The Tribe face off against the Royals in a three-game series starting tonight at 8:15 pm ET in Kansas City. Trevor Bauer will take the mound against Jakob Junis, looking continue his current trend of being a solid pitcher for the Tribe. Bauer has been shaky this season for sure, but he has seemed to turn it around in his last game giving up just one hit with a season-high 12 Ks, improving his record to 6-6 with an ERA of 3.55.
I’m looking at Cleveland to take this first game against the Royals and have the offense wake up again. I’m also predicting Bobby Bradley settles into his new MLB role because remember, he’s young and needs to adjust to this level of play. Every Cleveland Twitter warrior thinks because the kid hasn’t hit a bomb or kept his average above .300 that he’s a bust and we “rushed him” does know that it takes some time for these guys to adjust. Anyway, Indians win game one on a Trevor Bauer new season-high for strikeouts.
Game two will be held, once again, at 8:15 pm ET, Wednesday night with Clevinger taking the mound against Danny Duffy. The forecast for Cleveland on Wednesday is calling for Sunshine and I think we’re going to get just that. I don’t think we rushed Clev back like every fair-weather Indians fan is saying right now, I think he just needs to get acclimated back to throwing whole games. I mean the guy is hitting 98 on the gun for the first time in his career and you’re telling me we rushed him back? Lose my number. Cleveland wins this game but by a thin margin, Hand earns himself another save and the Tribe gets that much closer to closing the AL Central gap (my prediction two weeks ago was five games back by the All-Star break and I’m sticking to it).
Game three is an early start, coming in at 1:15 ET with our “ice in his veins” rookie Zach Plesac taking on Homer Bailey. This is going to be a tougher one for the Tribe, as Bailey is one of the better pitchers coming out of Kansas City, but I think Plesac fully redeems himself after his little mishap this past weekend in Baltimore. Tribe complete the sweep on the Royals and start to fully nip at the heels of the Minnesota Twins, and move onto the “Battle of Ohio” in Cincinnati. Let’s hope no one upsets Mr. Puig when we roll through that dirty city four hours south of Cleveland, and that he doesn’t get his feelings hurt when we spank them too.
Tribe sweep the Royals for the first time this season and leave them to kick that filthy Missouri dirt. I am a firm believer in this team and they have the talent and the coaching to play with the best of them.
Roll Tribe, Jiggy