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Cleveland Indians pitcher Cal Quantrill will start Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox, while Shane Bieber will start Wednesday's game. This decision lines Bieber up perfectly to start the Indians' postseason opener. Likely, Quantrill will only pitch a couple of innings, but he owns respectable ratios in 2020. The 25-year-old has posted a 2.52 ERA and 25/7 K/BB over 25 innings, but he is not a recommended option against the high-powered White Sox offense.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Josh Naylor left Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning with an apparent injury. He awkwardly jammed his leg while sliding into second base after hitting a double. The 23-year-old was 3-for-4 on the night before being replaced by Oscar Mercado. More information about his status will come out following the game, but fantasy managers can leave him on the waiver wire regardless.
Cleveland Indians starter Shane Bieber is the current betting favorite to take home the American League Cy Young Award. Bieber leads the entire MLB with eight wins across his 11 appearances. He also leads baseball with a 1.74 ERA, 112 strikeouts, 13.9 K/9, and 10 quality starts. While Kenta Maeda and Lance Lynn have also enjoyed stellar seasons, Bieber seems to be in a class of his own in the AL. He will likely wrap up his regular season on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox, who he owns a 2-2 record against in his career. As always, he is a must-start fantasy option.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco experienced calf tightness during Tuesday's start against the Cubs, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. The 33-year-old allowed three runs over six innings Tuesday and was expected to also pitch the seventh inning, but he then informed the coaching staff of the calf tightness. Its really just being cautious, Indians pitching coach Carl Willis said. Didnt want him to go out and be in a situation where he started to alter his delivery and get himself in a bad position. Hes feeling better today. Hes gonna be treated, obviously, and at this point, I think we anticipate him making his next scheduled start. So thats the good news. It appears to be a minor issue as pitching coach Carl Willis said the team expects Carrasco to make his next turn through the rotation Sunday in Detroit, though it's worth keeping an eye on his status over the next couple days.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Aaron Civale took a no-decision during Wednesday's loss to the Cubs, surrendering two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three across six innings. The right-hander has made it through the sixth inning for the 10th time across all 10 starts this season. Civale limited the damage to RBI singles in the second and fourth innings. Otherwise, he turned in his seventh quality start of the year, leaving the game with the score tied, 2-2. The 25-year-old will take a 3.80 ERA and 1.20 WHIP into a Monday showdown against the White Sox. The White Sox have proven to be one of the toughest lineups in baseball -- so this is a tough matchup for Civale.