Game 8: Tribe at M’s lineups
Notice anything odd?
That’s Indians closer Chris Perez. The right-handed stopper at the back-end of the Tribe’s bullpen. Right-handed. Right. Hand. Right?
Turns out that Perez is actually left-handed. That’s why he’s pictured there, signing a baseball with his left hand. It’s why he was in the visitors’ dugout prior to today’s game doing the same. It also explains his goofy personality and why he is such a natural fit for the oddball existence of a Major League reliever.
I asked Perez, “How does that happen?”
He shrugged between autographs.
Told him he should’ve tried throwing lefty.
“Yeah, I’d probably throw 150 mph with that arm,” he replied.
Here are today’s lineups…
Indians (5-2) at Mariners (2-5)
at Safeco Field, 9:10 p.m. ET
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2B
7. Travis Buck, LF
8. Matt LaPorta, 1B
9. Jack Hannahan, 3B
Pitching: RHP Justin Masterson (1-0, 1.29)
Pitching: RHP Doug Fister (0-1, 3.18)