RHP Trevor Bauer (CLE) vs RHP Tyler Chatwood (CHI)
Trevor Bauer has already faced the Cubs once this year. He worked 6.2 four-hit innings with just one earned run. Bauer has proven to be a dominant third starter for a Tribe rotation that is dominating the opposition.
He brings with him his six-pitch variation. It features a new slider with a 16.98 percent whiff rate per Brooks Baseball. Bauer can also be seen donating to 69 different charities and making behind the back catches.
Tyler Chatwood has returned to the team he made his MLB debut with and will face a team that he has also beaten once this year. Chatwood went six innings against the Tribe where he allowed one run. It wasn’t enough; however, as the Cubs roughed up the Tribe 10-3 in that game. He has been up and down this year as he lost his first three starts. Then he followed it up with three wins and two no-decisions.
RHP Adam Plutko (CLE) vs LHP Jon Lester (CHI)
Adam Plutko is looking to earn the fifth spot in the Tribe rotation. Josh Tomlin was sent to the bullpen this week making the job Plutko’s for the taking. Plutko has mostly played in Triple-A Columbus this year where he has gone 4-3 in seven starts. His ERA in Columbus was a respectable 2.25. The 26 year-old made one start for the Indians this year in a double-header against Toronto. He earned the win going 7.1 innings with three earned-runs.
Jon Lester continues to prove why he is the Cubs ace. With a 4-1 record and a 2.42 ERA, the 34 year-old is showing that he still has a lot left in the tank. What was that? Four and one is his record? Where on earth did he accumulate that one blemish on his record. OH I Know! Jon Lester worked seven innings against the Indians in Cleveland where their three runs against him was enough for a loss on Lester’s end. As it turns out, the Indians are pretty good at killing lefties. Particularly Jose Ramirez and Brandon Guyer, who are batting .328 and .229 respectively against southpaws.