July 26, 1948
After a disappointing East Coast road trip where the pitching had one only complete game, Indians manager Lou Boudreau made a surprise move by announcing Ed Klieman to start the opener to homestand tomorrow night.
Klieman is currently 3-0 in 25 relief appearances with a 2.26 ERA, but has not made a start for the Indians since 1945. A year ago, he led the American League in appearances with 58, but Boudreau has been skeptical to give him a chance to start. Boudreau thinks Klieman does not have the stamina to last an entire game, possibly just three of four innings.
However, Klieman impressed Boudreau a month ago, throwing five innings against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first of their two exhibition games this season. His longevity, combined with pitching in seven of the 14 games on the road trip, has sold Boudreau on giving Klieman a chance. When Klieman was last a starter in 1945, he was just 5-8 with a 3.85 ERA in 38 games and 12 starts. He has been relegated to bullpen duty for the last two and a half seasons.
Regardless of whether it’s Klieman or anyone else, the Indians need a good start. Klieman and his bullpen mates were overworked on the east coast trip. They’ll now come home and face the same four opponents. The Indians were just 6-8 on the trip and lost their last four in a row.
Philadelphia is expected to send left-hander Lou Brissie (10-8, 4.38) to the mound to battle Klieman. The Indians seem to struggle with portsiders, losing to Mel Parnell of Boston and Ed Lopat of New York recently.
The Indians and Athletics are slated to play Tuesday evening and again on Wednesday afternoon. Boudreau has not named a starter for Wednesday’s contest yet.