Series Preview: Cleveland Indians back home with momentum for Brewers

Franmil Reyes #32 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Franmil Reyes #32 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians, Brad Hand
Pitcher Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

After reclaiming the division lead and an off day, the Cleveland Indians will return home for a three game set against the Milwaukee Brewers.

After topping the Kansas City Royals the last two games by a combined score of 15-1, the Cleveland Indians will return to Progressive Field for a three-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers, beginning this Friday (Sept. 4).

Having an off day on Thursday, the Indians are coming off an explosive offensive performance in back-to-back games, something that has become a bit of a rarity for the Indians this season.

The team belted four home runs on Tuesday in the 10-1 win over the Royals before Tyler Naquin knocked two round-trippers of his own on Wednesday to account for all five of the Tribe’s runs in the 5-0 victory, coming from a two-run shot and a three-run shot.

The pair of wins granted the Indians not only the series win, but also first place in the AL Central once again heading into their brief break with a one-game lead on the Chicago White Sox and 1.5 games on the Minnesota Twins with the Tribe holding a 23-14 record so far in the 2020 season.

Now looking ahead, the Indians will prepare for the National League’s Milwaukee Brewers who are coming off of a series split with fellow AL Central member, the Detroit Tigers as well as an off day themselves.

After falling to the Tigers 12-1 on Tuesday, the Brewers turned around to win 8-5 on Wednesday to close the series. The split series is indicative of Milwaukee’s season as they will enter the weekend with a 17-19 standing.

With two offenses that have been hit or miss recently, but hitting of late, this weekend series between the Indians and Brewers has the potential to be full of fireworks. To the same point, it could also turn into pitcher duels based on the lows of each offense and the scheduled starters for the series.