Cleveland Indians (57-56) vs. Cincinnati Reds (57-56)
Wednesday, August 6, 2014: 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park
The dark horse of the Cleveland rotation is on his second go-round with the club in 2014, after what was a miserable start to his year.
In his three starts since his demotion, Salazar has won each time he has taken to the hill. In addition, each start has been of the quality variety, a drastic difference from his first eight starts where he threw only two.
Never having faced the Reds before, the young fireballer will attempt to rely on his blazing fastball to record outs. Giving up upwards of more than a hit per inning, Salazar is certainly susceptible to the same treatment his teammate Josh Tomlin received just a night earlier. Great American Ball Park can be a daunting place for opposing pitchers who are not familiar with the confines.
Here is the lineup he will face via the team’s Twitter account:
CF – Billy Hamilton (yet to face Salazar)
RF – Jay Bruce (yet to face Salazar)
3B – Todd Frazier (yet to face Salazar)
C – Devin Mesoraco (yet to face Salazar)
1B – Brayan Pena (1-for-3)
LF – Chris Heisey (yet to face Salazar)
2B – Kristopher Negron (yet to face Salazar)
SS – Zack Cozart (yet to face Salazar)
P – Mat Latos (yet to face Salazar)
No stranger to the Cleveland Indians is Mat Latos, but although his numbers reflect poor efforts, that stems from a rocky 2012. Just a year ago, Latos shut down the Tribe bats en route to a win.
In his five home starts thus far in 2014, Latos boasts an iffy 4.74 ERA, opposed to his 1.85 on the road. One of the best pitchers in Reds history as far as winning percentage is concerned; this appears to be a minor blip on the radar of one of the game’s elite right arms.
Here is the lineup he will be facing via the team’s Twitter account:
2B – Jason Kipnis (1-for-7, 1 BB)
RF – David Murphy (0-for-2, 1 BB)
CF – Michael Brantley (3-for-8, 2 2B’s)
1B – Carlos Santana (3-for-7, 1 2B, 3 K’s)
3B – Lonnie Chisenhall (3-for-5, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
LF – Nick Swisher (1-for-3)
C – Yan Gomes (yet to face Latos)
SS – Jose Ramirez (yet to face Latos)
P – Danny Salazar (yet to face Latos)
Surprisingly, the Redlegs still sit only four games out of a playoff berth. All games remaining on the schedule are of the utmost importance, but when the Redlegs send their surrogate ace to the hill, it needs to be almost a sure thing. It’s Latos vs. Salazar at 7:10 p.m. tonight down at Great American Ball Park.