The red-hot Cleveland Indians begin their 10-game road trip tonight against the Texas Rangers. The Indians swept two back-to-back home series for the first time this year. They have won six in a row and they lead the American League with 21 wins at home. However, the lead the league in 19 losses on the road. That is probably why they split their 60 games that they played.
The Indians are just three games behind front-runner Detroit Tigers (31-25) and 1/2 game behind Chicago White Sox (31-30). Yet, Kansas City and Minnesota is just one-game behind, creating an 1-90 jam during rush hour.
The Rangers are also 30-30. They are 14-15 at home and just seven games behind Oakland A’s in the American League West.
The Indians will have Trevor Bauer (1-2, 3.63 ERA). He has 29 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. This will be is first time that he has faced the Rangers. He will be opposed by Yu Darvish (5-2, 2.08). The two-time all-star has reached double-digits in strikeouts three out of the last four games.
Hot on the Indians
Michael Bourn is batting .360 (9-25) in the home stand with six runs scored. Bourn had the game-winning walk-off homerun in Sunday’s 6-4 victory over Colorado and a game-winning two-run single in their 5-3 victory over Boston on Tuesday.
Indians pitching leads the league in strikeouts with 541. Corey Kluber (99) and Justin Masterson (66) leads the club.
What is not, hot…
The Indians are still leads the American League in errors with 58. However, only two in their six-game home stand.
First pitch, 8:05 p.m.