There's no place like home for the holiday. After getting pounded on the road for three in Chicago, the Indians will return home to face the dilapidated Royals on Memorial Day. The Indians have won four of six against Kansas City so far this year and will look to continue on at that pace. With the sweep by the White Sox the Tribe have fallen to a half game lead over those same Sox. Chicago will be playing against the second best team in the American League (Tampa Bay) so the Indians have a good chance to make up at least a game during this series.
After going through the first month and a half with only minor injuries (Grady Sizemore, Jack Hannahan, Josh Tomlin), the final game against Detroit was a disaster. Travis Hafner is still day-to-day after missing the entire series in Chicago as is Asdrubal Cabrera. If that's not bad enough, Carlos Santana remains on the disabled list and his replacement, Lou Marson, was hit in the face with a baseball yesterday. Luckily, Lou Marson's face is made of concrete so he shouldn't miss any more time. In all the moves to create depth after the injuries, Rafael Perez was placed on the 60 day DL, keeping him out until the middle of June.
*Roster Update: Jack Hannahan has been placed on the 15 day DL with a strained hamstring and Lonnie Chisenhall has been brought up in his place (best injury call up ever). To make room for Josh Tomlin on the roster, Jairo Asencio has been designated for assignment. He is out of options and will be exposed to waivers. If he clears waivers he can be sent to Columbus. If he doesn't the Indians have 10 days to trade or release him or to bring him back to the MLB team.
May 28th, 4:05 EST: Nathan Adcock, RHP, 0-2, 2.33 ERA vs Josh Tomlin, RHP, 1-2, 4.67 ERA
One player is returning from injury after all the pain that happened in Chicago. Josh Tomlin will be coming off the 15 day DL to take the place of Zach McAllister in the rotation. McAllister pitched well with the team during this time around, but he doesn't have the consistency or the ability to completely dominate that Josh Tomlin brings to every game yet. He will certainly play a part in the future of this team, probably again later this season when Derek Lowe's arm falls off or when some other less likely injury scenario occurs.
The Indians haven't faced Adcock this season as he will be making his second start of the year. They did face him last season, twice in relief as he came in for long relief in two Indians routs. He pitched well in both games, especially considering the Indians won the two games with a combined score of 26-3. Adcock only gave up a single earned run in 4.2 innings pitched over the two games.
May 29th, 7:05 EST: Will Smith, LHP, 0-1, 13.50 ERA vs Justin Masterson, RHP, 2-3, 4.62 ERA
The Indians will face the rapper turned actor turned white left handed pitcher and look to turn around their recent failures against lefties making their debut against the team. If only they had Carlos Santana available, the Tribe Called Tribe would certainly be able to win this battle of the bands.
Justin Masterson just pitched his best game of the season for his second win o the year and Travis Hafner and Asdrubal Cabrera are scheduled to return during this game against a young pitcher with an ERA over 10.00. This game should be a laugher for the Tribe, but you never know. Be prepared for another low scoring game as the Indians hitters attempt to make Will Smith look like Justin Verlander.
May 30th, 12:05 PM: Bruce Chen, RHP, 3-5, 4.81 ERA vs Jeanmar Gomez, RHP, 3-3, 3.94 ERA
Bruce Chen certainly has a history against the Indians as he has played with Kansas City since 2009. The lefty made his Major League debut in 1998, puting him about 10 years behind Jamie Moyer and yet still one of the longest tenured players in the Major Leagues. He is yet to play against the Indians this season.
Ever since his suspension, Jeanmar has thrown into the 6th inning in every single start. He was pitching very well, in fact, until the last game against the White Sox pushed his ERA from 3.19 to 4.94. Before that he had two consecutive games with no earned runs allowed. The only two games this season that Gomez has allowed more than 3 runs in a single game have both came against the White Sox, so hopefully that is all behind him now and the Indians can work their rotation to keep him out of any more games on the South Side.