Cleveland Indians-Los Angeles Angels Series Preview 6/10-6/12
The Cleveland Indians (33-26) head to Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels (26-34) in a three-game weekend series. The Indians will look to extend their three-game lead in the division over the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals. This is the first meeting between the Indians and Angels this season. The Indians won the season series last year, taking four of six. Here are the probable pitching matchups for the weekend series between the two clubs:
"Friday (6/10): RHP Corey Kluber (5-6, 3.84 ERA) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (3-3, 5.07)Saturday (6/11): RHP Trevor Bauer (4-2, 3.80) vs. RHP Matt Shoemaker (3-7, 5.40)Sunday (6/12): RHP Danny Salazar (6-3, 2.24) vs. undecided"
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Salazar will be making his first start since getting
early this week due to shoulder soreness. The Indians hope the extra rest is all he needs. Salazar currently leads the American League with his 2.24 ERA and is second strikeout rate at 10.67 K/9 (Chris Archer
, 10.95). The Angels have not officially announced their starter for Sunday; however, former Indians’ pitcherDavid Huff
is the most likely candidate. He started for the Angels on
after recently joining the club. Huff was the Tribe’s first pick in the 2006 draft and spent parts of five seasons with the big league club.
The Indians will get catcher Yan Gomes back this series after he missed the last two games after taking a foul ball off the groin area (testicular contusion). Rookie Tyler Naquin will look to continue his hot streak for Indians. Since returning from the disabled list, Naquin is hitting .350 with four home runs and a ridiculous 1.000 slugging percentage. In fact, over half his hits since his return have gone for home runs (he has seven since returning).
Following their series in Anaheim, the Indians will head to Kansas City to take on the Royals in a three-game series. It’ll wrap up their long ten-game road trip before they return to Cleveland. The Tribe is 2-2 thus far on the road trip, after splitting their four-game series against the Seattle Mariners. The lineups for the Indians and Angels in the series opener tonight are: