Indians – What to Watch For : April 4

Apr 3, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher (right) celebrates with catcher Carlos Santana (41) and pitcher Joe Smith (38) after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Indians beat the Blue Jays 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

What: Cleveland Indians at Toronto Blue Jays
When: 7:07 ET
Where: WTAM , STO
Starters: Brett Myers (0-0) vs. Mark Buehrle (0-0)

Will the Indians starting pitching continue to be strong?

Brett Myers makes his Indians debut, and after strong back-to-back outings by Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, look for Myers to try to contain this strong Blue Jays lineup. This is the first chance to see whether Myers can make a case for himself to stay as the number 3 starter in this rotation. After a year of relief pitching with the Astros and White Sox, the Indians signed him in hopes that he would compete for a spot in the rotation. It will be interesting to see how he performs as a starter for the Tribe after a year of staying in relief.

Will the offense produce more runs?

After two strong pitching performances by the Blue Jays front two, look for the Tribe’s speedy offense to score some more runs than we’ve seen in the very early season. I look for Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana to perform tonight, as they have both hit very well against Buehrle in their careers.

Will the “Bullpen Mafia” continue their dominance?

Arguably the strongest part of this team is the bullpen. The bullpen has pitched 11 innings this season, and given up only 3 hits. And the only run given up was the little gift Chris Perez left for Jose Bautista on Wednesday. If Myers has a shaky start and gets pulled early, or leaves with a tight lead, look for the bullpen to continue their dominance.

Prediction: Indians 8, Blue Jays 6

Topics: Brett Myers, Toronto Blue Jays

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