Series Preview 6/26-6/29: Indians vs. Rangers

Matchup

The Cleveland Indians (39-35) and Texas Rangers (38-37) open a four-game set at Progressive Field, their first meeting since Opening Day from April 3-5. Both teams are underperforming after cruising to division titles in the AL Central by an eight-game cushion and the AL West by a nine-game cushion in 2016. Despite the slow starts, their sights remain on the postseason thanks to the Tribe’s 12-11 record and the Rangers’ 12-9 record in the month of June. Cleveland swept the trio of contests between the two clubs earlier in the campaign, mainly because of Sam Dyson’s 72.00 ERA in a troubling inning of work (two appearances).

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (6/26, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-3, 2.99) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (2-0, 3.03)

Game 2 (6/27, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Mike Clevinger (3-3, 3.86) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (1-1, 9.35)

Game 3 (6/28, 7:10 p.m.): RHP Trevor Bauer (6-6, 5.53) vs. RHP Yu Darvish (6-5, 3.12)

Game 4 (6/29, 12:10 p.m.): RHP Corey Kluber (6-2, 3.24) vs. RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (3-0, 3.68)

Monday Lineup – Indians

SS Francisco Lindor (.251/.313/.474)

2B Jason Kipnis (.233/.286/.405)

3B Jose Ramirez (.321/.375/.567)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.261/.379/.486)

1B Carlos Santana (.222/.327/.380)

LF Brandon Guyer (.182/.237/.291)

RF Lonnie Chisenhall (.301/.366/.589)

C Roberto Perez (.168/.245/.232)

CF Bradley Zimmer (.293/.369/.485)

Monday Lineup – Rangers

RF Shin-Soo Choo (.257/.382/.439)

SS Elvis Andrus (.293/.341/.439)

LF Nomar Mazara (.271/.340/.451)

3B Adrian Beltre (.284/.362/.481)

2B Rougned Odor (.210/.249/.380)

CF Carlos Gomez (.256/.335/.506)

C Jonathan Lucroy (.267/.308/.381)

DH Mike Napoli (.192/.272/.418)

1B Joey Gallo (.194/.289/.504)

Disabled List – Indians

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

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

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

Disabled List – Rangers

10-Day: LHP Martin Perez (fractured right thumb)

10-Day: RHP Jeremy Jeffress (lower back strain)

10-Day: RHP Tony Barnette (strained right ring finger)

10-Day: RHP Andrew Cashner (strained left oblique)

10-Day: LHP Cole Hamels (strained right oblique)

60-Day: RHP A.J. Griffin (left intercostal muscle strain)

60-Day: SS Hanser Alberto (right shoulder tightness)

60-Day: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (partially torn UCL, right elbow)

60-Day: LHP Jake Diekman (ulcerative colitis)

60-Day: DH Prince Fielder (herniated discs in neck)

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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