Preview: Indians Begin Final Regular Season Series Tonight in Kansas City
The regular season is finally upon us, and tonight starts the final slate as the Indians travel to take on the Royals after winning two of three against the White Sox.
The playoffs for the Indians have been set for awhile, but the team is trying to set for the postseason, looking to be sharp for their first game in Houston against the Astros a week from Friday.
Before that, they have four more games left, and the team needs one more win to reach 90 wins, which is less than they had a year ago, but the team health wise and mentally look to be in a better place than they were a season ago when they were fried from going through a 22-game win streak.
Here's a quick look at tonight's first matchup for the Indians and Kansas City.
Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Kauffman Stadium
Starting Pitchers: Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (2-5, 6.44) vs. Royals RHP Glenn Sparkman (0-3, 4.86)
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 Sox.
1. Could This Be It for Josh Tomlin?
Tonight could very well be the final appearance in an Indians uniform for veteran Josh Tomlin, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, and it's very tough to think he will make the teams' postseason roster out of the pen.
Many will remember the very tough season Tomlin has had, but on a positive note fans should remember the good times for the pitcher, who in his nine-year career, all with the Indians, has gone 61-53, winning some huge games in 2016 when the team went to the World Series.
This organization is stacked right now with starters, and while it would be a great story to see Tomlin come back as a valuable piece out of the pen, it's a lot more likely the team will move on from him.
2. Finishing Strong Against the Division
The Indians will see the Royals to end the season, and they will look to end the regular season on a high note as they have played well against the division all season.
Some see it as a sign of the Indians taking advantage of a weak division, but how many times have the Indians been in the position the likes of the Royals, Tigers and Sox have been in, looking up at better teams?
Entering Thursday's game, the team is 46-25 in divisional play, and will look to get to 50 wins in the division if they can get a sweep in Kansas City.
3. Beating Up the Royals
Kansas City will look to 2019 and what they can do to make next year a more competitive one, but they are limping to the finish line, having lost 6 of their last 10 games.
The Indians have beat up KC this season, as they have outscored them. 80-53. As good as the Royals were for those few seasons when they made playoff and World Series runs, they have gone backwards as they have tried to rebuild, but as Indians fans know all too well, it's been a tough process.
Feel sorry for them all you want, but the Indians want to wrap up the regular season taking care of business before they have close to a week off before the ALDS begins.