Cleveland Indians (21-16) @ Philaelphia Phillies (18-21)
Tuesday, 7:05 - Scott Kazmir vs. Petite Bone
Wednesday, 1:05 - Corey Kluber vs. Cole Hamels
R - 179 (6th)
AVG - .264 (7th)
OPS - .787 (1st)
Unlike last series, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher will give a boost to the lineup. That's scary considering the Indians outscored the Phillies 20-2 over a 2 game set. Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, and Ryan Rayburn will be there to help out too.
ERA - 3.88 (15th)
WHIP - 1.28 (16th)
Kluber and Kazmir are a notch below mediocre, as far as starting pitchers go. Though, they very well could twirl quality starts against the lifeless Phils offense. The bullpen remains Cleveland's strength, with Chris Perez, Joe Smith, Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen, and Rich Hill all rocking ERAs south of 3.25.
Carlos Ruiz is batting .200/.481 through his first 12 games coming off suspension for a banned substance. Keep in mind, this was Chooch's 2nd time failing the piss test. I wonder how his stats pan out now that he's "clean". Hopefully it's just a slow start for him and he's back to his old ways sooner rather than later. If not, perhaps a visit to a pharmacist is in order.
Phils have the upper hand with the pitching match-ups, but Hamels has found a way to continually disappoint this season, so I say Cleveland sweeps the short series.