Kansas City Royals @ Cleveland Indians
Monday, April 27, 2015, 6:10 ET, Progressive Field
TV: MLB.TV, STO
The Indians badly need to win a series, especially with them already being 6 games behind Detroit and 5.5 games against Kansas City. Tonight's pitching matchup (Corey Kluber vs. Jason Vargas) should give the Tribe a big advantage, but I'm finished with thinking a favorable pitching matchup means good things, especially when the mediocre opposing starter is a lefty.
|KANSAS CITY ROYALS||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Alcides Escobar - SS||Jason Kipnis - 2B|
|Mike Moustakas - 3B||Mike Aviles - 3B|
|Lorenzo Cain - CF||Michael Brantley - LF|
|Eric Hosmer - 1B||Carlos Santana - 1B|
|Kendrys Morales - DH||Ryan Raburn - DH|
|Alex Gordon - LF||Jerry Sands - RF|
|Salvador Perez - C||Roberto Perez - C|
|Omar Infante - 2B||Michael Bourn - CF|
|Jarrod Dyson - RF||Jose Ramirez - SS|
|Jason Vargas - LHP||Corey Kluber - RHP|
I understand moving Bourn out of the leadoff spot, but it's not as though Kipnis/Aviles is an exciting combination at the top either. Frankly, Brantley/Santana/Raburn is the only stretch of that lineup that inspires any excitement in me right now.
Three Tribe affiliates are in action this evening. You can find those games here.