After a series loss to the Pirates, the Indians will play the Reds again, this time at home. The Indians will need to sweep this time if they want a tie for the Ohio Cup as they were swept in Cincinatti. The Tribe have also fallen back to 1.5 games behind Chicago, so they will need to start winning to keep near the top of the Central.
This is a repeat matchup of last week when Latos threw inside to Lowe who in turn intentionally hit Brandon Phillips. This time the pair will pitch with big boy rules and each team will have a designated hitter to bat for the pitcher. This should keep any further retaliation down to a minimum. Lowe has been the Indians rock this year and will look to get the Indians back on track with a win in game one.
Neither pitcher played well the last time these two matched up, but Tomlin was by far the worse of the two, allowing 6 runs in only 4 innings. He will need to do better in the rematch if he expects to win, although he doesn't have Scott Barnes around to make it even worse this time.
This will be the only game of the series that is not a rematch of the last series. Justin Masterson is the only starting pitcher to win his start the last time through the rotation and will look to continue the success he had against the Pirates when he pitches against the Reds. Arroyo has been consistent this season, going into the 7th in almost every game and never allowing more than 5 runs in a single game. This should be the most well pitched game of the season, giving the Indians an advantage as they have excelled in low scoring, close games.
Big boy rules? By definition, the DH is a pansy rule. It basically says 'Wah, we can't hit, so we'll have someone else do it for us!'
@Zombeels The American League can admit that pitchers, over the history of professional baseball, can't hit at all. They have decided to let the real men bat in their place. It's fun to watch Josh Tomlin get a single every once in a while, but the reason it's special is that it doesn't happen very often. It's much more fun to watch Travis Hafner or Jim Thome hit a ball 500 feet.