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Alex Cobb gave up one run on three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts over 6.1 innings against the Astros on Friday.
Now there's the Cobb fantasy owners have been waiting for as the 26-year-old right-hander notched double-digit strikeouts for the first time this season and ended a brutal three-game losing streak in which he allowed 16 runs over just 15.1 innings. Perhaps he was still shaking off some disabled list rust there during that stretch, but fantasy owners are going to need him to press forward and use this game as the necessary springboard. He's got a home start against the Orioles to prove this was no fluke. ANALYST: Howard Bender
T.J. House allowed three runs and four hits with four walks and three strikeouts in three innings against the Tigers on Saturday.
House has been awful through three starts, and he may not get too many more as the Indians originally planned to skip this turn in the rotation for House. That’s too bad because House showed a lot of positives last year. His walk rate was much better than average and supported by a good first pitch strike rate. And his strikeout rate was close to league average and came along with an above average swinging strike rate. He also induces a ton of groundballs. Groundballs, swinging strikes, and few walks? That’s everything we’re looking for. If the Indians remain patient with House, you should as well and keep an eye on him. Analysis: Brett Talley
Manager Paul Molitor said he considered batting Joe Mauer leadoff on Saturday.
Mauer gets on base a lot and will hit for a good average, which is what you look for in a leadoff hitter, but his lack of speed means that he probably will never leadoff more than just a couple times a year. Danny Santana, who was expected to lead off for the Twins this season, has struggled at the plate thus far and has yet to take a walk. Santana could be moved down in the order if he can't get it going on offensive. Analysis: Ben Diamond