Monday, August 3, 2020 2:32 AM EST
By NOAH TRISTER, AP
Cleveland’s starting rotation is rolling through the early stages of the season. The Houston Astros, on the other hand, are having to make do with a group that bears little resemblance to the one that pitched its way to the World Series last year. In 10 games, the Indians’ starters have struck out 86 batters with only nine walks, going 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA. It wasn’t long ago that Houston was the team with a rotation everybody feared, but Gerrit Cole is with the New York Yankees now, and Justin Verlander has been out with a strained right forearm.