Game postponements may aid Cleveland Indians in the long run

Apr 11, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Fans wait during a rain delay before a game between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees at Progressive Field. The game was postponed. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The last two days of baseball may be a blessing in disguise for the 2013 Cleveland Indians.

Coming off two straight losses to the Yankees by a combined score of 25-7 and four losses in their last five games, the Indians needed something to happen.  And that something happen to be rain, which gave Cleveland two days off before the start of a three-game series versus their division rival, the Chicago White Sox.  Rain forced the postponement of Wednesday and Thursday’s games against the New York Yankees, and although there is no formal make-up date, in the long run, the Indians needed this break, specifically their pitching staff.

The break allowed for Indians manager Terry Francona to haul over his pitching staff and make some changes. Pitcher Zach McAllister (0-1, 3.00 ERA) was to be the starter for Thursday’s game, but now is slated to pitch on Saturday instead. Indians ace pitcher Justin Masterson (2-0, 0.69 ERA) gets the nod Friday.

Brett Myers will start Sunday’s series finale while the Indians work out the rest of the rotation. Pitcher Carlos Carrasco who is 0-1 on the season with a 17.18 ERA, was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday.

Ubaldo Jimenez, who was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday, will now pitch Tuesday against Boston. In his last outing, Jimenez lasted all of 4 1/3 innings while giving up seven hits and seven earned runs.

Tags: Carlos Carrasco Justin Masteron Terry Francona Ubaldo Jimenez Zach Mcallister

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