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Tomlin leads Indians against Rays in Cleveland, the City of Champions

It's going to take a long time for that to get old.

Let's keep the party rolling, Tribe.
Let's keep the party rolling, Tribe.
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Cleveland Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays

June 20th, 2016. 7:10 PM ET, Progressive Field


Radio: WTAM


The Cleveland Cavaliers ended a 52-year championship drought last night by defeating the Golden State Warriors. Now, the Cleveland Indians are tasked with starting a championship streak. They continue their season with renewed purpose tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Josh Tomlin leads the American League in strikeout-to-walk ratio with a career-best 7.143. This is actually only .001 higher than his total last season. Consistency is the norm for all things Tomlin, who has performed like an ace when judged using ERA+ according to a certain Lukehart, Jason.

Meanwhile, Drew Smyly baffled the Indians in their last meeting, striking out eleven and allowing only two runs in seven innings. Fortunately the Indians rode an even better performance from Carrasco to win the game. Smyly has alternated effective outings with -- stop me if this sounds familiar -- total implosions.

Things to look for on offense: Rajai Davis leads the American League in steals and is slashing .311/.373/.459 for the month of June. Meanwhile, keep your fingers crossed that Juan Uribe can keep doing whatever he's doing; before swatting five hits in the last two games, Uribe sat at .071/.100/.071 for June. If you count the last two games, it's 189/.205/.378.

Today's Lineups

Logan Forsythe - 2B Rajai Davis - CF
Brad Miller - SS Jason Kipnis - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B Francisco Lindor - SS
Logan Morrison - 1B Mike Napoli - DH
Steve Pearce - DH Carlos Santana - 1B
Corey Dickerson - LF Jose Ramirez - LF
Desmond Jennings - CF Juan Uribe - 3B
Mikie Mahtook - RF Yan Gomes - C
Curt Casali - C Michael Martinez - RF
Drew Smyly - LHP Josh Tomlin - RHP

Pointless prediction: We will have a two-run party at Napoli's during the game.