Apr 2, 2024 - News

What to know as Indians season starts

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It's time for another season of action at Victory Field. Photo: Jeffrey Brown/Getty Images

After kicking off the 2024 season over the weekend with a three-game series in Kentucky, the Indianapolis Indians make their home debut Tuesday night.

Why it matters: With no MLB team, the start of another Indians season is a date central Indiana baseball fans have circled on their calendars.

State of play: The Indians return with a 1-2 record, and Tuesday's game begins six straight days of baseball at Victory Field with a series against the Memphis Redbirds.

What we're watching: Pitcher Paul Skenes, the No. 1 pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, dominated in his Indians debut Saturday by being perfect across three innings and hurling a fastball that averaged 100.1.

Fun fact: Skenes is the boyfriend of LSU gymnast, Sports Illustrated cover athlete and social media megastar Oliva Dunne.

Reality check: The pitcher, who won a national championship and was named D1 player of the year during his only season at LSU, may have a stint in Indianapolis that's quicker than his fastball.

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to call up Skenes sooner than later, so get to Victory Field early in the season if you want to see him in action.

Other players to keep an eye on are Gilberto Celestino, Jake Lamb and Nick Gonzales, who performed well at the plate during their first three games.

  • Quinn Priester is also making noise from the bullpen, striking out nine on Sunday to secure the team's first win of the season.

If you go: Tuesday's game starts at 6:35pm and tickets start at $19.

  • The game has a $1 concessions promotion and a 60-degree weather guarantee, meaning if the weather is under 60 degrees at first pitch, everyone in attendance gets a ticket to another April home game.
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