One 50 % of the Indians’ Opening Day matchup is established. The Francisco Lindor-significantly less lineup will be facing All-Star starting pitcher Jose Berrios when the Indians open up their 2019 campaign from the Minnesota Twins on March 28.
Berrios will most most likely deal with Corey Kluber when the two teams meet up with at Target Subject, but the Indians haven’t designed it formal however.
Berrios is a 24-year-old with tremendous upside, and 2019 could be the year he begins to attain it. The 2012 first-round draft choose has a 4-pitch repertoire that incorporates a mid-90s 4-seam fastball, slider, cutter, and a get the job done-in-development change-up. Final season with the Twins, Berrios began 32 games and stored an Period of 3.84 although striking out a quarter of the batters he faced. Like most young pitchers not named Shane Bieber, he struggled at occasions to retain walks under command with a 7.7 per cent stroll rate, which include a profession-significant six walks in his August 9 outing from the Indians.
Final year was a blended bag for the Berrios from the Indians. He shut out the Tribe offense on April 18 with 5 strikeouts more than 7. innings, but he permitted 4 runs in every single of his other two begins from Cleveland with a merged 9 strikeouts and seven walks in 10. innings.
With a right-hander on the mound, expect the Opening Day lineup to have Tyler Naquin in right area and both Matt Joyce (if he can make the roster) or Jake Bauers in as the specified hitter and/or left area and Hanley Ramirez driving the bench.