The Cleveland Indians host the Tampa Bay Rays in the one-game Wild Card round. The Indians had to wait for after the Texas Rangers and Rays tie-breaker game to find out their opponent. On Monday night the Rays, behind the arm of Price, won the game and were in control from the first pitch.
The Indians are sending left-handed rookie Danny Salazar to the mound for this winner takes-all match up. The rookie has only started 10 games for the Indians this season and pitched 52 innings. He has a 2-3 record and a 3.12 ERA.
It could be viewed as a gamble to send out a rookie, but a former teammate thinks differently.
“He throws 97,” said Yankees infielder Mark Reynolds, via ESPN. “He is really good.”
A Major League Baseball scout agreed: ”I have seen him several times this year, and he pitches well beyond his years. He doesn’t look like a rookie out there.”
- Michael Bourn, CF
- Nick Swisher, 1B
- Jason Kipnis, 2B
- Carlos Santana, DH
- Michael Brantley, LF
- Ryan Raburn, RF
- Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
- Yan Gomes, C
- Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B