don't reckon I got no reason to kill nobody.  Mmm.
I don't reckon I got no reason to kill nobody. Mmm.
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Cleveland Indians @ Baltimore Orioles

Saturday, July 23, 2016. 7:10 PM EST, Oriole Park at Camden Yards


Radio: WTAM


In the midst of Hall of Fame induction weekend, there are still baseball games being played. One of those games pits the Cleveland Indians against the Baltimore Orioles in a battle for supremacy in the American League. Coming into today's game, Cleveland still holds the best record in the American League with a .589 winning percentage, but Baltimore isn't far behind with a .579 winning percentage of their own. Trevor Bauer got roughed up last night in the 5-1 loss, so the offense will try to get it going tonight while the pitching does its best to minimize the long ball.

The Orioles send RHP Kevin Gausman to the mound to begin today's contest. Gausman has had a decent season for Baltimore up to this point as he comes into today's game with a 4.05 ERA and a 4.22 FIP. In 93.1 innings, Gausman has allowed 42 earned runs while striking out 88 and walking 20 (good for an ERA+ of 110). His last start came on July 18 against the New York Yankees; in that game, Gausman lasted 6.2 innings while only giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts.

The Tribe counters with Josh Tomlin, the pitcher who continues to scoff at peripheral statistics and continues to succeed in spite of them. So far in 2016, Tomlin has a 3.34 ERA, which is much smaller than his 4.87 FIP. In 107.2 innings of work, Tomlin has given up 40 earned runs while striking out 72 and issuing only 12 walks (good for an ERA+ of 138). His most recent start came on June 17 against the Minnesota Twins; Tomlin was spectacular, going 7.2 innings and giving up just 1 run on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts.

On the offensive side of things, Lonnie Chisenhall looks to have recovered from whatever bug was ailing him, as he is in the lineup today batting sixth and playing RF. Juan Uribe, unsurprisingly, is out of the lineup today after getting nailed in the head yesterday during his final AB of the day. And now, here's the starting 9 for your Tribe:

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - 1B Adam Jones - CF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Francisco Lindor - SS Manny Machado - 3B
Mike Napoli - DH Chris Davis - 1B
Jose Ramirez - 3B Mark Trumbo - RF
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Pedro Alvarez - DH
Tyler Naquin - CF J.J. Hardy - SS
Rajai Davis - LF Nolan Reimold - LF
Roberto Perez - C Caleb Joseph - C
Josh Tomlin - RHP Kevin Gausman - RHP

Tomlin will have to keep the ball in the yard if the Tribe is going to have a chance to win this one. LET'S GO TRIBE!!!