Indians what to watch: Kluber tries to cool red-hot Dodgers
For the second straight series, the Indians are facing a team that has been hot at home as of late.
After struggling the first two months of the season, the Dodgers have hit their stride in June and find themselves in a virtual tie for first in the NL West. Los Angeles has gone 16-7 since June 6, which is tied with the Reds for best record in the Majors, and have erased a 9 Â½ game deficit to the Giants. The Dodgers have also won eight of their last 10 at home.
The Indians are 2-3 on their eight-game road trip. A win tonight would give them a winning record for the month (13-12).
Indians Live starts on SportsTime Ohio at 9:30 p.m.
Here is what to watch in tonight’s game:
Kluber strong in Interleague games: Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.09 ERA this season) has never faced the Dodgers but he is 6-0 in Interleague action with a 2.29 ERA. He is 2-0 this season with wins over the Padres and Diamondbacks. Since last year’s All-Star break, the right-hander is 11-5 with a 3.31 ERA.
Getting them out: Yan Gomes has thrown out seven of the last 10 would-be basestealers and is 17 of 52 for the season, which is second-best in the Majors. With two home runs last week, Gomes is tied for second among AL catchers with nine.
Triplicate: Michael Bourn and Dodgers’ second baseman Dee Gordon are in the top three in the Majors in triples. Gordon leads with nine and Bourn is third with seven. Texas’ Alex Rios leads the AL with eight.
Dodgers starter: Dan Haren (7-4, 3.83) has gone at least six innings in 12 of his 16 starts this season and is averaging 1.68 walks per nine innings, which is fifth-fewest in the NL. In 12 previous starts against the Indians, the right-hander is 4-3 with a 3.82 ERA against the Indians.
More on Gordon: The Dodgers’ leadoff hitter has a five-game hitting streak and is batting .316 (30 for 95) in June. He is fifth in the NL with a .353 batting average with runners in scoring position and continues to lead the Majors in stolen bases (40).
Also streaking: Left fielder Matt Kemp has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games, going 23 of 64.
Indians vs. Haren: David Murphy 9-24, 2 HR; Asdrubal Cabrera 2-23, Michael Brantley 6-14, Michael Bourn 3-14; Carlos Santana 1-12; Jason Kipnis 2-9; Ryan Raburn 2-9; Nick Swisher 2-9; Mike Aviles 1-3; Lonnie Chisenhall 0-3; George Kottaras 0-2.
Dodgers vs. Kluber: Adrian Gonzalez 1-2, HR.