Series Preview 6/2-6/4: Indians vs. Royals


The Cleveland Indians (28-24) and Kansas City Royals (22-30) open a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium, their third matchup in the last 29 days. Despite two drastically different records, neither team has pulled ahead in the season series, each winning three contests dating back to May 5. Manager Ned Yost will start another two southpaws against an offense that has yet to solve left-handed pitching, most recently against Sean Manaea and his seven frames of one-run ball on Wednesday. Edwin Encarnacion is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak, batting .368 (14-for-38) with two doubles, three home runs and six RBIs. Michael Brantley and Francisco Lindor also featured 14 and 12-game hitting streaks respectively this past homestand.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (6/2, 8:15 p.m. ET): RHP Josh Tomlin (3-6, 5.79) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (6-3, 2.29)

Game 2 (6/3, 2:15 p.m. ET): RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-2, 2.89) vs. RHP Jason Hammel (1-6, 6.18)

Game 3 (6/4, 2:15 p.m. ET): RHP Trevor Bauer (5-4, 6.00) vs. LHP Eric Skoglund (1-0, 0.00)

Friday Lineup – Indians

2B Jason Kipnis (.232/.276/.408)

SS Francisco Lindor (.275/.344/.535)

LF Michael Brantley (.301/.370/.439)

1B Carlos Santana (.229/.325/.400)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.234/.349/.418)

3B Jose Ramirez (.287/.352/.484)

C Yan Gomes (.232/.323/.411)

CF Austin Jackson (.255/.309/.489)

RF Daniel Robertson (.233/.324/.333)

Friday Lineup – Royals

SS Alcides Escobar (.186/.212/.236)

3B Mike Moustakas (.250/.292/.500)

CF Lorenzo Cain (.257/.346/.358)

1B Eric Hosmer (.303/.359/.439)

C Salvador Perez (.262/.299/.481)

RF Jorge Bonifacio (.273/.325/.500)

DH Brandon Moss (.185/.258/.437)

2B Whit Merrifield (.294/.353/.484)

LF Alex Gordon (.175/.286/.206)

Disabled List – Indians

7-Day: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (concussion)

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 – Royals

10-Day: LHP Danny Duffy (strained right oblique)

10-Day: RHP Nate Karns (nerve irritation, right arm)

10-Day: LHP Scott Alexander (strained right hamstring)

60-Day: OF Paulo Orlando (fractured shin)

60-Day: LHP Brian Flynn (stable lumbar vertebral fracture)

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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