Series Preview 6/19-6/22: Indians vs. Orioles

Matchup

The Cleveland Indians (36-31) and Baltimore Orioles (34-34) open a four-game set from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, their first meeting of the 2017 campaign. Manager Terry Francona and company enter play as one of the hotter teams in baseball, riding a five-game winning streak and gaining some breathing room atop the AL Central ladder. On the contrary, manager Buck Showalter’s club is in search of any sort of success, losing 24 of their last 36 contests dating back to May 10. The Tribe pitching staff ranks sixth in baseball with a 3.93 ERA while the Orioles unit places 28th with a 4.97 ERA. Cleveland has won seven of its last 10 games while Baltimore has lost seven of its last 10 games.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (6/19, 7:05 p.m.): RHP Corey Kluber (5-2, 4.15) vs. RHP Dylan Bundy (7-5, 3.29)

Game 2 (6/20, 7:05 p.m.): RHP Josh Tomlin (4-8, 5.83) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 8.07)

Game 3 (6/21, 7:05 p.m.): RHP Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 3.21) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (3-6, 6.60)

Game 4 (6/22, 7:05 p.m.): RHP Mike Clevinger (2-3, 3.89) vs. LHP Wade Miley (3-4, 4.29)

Monday Lineup – Indians

SS Francisco Lindor (.256/.319/.488)

2B Jason Kipnis (.231/.279/.409)

3B Jose Ramirez (.313/.369/.546)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.261/.377/.496)

RF Lonnie Chisenhall (.279/.338/.615)

1B Carlos Santana (.219/.321/.381)

C Yan Gomes (.230/.318/.381)

CF Bradley Zimmer (.286/.368/.506)

LF Austin Jackson (.286/.370/.494)

Monday Lineup – Orioles

RF Seth Smith (.271/.352/.471)

3B Manny Machado (.217/.289/.426)

CF Adam Jones (.265/.305/.436)

DH Mark Trumbo (.263/.325/.415)

1B Trey Mancini (.310/.352/.576)

2B Jonathan Schoop (.289/.343/.533)

C Welington Castillo (.291/.323/.470)

LF Hyun-Soo Kim (.261/.327/.330)

SS Ruben Tejada (.250/.286/.350)

Disabled List – Indians

10-Day: OF Michael Brantley (right ankle sprain)

10-Day: RHP Danny Salazar (right shoulder soreness)

10-Day: OF Abraham Almonte (strained right biceps)

10-Day: OF Brandon Guyer (left wrist sprain)

60-Day: RHP Cody Anderson (right elbow surgery)

Disabled List – Orioles

10-Day: SS J.J. Hardy (fractured right wrist)

10-Day: RHP Mike Wright (right shoulder bursitis)

10-Day: 1B Chris Davis (strained right oblique)

10-Day: RHP Darren O’Day (right shoulder soreness)

10-Day: 3B Ryan Flaherty (right shoulder tendinitis)

10-Day: LHP Zach Britton (strained left forearm)

60-Day: OF Anthony Santander (right elbow inflammation)

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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