Limping home after a three-game sweep at the hands of the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians go back to work tonight as they start a long homestand. First on the docket is former manager Eric Wedge and the Seattle Mariners, a team that has struggled to a mark of 53-72 this season, the first under Wedge.
The Tribe is looking to get back on track after they won two of three in Chicago against the White Sox to cut the Central deficit to 1.5 games. Then an awful weekend in Detroit has pushed the Tigers lead back to 4.5 games.
“We worked extremely hard for 10 days to get the lead back to 1 1/2 games,” Indians manager Manny Acta said. “Now we’ve had a rough series and we have to go to work again.”
Tonight the team throws righty Fausto Carmona (6-12, 4.89 ERA) against lefty Jason Vargas (7-11, 4.37 ERA) at 7:05. The turnaround is short for the two teams, as tomorrow at 1:05pm the two teams do battle twice, a day-night doubleheader at Progressive Field.
Many Indians fans are talking like the season is over after the three-game sweep in Detroit, but there’s plenty of baseball to be played, and with a homestand that includes the Mariners, AL Central last place Kansas City, and then Oakland, who are 13 games under .500, there’s no doubt the race is far from over.