Game Preview: Oakland (60-73) vs. Cleveland (65-65)

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians squandered opportunities in yesterday’s game against the Kansas City Royals and it cost them more than a chance to gain on the Detroit Tigers.  With the Chicago White Sox earning a sweep against the Seattle Mariners, who couldn’t seem to lose last week in Cleveland, the Indians are now sitting in third place in the division, half a game behind the ChiSox and still 6.5 games behind the Tigers.  With Oakland coming to town for four games, the Indians bats will have to wake up and make the proper moves to ensure lots of wins this week before heading out on the road.

David Huff (1-2, 2.70, 1.30 WHIP) is coming off of his only bad start of his short time in the rotation this season.  He went just 2.1 innings in Detroit in the Indians 10-1 loss.  The difference between Huff in this start and his other starts was his control.  He walked four batters in that short outing and ended up giving up more runs (5) than hits (4).  With Josh Tomlin sidelined for at least two starts, Huff will have to get back the pinpoint accuracy he has displayed quite a few times.
The Athletics send righty Brandon McCarthy (7-6, 3.72, 1.24 WHIP) to the mound in the opener, coming off a win against the New York Yankees where he threw 7.2 innings, scattering eight hits and giving up three runs.  McCarthy will be looking for his third straight win tonight.  Indians hitters have not fared well against McCarthy in limited appearances and they didn’t face him back in May on their West Coast road trip.
With the calender ready to turn over to September, the Indians need to figure their stuff out and get the bats to wake up if they want any chance of staying in the race for the Central Division.  If they are going to make a move, now would be the time to do it.  With a record of 33-45 since June 1st, the Indians have not been able to recover from the numerous injuries that have hit them throughout that time.  But the guys that are playing have to find a way to win if they want to stay competitive.

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