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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 18, 2017

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Game Preview: Cleveland (72-72) vs. Texas (83-64)

 

By Matt Van Wormer

This past weekend, the Indians salvaged a split with the Chicago White Sox, taking the final game of the series by a score of 7-3 with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching six decent innings.  While the Indians have fallen out of the race to win the Central Division, Texas is still trying to keep the Angels at bay as they are just three games ahead of Los Angeles.  The Rangers and Angels finish the season against each other with a three game series in LA that could decide the division.
 
Justin Masterson (11-9, 3.01, 1.23 WHIP) throws for the Indians tonight looking to help the Indians finish the season strong.  Masterson has looked tired down the stretch, giving up at least four runs in three of his last four starts.  Against the Rangers this year, Masterson is 0-1 after going 6.1 innings and giving up 10 hits and four runs back on June 3rd.  Elvis Andrus has five hits in eight at-bats against the Big Nasty so Justin will have to focus on keeping the speedster (35 Stolen Bases) off the base paths.
 
Also looking for his 12th win of the season tonight will be Matt Harrison (11-9, 3.50, 1.30).  Harrison has only won one of his last five decisions as he took down the Red Sox last Sunday, throwing seven innings and giving up just seven hits and two runs.  Harrison hasn’t faced the Indians this year but Jim Thome is 4 for 10 against the southpaw with three doubles and two RBI.
 
The real goal for the Indians now is to finish the season at .500 or better.  They can build on a lot of things going into the off season but most important is getting healthy.  The Indians will have a lot of decisions to make and every game should be treated as a tryout for next year.  Manager Manny Acta has done as much as he could with the cards he was dealt this year and you have to think that the Indians won’t be so unlucky next year.
 
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup:
 
 Texas Rangers Starting Lineup:
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
 
 
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