Indians-Twins: Series Preview

Ryan MaceContributor IJune 2, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Cleveland Indians runs the bases against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Twins and Indians are set for a three-game series in Minnesota.

The Indians are coming off a four-game set with New York in which they dropped three of four.

The Twins have won six of their last 10, and come home after grinding out a long road trip.

In Game One, Cleveland has David Huff (0-1, 10.97 ERA) starting against Minnesota's Kevin Slowey (7-1, 4.11 ERA). Huff hasn't been spectacular for the Tribe, but he showed promise in his last appearance, throwing four shutout innings against Tampa Bay. This will be a big game in the series, as both teams look for momentum.

Game two features Cliff Lee (2-6, 3.16 ERA) throwing for Cleveland against Anthony Swarzak (1-1, 2.08 ERA) for the Twins. Lee has pitched some great ball games but has not received run support from the Tribe, scoring 2.9 runs per game when Lee starts.

Game Three is a matchup of struggling starters—Fausto Carmona (2-5, 6.60 ERA) for the Indians and Scott Baker (2-6, 6.32 ERA) for the Twins. Both will try to get on track as this could be the rubber match on Thursday afternoon.

This is a big series for Cleveland, which finds itself eight games behind Detroit in the AL Central. Look for some intensity from the Indians as they begin a short, but important six-game road trip, with both series versus division foes.