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The Cleveland Indians take on the Kansas City Royals for the last time this year

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The offseason is just ten games away. The Indians wrap up their final road trip of the year with three in Kansas City and the division leading Royals.

The AL Central champion Kansas City Royals
The AL Central champion Kansas City Royals
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Although the Tribe is officially still alive for the playoffs, the likelihood would require some fantastic scenario. The Indians will finish off their season series with the Royals in Kansas City with little to play for but pride.

  • Friday 8:10 PM: Carlos Carrasco (R) vs. Edinson Volquez (R)
  • Saturday 7:10 PM: Josh Tomlin (R) vs. Kris Medlen (R)
  • Sunday 2:10 PM: Danny Salazar (R) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (R)

The Upcoming Schedule: The 2015 season concludes with four home games with the Minnesota Twins and three with the Boston Red Sox.

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Playoff Watch: Rays at Blue Jays, Rangers at Astros, White Sox at Yankees, Twins at Tigers, Mariners at Angels.

Team in a Box

Kansas City Royals

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2015 Record

89-63

Runs/Game

4.5

5th

Runs/Game

4.0

3rd

AL Central

1st

OBP

324

6th

H/9

8.6

6th

Last 10

5-5

SLG

417

6th

BB/9

3.0

12th

Last 30

15-15

Steals

99

2nd

SO/9

7.1

11th

These teams just split a four game set in Cleveland a week ago.  The Royals took two of three in late April in Cleveland, then two of three in KC the week after. In early June, the Tribe did manage to take two of three in KC but then lost two of three again in late June.

The Royals lost two of three to the Tigers and just took two of three against the Mariners to clinch their first division title since 1985.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

wRC+

C

Salvador Perez

R

522

258

704

87

1B

Eric Hosmer

L

627

304

826

126

2B

Ben Zobrist #

S

493

285

836

132

3B

Mike Moustakas

L

577

282

814

123

SS

Alcides Escobar

R

574

256

612

67

LF

Alex Gordon

L

325

274

814

125

CF

Lorenzo Cain

R

527

307

845

131

RF

Alex Rios

R

353

269

674

82

DH

Kendrys Morales

S

619

291

840

129

2B

Omar Infante

R

455

220

552

44

OF

Paulo Orlando

R

238

250

727

94

OF

Jerrod Dyson

L

208

250

692

90

IF

Christian Colon

R

106

299

703

97

C

Drew Butera

R

90

215

562

55

IF

Cheslor Cuthbert

R

44

250

743

103

OF

Jonny Gomes ##

R

249

216

678

89

OF

Terrance Gore

R

4

000

250

4

C

Francisco Pena

R

3

000

000

-100

# includes stats with A's; ## includes stats with Braves

Now that the Royals have clinched the division, I suspect quite a few bench players will get some playing time, especially as a few guys are nicked up. But they are also still fighting for home field advantage as well.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

FIP

IP

WHIP

K/9

Edinson Volquez

R

3.62

3.82

186.1

1.31

6.8

Yordano Ventura

R

4.40

3.77

149.1

1.35

8.4

Jeremy Guthrie

R

5.95

5.67

146.2

4.56

5.0

Danny Duffy

L

4.22

4.53

132.1

1.41

6.5

Johnny Cueto #

R

3.45

3.46

201.0

1.10

7.6

Kris Medlen

R

3.51

4.15

48.2

1.17

5.9

Wade Davis

R

0.99

2.44

63.2

0.82

10.2

Kelvin Herrera

R

2.74

3.43

65.2

1.10

8.5

Franklin Morales

L

2.85

3.31

60.0

1.07

6.0

Ryan Madson

R

2.28

3.18

59.1

0.94

8.2

Chris Young

R

3.29

4.71

112.0

1.13

6.1

Luke Hochevar

R

3.57

3.96

45.1

1.32

9.1

Miguel Almonte

R

6.75

9.59

6.2

1.95

13.5

Scott Alexander

L

3.60

3.14

5.0

1.00

5.4

Joba Chamberlain ##

R

4.91

5.75

25.2

1.75

6.7

Michael Mariot

R

3.00

8.81

3.0

1.33

3.0

Louis Coleman

R

0.00

4.86

2.1

1.29

3.9

# includes stats with Reds; ## includes stats with Tigers

The matchups are identical to the previous series with the exception of Guthrie getting Duffy's start. And they may change now that the Royals have clinched.

It was also announced last night that closer Greg Holland is done for the season with a torn UCL.

On the Shelf

  • RP Tim Collins [60 day DL], out for season
  • SP Jason Vargas [60 day DL], out for season and 2016
  • P Brian Flynn [60 day DL], no timetable for return
  • CL Greg Holland [day to day], out for season
  • 2B Omar Infante [day to day], left oblique strain
  • C Salvador Perez [day to day], left lateral knee contusion

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2015

7

9

438

75

70

532

2014

10

9

526

74

76

488

Last 5*

50

42

543

474

411

565

Last 10*

104

79

568

965

810

579

All-Time

330

315

512

3005

2794

533

*Does not include 2015 stats

Prediction: I have none for this series.