Preview: Clevinger Takes the Mound as Indians and Royals Tangle in Kansas City

Matt Loede

Thursday night the Indians were 2-1 losers in what's becoming a trend for the team as of late, playing in extra innings.

Josh Tomlin made what might be his final start of his career with the Indians, and it was a shame that in looking good he didn't get any run support outside of a first run sac fly by Jose Ramirez which scored Francisco Lindor.

Tonight it's Mike Clevinger, who is in line to start game three of the ALDS at home against the Houston Astros making the start, as he will look for his 13th win of the season.

Ian Kennedy goes for the Royals, a pitcher who had his best start of 2018 early in the season against the Tribe.

Here’s a look at the breakdown against the Royals.

Date: Friday, September 28th

Time: 8:10 p.m. ET

Location: Kauffman Stadium

Starting Pitchers: Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (12-8, 3.07 ERA) vs Royals RHP Ian Kennedy (3-8, 4.59)

TV Channel: SportsTime Ohio

Online Stream: MLB.TV

Radio: ALT 99.1, AM WTAM 1100 and WMMS 100.7

Click the next pages for a preview of tonight’s matchup against the Royals.

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1. Clevinger's Final Warmup

Indians starter Mike Clevinger will take the mound tonight for the Indians, making his final start before the postseason. Terry Francona said that Clevinger will be in the mix for game three of the playoffs against Houston, basically meaning he will start the Monday home game.

Clevinger didn't get a start in the ALDS against the Yankees a year ago, and many fans felt like he earned it. He's been even better in 2018, so this time the team has decided he's done enough, so expect him to get ready for the postseason by trying to get his 13th win tonight.

In his last outing, Clevinger allowed two runs in five innings against Boston at Progressive Field last weekend in an Indians 5-4 win.

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2. Kennedy Looking to End the Year on a High Note

The Indians saw Royals Friday starter Ian Kennedy back on April 7th, which was the second home game of the year at Progressive Field. Kennedy was great that day, albeit it was about 35 degrees, as he went six innings of shutout ball, allowing just four hits in an eventual 1-0 Kansas City win.

He's not had a lot of bright moments in 2018, but that was probably his best, though he did look strong in his last outing against the Twins, throwing seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits in a Royals 3-2 win.

Let's see how much he's changed since April 7th, and if the Indians can make sure they don't sleep walk on offense like last night.

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3. Offense Looking to Rebound

Last night the Indians scored a quick run in the first off the Royals, but after that they were unable to do anything at the plate, going 1-for-10 overall with runners in scoring position.

They will look to put that bad night behind them tonight, but it will be interesting to see the lineup as Terry Francona likely will give some of the regulars a day off at some point this weekend with the playoffs looming and the team getting close to a week off before they have to play again.

On a high note, the offense did have a big nights two nights ago against the Sox, putting up 10 runs.

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