Still, even with their hot stretch, the Indians remain 16 games below .500 and 12.5 games out of first in the AL Central.
Head to Head:
The Yankees took three out of four from the Indians at the end of May, and they did it with offense, offense and a little bit of offense. They averaged more than nine runs per game and the only loss came at the hands of Joba Chamberlain.
|Date:||Yankees starters||Indians starters|
|Mon., 7:05 p.m.||J. Vazquez (8-7, 4.68)||J. Westbrook (6-6, 4.74)|
|Tues., 7:05 p.m.||CC Sabathia (13-3, 3.18)||Josh Tomlin (0-0, 0.00)|
|Wed., 7:05 p.m.||A.J. Burnett (8-8, 4.77)||F. Carmona (10-7, 3.51)|
|Thurs., 7:05 p.m.||Sergio Mitre (0-2, 3.99)||Mitch Talbot (8-9, 4.08)|
Dustin Moseley (0-0, 4.22) is taking Mitre’s spot start Thursday.
Players to Watch:
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez. He’s sitting on 599 homers. Everyone going to these games in Cleveland are there for one reason: To see A-Rod’s 600th.
Indians: Trevor Crowe. He has led the Indians’ charge in the second half with his .343/.410/.571 hitting line. Also, if I’m remembering this right, Crowe made a sensational grab in center back in May at a game I attended.
This doesn’t seem fair. The Yankees are in an easy part of their schedule, but are playing teams that are overachieving. The Indians were supposed to be a breeze, but now I see they’re hot and I’m having some doubts. I’ll be happy with a series split but don’t be surprised if Josh Tomlin throws eight shutout innings in his major league debut tomorrow night and the Indians sweep.