(Editor's note: TribeGuy1997 originally posted this article as an 80-grade comment on a game recap)
I want to break down the remaining schedule a little bit. So bear with me. First, we have two third of our remaining games at home, where we have been 32-25 this season. We have a very lefty heavy lineup and a pitching staff composed entirely of right handers outside of Sam Hentges. Now let's take a look at how our lineup and pitching staff may matchup with each of our remaining opponents!
9 games against Kansas City (6 at home)
The Royals are 20-40 on the road, but 32-37 at home, and 22-49 vs teams over .500. Their pitching is the worst in baseball against LHH and their hitting is 6th worst vs RHP. This is an extremely good matchup on paper for us.
8 games against Minnesota (5 at home)
The Twins are 38-28 at home, but 27-33 on the road and just 24-34 vs teams over .500. They have the 13th worst pitching vs LHH and the 6th best hitting vs RHP. They are very, very beat-up right now, though (just go take a look at their IL), and have been struggling a lot of late. Considering 5 of these are at home I consider this a decent matchup for us.
4 games against Chicago (1 at home)
The White Sox are 30-34 at home, 33-31 on the road, and just 27-37 vs teams over .500. Their pitching is 12 best vs LHH and their hitting is 10th worst vs RHP. Another team that is pretty beat up and has been struggling mightily all year long. This should be a good matchup for us.
3 games against Seattle (at home)
The Mariners are 35-30 on the road and 33-31 vs teams over .500. They have the best pitching in baseball against LHH and their hitting is 11th best vs RHP. This team is healthy and firing on all cylinders as we saw this weekend. The only silver lining is that we get them at home this time, but I think this is a bad matchup for us.
3 games against Baltimore (at home)
The Orioles are 30-36 on the road and are 31-38 vs teams over .500. They have the 13th best pitching vs LHH and also the 13th best hitting vs RHP. This team is playing well right now, but they have been a different team on the road this year and will be coming into Cleveland on the last series of a 9 game road trip. As well, we have our 3 best starters going this series. I like us in this series and would consider this a decent matchup for us.
3 games against Texas (on the road)
The Rangers are just 28-36 at home and 25-41 vs teams over .500. They have the 12th worst pitching vs LHH and the 13th worst hitting vs RHP this year. This team has been pretty bad all year, outside of a recent series against Minnesota where they took 3 of 4. This should be a pretty good matchup for us.
3 games against Tampa Bay (at home)
The Rays are 28-34 on the road and 32-33 vs teams over .500. They have the 8th best pitching vs LHH and the 12th best hitting vs RHP this season. This team has been hot of late and should be getting Wander Franco back by the time they come to town in late September. On paper they probably over match us, but they have struggled a bit on the road this year. If Cleveland can avoid McClanahan this time around there's a good shot at taking 2/3 but not knowing that yet I would say this is a pretty evenly matched series.
3 games against Los Angeles (at home)
The Angels are 29-37 on the road and just 25-47 vs teams over .500. They have the 5th worst pitching vs LHH and the 8th worst hitting vs RHP this season. This is not the same Angels team that steam-rolled us in Anaheim in April. Yes, they did just get Mike Trout back and he's doing what one would imagine, but this team is just plain not good and especially not on the road. It's not hard to see why this looks like an extremely good matchup for us.
I've seen some talk around the Cleveland sports sphere about how our schedule just doesn't let up down the stretch. I don't think that is really true. This team has the blessing of having almost all of it's remaining games against good opponents at home, were we have excelled this year, and our pitching is firing on all cylinders at the right time. Looking at our matchups I do not think it is hard to see us winning: 6 vs KCR, 5 vs MIN, 2 vs CWS, 1 vs SEA, 2 vs BAL, 2 vs TEX, 1 vs TBR, and 2 vs LAA. That would put us at 88 wins to close out the year, which would certainly win us the division. Oh and don't forget, this team has only lost one series since July 11th! As well, this layout would have them losing 4 more down the stretch and doesn't assume any sweeps.
In short, we got this. Go Guards!