The Indians lost a very disappointing series to Oakland, while, at the same time, the Tigers won a five game series against Kansas City. This has made the Indians place in the Central Division even more difficult and if they don't turn things around quickly, the Indians will be looking at a position to far back to even dream of the playoffs.
Next, they will take a short trip south to play the Angels in Anaheim (not Los Angeles), a team that on paper is much superior to the A's, but in the standings are 15 games behind. Get ready to stay up late as the Indians play their final three games on the West coast this season.
Game 1: Monday, August 19th 10:05 PM EDT
Danny Salazar, RHP, 1-1, 4.08 ERA vs Jered Weaver, RHP, 7-6, 3.49 ERA
Game 2: Tuesday, August 20th 10:05 PM EDT
Zach McAllister, RHP, 5-7, 3.74 ERA vs C.J. Wilson, LHP, 13-6, 3.40 ERA
Game 3: Wednesday, August 21st 7:05 PM EDT
Justin Masterson, RHP, 13-9, 3.59 ERA vs Jerome Williams, RHP, 5-9, 4.90 ERA
- The Indians blew their chance at home against the Angels, who are already out of the playoff race. To make up for that and stay with the Tigers, the Tribe will have to go at least 2-1. With the Tigers playing the Twins, the Indians will have to sweep if they want to gain any ground at all.
- Unluckily for the Indians, they will have to face the same two pitchers who beat them in their previous series, in Weaver and Wilson. The Indians will need to win one of these games in addition to game three, which they should be able to take behind their ace.
- The best chance at winning either of the first two games will be in game one, behind Salazar who was great in his first start and pretty good in his second. The Angels are an easier opponent than the Tigers, and Salazar will be going on seven days rest, so he should have no problem throwing his 100 MPH fast ball by the weakened (no Albert Pujols) Angels lineup.
- The Indians have finally regained some patience at the plate, walking 14 times against the Athletics and they will need to keep this going against LA. Without Mark Reynolds or any other discernable power hitter, it is more important than ever for the Indians to use a strong fundamentally sound offense.