The Bisons travel to Indiana to face the Indians, the affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In game 1, the Indians will send top prospect Gerrit Cole to the hill to take on Miguel Batista. I am excited for this and I'll definitely be watching every pitch Cole throws Tuesday night.
The probable starters for the series are:
Tim Alderson vs Davis Bush
Andy Oliver vs TBA (Ricky Romero?)
Brandon Cumpton vs Justin Germano
The Indians roster includes the following players:
Brett Carroll is their team leader in HR with 5. He is hitting .265 in his last 10 games. He is a great defensive OF and has shown some nice pop so far this season. Only 1 of those is likely to continue.
Ivan De Jesus is hitting for a .333 AVG (.300 in his last 10 games) in 84 AB with a .385 OBP. He came over in the same trade that brought Jerry Sands for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt.
Darren Ford has 10 SB, which ties for 2nd on the club. He's hitting .258 in his last 10 games.
Jared Goedert is hitting .210 this season, but has a career built upon minor league success. He owns a .265/.338/.478 slash line in 1033 Triple-A AB.
Matt Hague is hitting .302 in 139 AB with a .389 OBP.
Josh Harrison has 10 SB to tie for 2nd on the team. He owns a .390 OBP.
Brian Jeroloman, the former phantom Blue Jay, has a .481 OBP and the Brian Jeroloman BB Meter will be in full effect this series.
Jordy Mercer leads the team in RBI with 19. He is hitting .333 on the season in 96 AB with a .404 OBP.
Felix Pie has 3 HR to place 2nd on the club. He also leads the club in SB with 12. The former Cubs "future superstar" has been a major disappointment in his Major League career.
Alex Presley has been up and down with the Pirates since 2010. His MLB slash line in 587 AB is .261/.302/.422 vs his Triple-A slash of .309/.375/.462
Tony Sanchez, former top draft pick, has a .457 SLG% to lead the team.
Jerry Sands came over from the Red Sox in the Hanrahan deal. He was also involved in the huge Adrian Gonzalez/Carl Crawford/Josh Beckett blockbuster deal last August. He's been dog shit this season, with a .159/.286/.195 in 113 AB.