There’s good news and bad news for Cleveland Indians fans heading into this afternoon’s (Aug. 27) series finale against the Kansas City Royals.

First, the bad news: Carlos Carrasco, who had an outstanding first half of the season, has struggled since the All-Star Break, giving up at least 5 earned runs four times since mid-July. That includes his last outing, giving up 6 ER against the Boston Red Sox in an Indians loss.

Now, the good news: The Indians have held the Royals scoreless through the first two games of this series, and the Royals haven’t scored a run in 25 innings. The Indians have outscored Kansas City 8-0 through the series’ first two games.

Carrasco (12-6, 3.95) is 7-6 with a 3.71 ERA in his career against Kansas City. The Royals will counter with southpaw Erik Skoglund (1-1, 5.59), who makes an emergency start in place of Danny Duffy. Duffy was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday (Aug. 26) with an impingement in his left elbow.

The Indians head into today’s 1:10 p.m. first pitch with a 6.5 game lead in the AL Central over the Minnesota Twins. The Tribe leads the third-place Royals by eight games.

The Indians are 8-6 against Kansas City this season. Following today’s contest, the two teams face each other four more times, during a four-game series in Cleveland, Sept. 14-17.

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