After a brief three-game road trip to Kansas City and an off-day Thursday, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park to take on old friend Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox have been on a tear as of late, winners of seven of their last ten contests and tied for first in the American League East. However, they will be sending one of their most streaky players in Clay Buchholz to the mound. The right hander has allowed at least five runs in five of his eight starts, and currently sports a 2-3 record and a 6.11 ERA.
Surprisingly, the Cleveland Indians have been in contention in the American League Central, trailing only the Chicago White Sox with a 21-17 record. The Indians will be sending the 2014 American League Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber to the mound to combat an extremely powerful Red Sox lineup. While Kluber has not been the same type of pitcher that he was in 2014, he has gone at least six innings in all but two of his eight starts. Kluber currently sports a 2-5 record with a 4.30 ERA.
The Red Sox made a flurry of moves this morning, placing both Carson Smith and Brock Holt on the disabled list, while recalling Blake Swihart and Noe Ramirez from Triple-A Pawtucket. As you can see below, Blake Swihart is in the starting lineup, batting ninth and playing left field. Swihart has been playing the outfield in Triple-A, which is currently a huge area of need for the big league club.