The Cleveland Indians will travel to Miami to take on the Miami Marlins in a short two-game Interleague series starting Tuesday.
Cleveland and Miami just played a week ago and both teams split the two-games series. The Indians will hope to at least come away with a split in this series playing under National League rules.
Game 1: April 30 7:10 P.M. Trevor Bauer (3-1) versus Sandy Alcantara (1-2)
Trevor Bauer did not face the Marlins last week when Miami to Cleveland. There are quite a few players on the Miami roster who have success against Bauer in the past. Rosell Herrera and Martin Prado are both 2-5 and Miguel Rosas is 2-3. Bauer has six strikeouts and six walks in 28 at-bats against Marlins hitters.
Sandy Alcantara got the start in the second game of the series and pitched fairly well. Alcantara allowed only one run on four hits in five innings. Although Alcantara did walk four batters and only struck out two. The Indians will need to deliver a bit more with runners on base and make Alcantara pay if he continues to allow hits and walk batters.
Game 2: May 1 7:10 P.M. Corey Kluber (2-2) versus Caleb Smith (2-0)
Both pitchers going in the second and final game of the series did not pitch in the last matchup. Corey Kluber has dominated the several Miami hitters that he has faced in the past. Starlin Castro is 2-12, Rosell Herrera is 1-7, Martin Prado is 0-3, Miguel Rojas is 0-2 and Neil Walker is 0-6. The only hitter with an extra-base hit is Curtis Granderson who hit a triple off the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Cleveland will have a tough time against Caleb Smith. Smith has not allowed more than one run in three consecutive starts and has struck out 22 batters over that span. Smith averages just over seven strikeouts per outing and the Cleveland lineup who can be prone to striking out may have trouble putting the ball in play against the lefty.