Cleveland Indians: Previewing the series against the Royals

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Pitching Matchups

RHP Carrasco (CLE) vs. RHP Keller (KC)

Carlos Carrasco completely turned things around from his first start. He completely dominated the Toronto Blue Jays. He racked up 12 strikeouts through five innings becoming the first pitcher in the modern era to do so. Outings like this are what make the Indians rotation so dominant. Carrasco will look to bring his ERA down even further against this underwhelming Royals lineup.

Brad Keller has pitched three strong outings so far this year touting an ERA of 2.84. Last year he had a 1.46 ERA against the Tribe in for games, so the Indians certainly have their work cut out for them in this outing.

RHP Rodriguez (CLE) vs. RHP Bailey (KC)

Jefry Rodriguez will make his first start for the Cleveland Indians after coming over from the Washington Nationals in the Yan Gomes trade. He’s pitched in Triple-A Columbus in just one game where he got a little roughed up allowing 3 runs in 5.2 innings. He pitched 8 games for the Nats last year to the tune of an ERA over 5.00.

Homer Bailey was rocked by the Mariners in his last outing allowing seven runs in five innings. He’s only pitched 10 innings this year in his first year with the Royals, but he has struggled in the last three years against the Tribe. In four games against Cleveland in the last three years, he has an 8.44 ERA.

RHP Kluber (CLE) vs. RHP Junis (KC)

Corey Kluber seemed a little shaky to some fans, but he went out and dominated the Tigers in his third start of the year. Now, game number four comes against another division foe that Kluber has absolutely dominated.

Jacob Junis is another starter who was rocked by the powerhouse Mariners offense. He’s allowed at least three earned runs in every start he’s made this year and he will have his hands full with an Indians lineup that has beaten up on him since he came into the league.