The Indians were able to steal one from the Tigers in the last game of the series, giving them at least a single win in each of their last five series. There’s no better way to keep from losing ten or more games in a row than winning a game per series. Of course, they could always win two games per series, but let’s keep expectations to a minimum. With that, here’s a recap of the BRB goals for the Tribe:
- Justin Masterson getting to .500: with another loss in his last start, Masterson will have to win each of his last 3 games to get to .500.
- Beat Detroit: It goes without saying the Indians failed at this goal. Chicago did win their series as well though, so they are still 2 games ahead of the Tigers.
- Decisions on players still have to be made, but many of those players were used extensively in the Detroit series and Huff has been added to the rotation.
- 46 Saves for Pure Rage: Chris did not get a save in the Indians sole win last series, making it almost impossible to reach this goal. This goal is now changed to 43 saves good enough for a 4th place tie with Doug Jones.
- Pronk coming back: Travis Hafner took batting practice on 9/14, but there is still no news on his return.
This start will be the third time this year the Indians have pitched a left handed starter. You would think with all the Indians struggles against left handers that they would adopt the opposing teams strategy, but nay, the Indians preferred to use Josh Tomlin until his arm literally fell off. Now, after two great relief outings where Huff came in for a struggling Jeanmar Gomez, he will finally get to make his first start of the year. This shouldn’t be too much to get excited for Huff since he has done this same thing each of the last three seasons.
The Indians beat the Australian in his last start against the Tribe for their only win in their last series against Minnesota. With the Indians most consistent starter going against a pitcher the Indians have beaten before, this is their best chance to continue the trend of winning a single game each series.
September 20th, 12:05 PM ET: Esmerling Vazquez, RHP, 0-2, 7.53 ERA vs Corey Kluber, RHP, 1-4, 5.48 ERA
This is the last game of the year that will not be televised so after this game, Tribe fans can enjoy every single pitch of this awfulness. There has still been no news of Roberto Hernandez, even though he is probably capable of pitching again. Even though he has done nothing to prove himself a reasonable alternative starter for 2013, Kluber is still in the rotation.