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Game No. 2 Preview: Indians@Rangers

By jcfortun Published: April 8, 2009






















































































































Game No. 2:Cleveland Indians (0-1) At Texas Rangers (1-0)
STARTING LINEUP   


1.
Grady Sizemore
24
L
CF
 
1.
Ian Kinsler
2
R
2B
2.
Mark DeRosa
7
R
3B
2.
Michael Young
10
R
3B
3.
Victor Martinez
41
S
C
3.
Josh Hamilton
32
L
CF
4.
Travis Hafner
48
L
DH
4.
Hank Blalock
9
L
DH
5.
Jhonny Peralta
2
R
SS
5.
Nelson Cruz
17
R
RF
6.
Shin-Soo Choo
17
L
RF
6.
David Murphy
7
L
LF
7.
Ryan Garko
25
R
1B
7.
Chris Davis
19
L
1B
8.
Ben Francisco
12
R
LF
8.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
21
S
C
9.
Asdrubal Cabrera
13
S
2B
9.
Elvis Andrus
1
R
SS




































































STARTING PITCHERS

Fausto Carmona
55
RHP


 
Vicente Padilla
44
RHP




0-0
 
0-0
 
 
0.00 ERA
 
.0.00 ERA
 
 
0 K
 
0 K
 
 
0 walks
 
0 walks
 
 
 


Carmona looked like the Fausto of old during spring training as he went 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings. He struck out 13 and walked eight.A stark contrast from last year when he walked 78 and struck out 50 in an injury-plagued campaign. Carmona pitches heavy, inducing plenty of ground balls. in his career against Texas he is 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA, but is 2-0 at the Ball Park in Arlington.
Padilla is a pitcher who can sometimes battle control issues. Through in his
struggles against left handers and you have a starter who will win 12-14 games
a year with an ERA around four.Over the last three years Padilla has averaged 6.49 strike outs per nine innings. Against the Indians though, the number jumps to 9.68. Against the Tribe he is 2-2 lifetime with 32 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.









  

THE SKINNY 


The season-opening beat down Monday didn't exactly put a good taste in the Indians or fans mouths for this season. A good start by Fausto Carmona today would bring the Indians back to even and allow for the possibility to win the three-game series in Texas before returning to Cleveland for the home opener. All the talk about Monday's loss centered around Cliff Lee, but the offense managed just five singles and one run (scored on a wild pitch).
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