Indians pregame notes: Can Kluber continue last year’s success at Progressive Field?
CLEVELAND — The Indians are hoping that Corey Kluber’s success at Progressive Field and in ending losing streaks last season can carry into the new season as they host the Padres tonight.
The Tribe have won eight of the last nine games the right-hander started at home and were 7-3 in games that Kluber started after a loss. In interleague games last season, Kluber was 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA.
Kluber will be opposed by San Diego’s Tyson Ross. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA this season. This will be his third career start and fourth appearance against the Indians. He has a 1-0 record with a 1.20 ERA and the Indians are batting just .231 against him. His last appearance against the Tribe came in 2012 with Oakland.
With the Padres coming into Cleveland in only the second week of April, it might look strange for most people but as Terry Francona noted, it is one of the facts of life since realignment last year.
"Someone is going to be playing interleague every day. The Phillies opened with the Rangers (this year) and that’s something you don’t see all the time," he said. "That’s the way it is. There are so many quirks to the schedule due to interleague play, division play, unbalanced schedule that that’s why you just go where they tell you."
NUMBER OF THE DAY: 12.00 — The Tribe’s ERA in the first inning. The staff has allowed eight runs in the six games this season.
And now the lineups…
Nyjer Morgan CF — Has started all but one game and is fifth in the AL in on-base percentage (.500).
Nick Swisher 1B — 2 for 4 against Ross with a home run and two RBI.
Jason Kipnis 2B — This season he has five walks over his past four games. 1 for 3 against Ross.
Carlos Santana 3B — Turns 28 today and leads the AL in walks with eight. 2 for 3 against Ross.
Michael Brantley LF — Has hit in all six games. 1 for 6 against Ross.
Asdrubal Cabrera SS¨– Was 1 for 9 in the Minnesota series. 2 for 4 against Ross.
Lonnie Chisenhall DH — Third game this year at DH. He has doubled in three straight games.
Yan Gomes C — Leads the team with two home runs, which is tied for fifth in the AL.
David Murphy RF — Coming off a four-hit game against the Twins. 2 for 6 against Ross.
Evereth Cabrera SS — Has safely hit in four of the past five games
Seth Smith LF — Homered the first two games of the season but is 1 for 9 over the past three games.
Chase Headley 3B¨– He is 3 for 14 against righties
Yonder Alonso 1B¨– The former Reds draftee turns 27 today and is a .271 hitter in interleague play
Yasmani Grandal C — Another former Reds prospect who came in the 2011 trade involving Matt Latos. He has made two starts so far and was 3 for 6.
Will Venable RF — Last season’s team MVP is hitting only .190 so far
Jedd Gyorko 2B¨– Is 2 for 18 against righties this season
Tommy Medica DH — His two previous starts this season were in left field.
Alexi Amarista CF¨– His pinch-hit, 3-run homer gave the Padres the lead in a win Sunday against the Marlins.