The Cleveland Indians and the Milwaukee Brewers are due to start their three-game series on Tuesday night, as the Tribe will look to shake off their tough times over their current road trip. After being swept by the New York Yankees, Cleveland will turn to their ace Corey Kluber to get things going.
With that being said, let’s look at three keys to an Indians victory.
1. Getting Kluber Run Support- The Tribe did a good job of providing Kluber with run support in his last outing, as he was blessed with nine runs over the first three innings in his start against Texas. He probably won’t get that type of scoring from the offense tonight, so it’ll be time for him to settle back in.
Kluber will have to keep an eye on new Brewers additions Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, two guys that have been the only consistent batters in the Milwaukee lineup. If he can set those guys down, he’ll be in business.
2. Waking The Offense Up Early- Cleveland was being no-hit for most of their game against New York before finally breaking through in the eighth inning. However, they were facing a guy in Domingo German who was making his first start. German appeared unfazed by the moment and pitched like he had nothing to lose, mowing down Tribe batters left and right.
Tonight, the offense will see Wade Miley, who’s making just his second start for Milwaukee this season. Miley was recovering from a groin injury but made great progress in his first outing against Cincinnati, as he held the Reds to one run and struck out four through six innings of work. He’ll try to keep making strides against an Indians offense that could use another jolt.
3. ‘Pen Problems- The Cleveland bullpen has been a wreck as of late. Ever since Andrew Miller hit the DL, the Indians have been unable to send it to the ‘pen to finish the job. Everyone from Cody Allen to Dan Otero looks rattled and out of a rhythm, causing concern for the starters who hand the ball over after quality starts.
With everyone playing well besides the relief staff, it’s got to be frustrating for the Tribe to know that they’re losing opportunities at adding “W’s” in the win column due to shaky late-inning work. Maybe the relievers will be able to figure out tonight.