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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 22, 2017

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Game Preview: Cleveland (70-70) vs. Chicago (71-70)

By Matt Van Wormer

After the Indians were swept away by Victor Martinez and the Tigers yesterday, they will now have to turn their focus to playing the role of spoiler as they head to the south side of Chicago to battle the White Sox.  The Indians chances of making the playoffs sit at 0.2 percent right now, according to ESPN.com.  What they need to do is try to finish the season as strong as possible and build into next year.
 
That starts tonight as David Huff (2-3, 2.81, 1.19 WHIP) takes the mound for the Tribe.  Huff almost had a chance to face the White Sox this year as he started a game and after the first hitter, the field was hit with a major rain delay causing Huff’s exit.  Alexei Ramirez is a guy that Huff will have to be very careful against as he is 5 for 9 against Huff with two Home Runs.
 
For the White Sox, Gavin Floyd (12-10, 4.45, 1.18) will get the start.  Floyd is coming off a bit of a rough outing when Detroit tagged him for eight hits and four runs over five innings last week.  He stymied the Indians back on July 22nd, scattering four hits over 7.2 innings of work and giving up no runs.  None of the Indians players have much of a history against Floyd.
 
Do I think that the Indians have given up hope of making the playoffs?  No.  Manager Manny Acta won’t let his team quit.  Being the team that keeps the White Sox out of the playoffs seems to be the role that the Indians are destined to for now though.  If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that the Tribe would be fighting for the playoffs all the way into September, I would have taken it in a heart beat.  And you’re lying to yourself if you don’t feel the same way.
 
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup:
4. Jim Thome, DH
 
Chicago White Sox Starting Lineup:
6. Alex Rios, CF
 
 
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