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Cleveland Indians ready to dodge the broom against the Philadelphia Phillies

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I don't mind losing a few games in a row but please stop tossing my heart into a woodchipper.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

Tuesday, May 3, 2016. 6:10 PM ET, Progressive Field


Radio: WTAM


The Indians' last five games have all been decided by a single run. Three were walk-off losses, and a fourth loss was finalized only when a Jason Kipnis bomb inexplicably landed in a glove rather than the bleachers.

Players go through slumps. Teams go through slumps. While these things happen, fans go through every possible worst case scenario and pace around the living room muttering obscenities. I'm just assuming that everyone else here is like me. In the marathon that is a baseball season, there is plenty of time to recover from being a single game below .500 after 21 games.

Danny Salazar takes the bump against Vince Velasquez. The Phillies are trying for six straight wins; the Indians would like to avoid another heartbreaking loss.

Stats of note: Danny Salazar is fourth worst among qualified starters in BB/9 at 5.09, the fourteenth best in K/9 at 10.17, and has the sixth lowest BABIP at .192. It will be interesting to see how his numbers progress over the course of the season as he works on his command and his luck on batted balls regresses to the mean.

Today's Lineups

Jose Ramirez - 3B Odubel Herrera - CF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Freddy Galvis - SS
Francisco Lindor - SS Maikel Franco - 3B
Carlos Santana - 1B Ryan Howard - 1B
Yan Gomes - C Cameron Rupp - C
Tyler Naquin - CF Darin Ruf - LF
Rajai Davis - LF Cesar Hernandez - 2B
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Vince Velasquez - RHP
Danny Salazar - RHP Peter Bourjos - RF

Hey Tribe: Do the thing!