Tuesday Sept. 1, 8:05 p.m. EST
Probable Starters: Mike Clevinger (1-1, 3.18 ERA) vs. Jakob Junis (0-0, 4.26 ERA)
As of Monday morning, Mike Clevinger is still a Cleveland Indian and is scheduled to pitch Tuesday’s second game against the Royals.
Clevinger could end up being moved by Monday’s 4 p.m. EST deadline, but if not, will take on a Royals lineup that he tossed seven innings of two-run ball against Kansas City on July 25 in Cleveland.
In four starts this season, Clevinger is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA and helped lead the Tribe past the Twins in his most recent outing after returning from the teams’ alternate site.
While he had his way against the Royals in July, historically, many Kansas City hitters have had success against Clevinger, including Jorge Soler, who is batting .474 with a home run and six RBI’s off the Cleveland right-hander in 19 at-bats.
If Clevinger is dealt, look for the Indians to go to their bullpen with Adam Plutko, the most likely option to make a spot start.
The Royals will counter with right-hander Jakob Junis. Junis will be making his fourth start of the season as he has posted a 4.26 ERA through his first three starts of the season.
Many Indians have had their way with Junis in previous matchups. Francisco Lindor is batting .500 with four home runs against the Royal right-hander in 32 at-bats, Tyler Naquin is batting .412 with a home run in 17 at-bats and Carlos Santana is batting .500 with four RBI’s in 14 at-bats.