One of the best things about baseball is the Traditional Doubleheader. Two games played back to back. Two games for the price of one. This Traditional Doubleheader is the second of the season for the Tribe, but first on the road in Chicago. The Indians first game will begin at 5:10 at U.S. Cellular Field. A day that has Chicago sports fans is absolute heaven as everyone and their Grandma turned out for the Blackhawks Championship Parade earlier this afternoon and surely will head to U.S. Cellular Field for a good night of baseball.
Game One should be interesting as Trevor Bauer (1-2, 2.76) returns to the mound and many fans await his return from Columbus and goes against LHP Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03). The lineup for game one leaves the Tribe without Carlos Santana, Michael Bourn, and Michael Brantley.
Game 1 Lineup:
CF: Drew Stubbs-hardest guy to double up in the majors, if the White Sox have done their scouting, they will keep this in mind.
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera-just his second game after returning off the DL on Wednesday. In his return Cabrera went 1-3 against the Orioles.
2B- Jason Kipnis- The Number 1 Fantasy Second Baseman as his season numbers are blowing away last years Numner 1 Fantasy Second Baseman Robinson Cano. His season stats: .288-.370-.512, 11 HRs, 38 runs, 45 RBI, 17 stolen bases, 69-34 K-BB, 260 ABs, 68 games
DH- Nick Swisher- Swish has been a huge help for the Tribe this year as he has stepped into that leadership role with ease. Ever since mid June, Swish has been struggling on the bag as well as at the plate. In June, Swish is hitting .125 (8-64) and all eight of his hits are singles. Left-handed, he is at .212/.310/.358.
1B-Mark Reynolds- After his return to Baltimore, the former Oriole has proved that he isn’t quite the same player. Anyone who has seen Mark Reynolds play third base knows how awful it is. In 34 games at third, Reynolds has -6 Defensive Runs Saved for the season at 3B and he’s -4 Runs Saved Above Average. Maybe putting him at first will help both Swish and Mark out in their defensive slumps.
RF- Ryan Raburn- A guy who hasn’t played much, in fact has only played 46 games. Ryan is batting .256 with 8 Home Runs, and 21 RBIs. Raburn has been a nice player to take off the bench when players like Brantley and Born aren’t playing.
C- Yan Gomes- Some say that Gomes is the surprise of the year. Gomes only got his chance when back up Catcher Lou Marson went out with a nasty shoulder injury. In 33 games he has hit 6 Home Runs and has 18 RBIs. A nice change of pace when Santana has a night off, or isn’t at Catcher.
3B- Lonnie Chisenhall- With Mark Reynolds playing most of the time, Lonnie has spent the majority of his time this season in Columbus. During his first 6 weeks in Cleveland this season he was batting a measley .213. But in 23 games in Columbus, Lonnie was hitting .402. It might be nice to continue to play Lonnie while Mark Reynolds is struggling at 3B.
LF- Mike Aviles- Aviles proved his worth when Cabrera was on the DL. Mike proved he was a capable replacement for the All Star, .273 with eight doubles, four homers and 23 RBI. Now that Cabrera is back playing, Francona will try and play Aviles wherever possible.
Game 2 will be Carlos Carascoo (0-3, 7.78) against Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.83)
The Venezuelan Carasco has dropped three decisions in his four outings, all of which the Indians have lost. The Venezuelan has dropped three decisions in his four outings, all of which the Indians have lost. He’s 0-3 in four career starts against the White Sox.