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Cleveland Indians: Previewing the series vs. the Detroit Tigers

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Indians have a lot of guys in the All-Star race

All-Star voting season is in full swing and the Indians have a lot of guys fighting for contention. Jose Ramirez is currently the only Indians player on the roster, and he is dominating the voting at third base.

Francisco Lindor is closely trailing Carlos Correa and Manny Machado in the voting for shortstop. All three of these guys are having incredible seasons. When you look at some of the shortstops in the AL, you really see how much talent there is at the position. Michael Brantley is currently in fourth place in the outfield voting, but he has a long way to go. Fortunately, the Indians social media team is hard on the case.

https://twitter.com/Indians/status/1009103646854991872

Be sure to #VoteTribe

Worst/Best case scenario

Worse case: 1-2 series loss

YEP, I’M CALLING IT. I don’t think the Tigers can sweep the Indians. This is the stretch where the Cleveland Indians set themselves apart from the rest of the division. The Indians have gone 22-13 against the division and six of those losses have come against the Twins. The Indians don’t see Minnesota for over a month, so no one should slow them down in the division race. I hope this doesn’t fall back in my face.

Best case: 2-1 series win

While a sweep would be nice, it’s tough to sweep two series’s within your division back-to-back. That’s especially the case when you have two young pitchers starting. Still, two games would put the Indians up seven against the Tigers, and potentially the largest division lead of the year.

Next: A potential trade target for the Tribe

The series starts tonight at 7:10 PM EST and continues with another night game tomorrow and a daytime game on Sunday.

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