Cleveland Indians lineup for AL Wild Card game

Lonnie Chisenhall gets the start tonight. - Rob Carr

Drumroll please...

Tonight's lineup

  • CF Michael Bourn
  • 1B Nick Swisher
  • 2B Jason Kipnis
  • DH Carlos Santana
  • LF Michael Brantley
  • RF Ryan Raburn
  • SS Asdrubal Cabrera
  • C Yan Gomes
  • 3B Lonnie Chisenhall

Only real surprise is Chisenhall over Aviles at third base, as Aviles had been getting many of the starts down the stretch. Chisenhall gives the Indians that instant offense threat, and home runs tend to be the easiest way to score against good pitching. The only other real decision was whether Jason Giambi would be the lineup, but in order to do that Swisher would have had to be in right and Santana at first, meaning that the defense would suffer for at best a push on offense.

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