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Dodgers vs. Indians Series Preview

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A pair of second place teams with eyes on the prize are set to engage in some interleague action to kick off the week when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians lock horns for the first time since July of 2014. This will be LA’s first run-in with an AL opponent, while the Tribe has struggled versus the NL dropping seven of its eight overall matchups.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Cleveland Indians
Dates: Tuesday, June 13 – Thursday, June 15, 2017
Location: Progressive Field

The Dodgers will be gunning for their fifth series win in seven tries when they invade Progressive Field looking to improve upon their poor 14-15 record as a visitor ( -$492 ). Dave Roberts’ squad entered the week trailing the NL West leading Colorado Rockies by 1.5 games.

The Indians also find themselves 1.5 games back in their divisional race with the Minnesota Twins currently leading the way. Since dropping two of three to the Royals at the end of May, Cleveland has won its last two home series but lost each of its two series played against the NL West.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Clayton Kershaw vs. Trevor Bauer

Kershaw continues to lead the way as the best starting pitcher in all of baseball. The lefty has been flat out money in the bank with 84.6 percent of his starts being of quality and the Dodgers coming out on top in 11 of his 13 made starts. He’s been a tough nut to crack on the road in going 4-1 with a 1.96 ERA and .205 BAA. Cleveland has had some issues against southpaws going 11-14 and averaging just 3.6 runs per game ( No. 25 ).

Bauer will enter his 13th start of the season on seven days of rest. Mother Nature ended his June 4 start at the Royals in less than two innings, so Terry Francona elected to throw him three days later and the results weren’t good. Colorado tagged him for five hits and 4 ER in just 3.1 innings of work. The Indians have split his 12 overall starts, and while 3-1 at home, he’s been very hittable evidenced by the 32 given up through 32.1 innings.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Brandon McCarthy vs. Corey Kluber

Since returning from the DL, McCarthy has made five starts with three of them being of quality. He’ll enter his 11th start off arguably his finest after limiting Washington to just three hits and 2 ER through seven innings to log win No. 5 on the season. He’s 6-5 with a 3.98 ERA and .260 BAA lifetime against the Indians, but will struggle to improve those numbers tonight with the Indians 20-15 and averaging 5.0 runs per game against righties ( No. 8 ).

Kluber has led the Tribe to wins in each of his two starts since returning from the DL. Though he only went six innings in both starts, he was dominant in allowing just nine hits and 3 ER while racking up a solid 18:3 K/BB ratio. Cleveland has won six of his eight overall starts to date, but he’ll get his stiffest test tonight since returning from injury after throwing at the A’s and White Sox. LA’s won 28 of its 44 games played against righties by averaging 5.0 runs per game ( No. 12 ).

Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Thursday, June 13, 2017, 12:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Rich Hill vs. Josh Tomlin

Hill simply hasn’t been able to get going this season. While injuries have hampered him, he just hasn’t been able to get the job done. None of his seven made starts have been of quality, and he’s yet to reach the sixth inning in any of them. He’s been pretty solid in a pair of road starts in going 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and .229 BAA, and could thrive again here with Cleveland preferring to take its hacks against righties. The under is 5-2 in his seven outings.

Tomlin sports an ugly 3-8 record and 5.73 ERA, but his 3.81 FIP and 4.08 xFIP paints a more concrete picture of him just being unlucky. Much of that is fueled by a .309 BABIP, so once the inordinate amount of hits start finding leather instead of green, his numbers should correct. Until then, he’s on the fade train especially when at home where he’s given up an outlandish 52 hits and 25 ER through 34.2 innings of work.