Royals-Indians: Series Preview

Ryan Mace@@rmacejrContributor IJune 9, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19:  Travis Hafner #48 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 19, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Royals (24-32) are heading into Cleveland to take on the Tribe in a three-game set starting Tuesday night.

The Indians (25-34) are coming off of a series against, division foe, Chicago and are looking to take their second consecutive series against a division opponent as they took two of three from the White Sox.

The Royals, after a strong start to the season, have hit a rough patch lately and are looking to get back into a very winnable AL Central race.

Game One has Kansas City's Brian Bannister, (4-3, 4.97 ERA) who is coming off of a tough start against Tampa Bay, going 3.2 innings giving up nine hits and eight earned runs in his third loss of the season.

He is looking to turn things around on Tuesday night at Progressive Field, going against Cleveland's Cliff Lee (3-6, 2.96 ERA) who has given the Indians a stellar year so far.

This should be a good one for the fans as Cleveland is looking to get into contention.

Game Two has Gil Meche (2-5, 4.08 ERA) throwing for the Royals against Cleveland's Carl Pavano (6-4, 4.63 ERA). Meche has thrown two solid starts in a row, receiving a no-decision for his efforts in both, while Pavano is coming off of a complete game shutout of Chicago in his sixth win of the season.

Game Three probables are Zach Greinke (8-2, 1.55 ERA) battling against Jeremy Sowers (1-3, 5.40 ERA). Greinke has been the story of the year for Kansas City, but has lost some flair as hitters are starting to make adjustments on him. He has earned a loss and a no-decision in his last two starts.

Sowers is coming off of two solid outings, a loss to Chicago where he threw six innings giving up two earned, and a no-decision to New York, throwing five innings giving up one earned run.

Look for this to be the most exciting game of the series as Progressive Field should be energetic for this series.

Cleveland needs a big series win here, if not a sweep, to really get serious about winning this division.

The Royals are still in it but have hit the skids and are not looking as strong as earlier in the season. Look for the Tribe to play with some fire as the home crowd will want to see a winner this week.


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