After losing three of their last four, the Cleveland Indians look to start a multi-game win streak against the St. Louis Cardinals.
And while the injury plague still haunts the Indians (11-19), the Cardinals (22-9) come in to Cleveland losing its last two to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Heading into the season, fans didn’t expect the team to be in last place in the American League, let alone tied for the least amount of wins (Colorado & Philadelphia) a little over a month into the season.
But in its last series against the Minnesota Twins, the Tribe found a way to take one game from the best team in the AL Central during the month of May (8-2).
And while no one can predict the outcome of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals, there is at least a glimmer of hope on the Indians side for the future.
While he’s won’t play in the upcoming series, catcher Yan Gomes is ahead of schedule in his rehab from surgery on his right knee. Projected to be out six-to-eight weeks, Gomes has only been out four weeks and has made strides on working his way back into the rotation.
“He’s flying through it (his rehab) and continues to do nothing but progress, but we have to let him progress still,” Terry Francona said prior to Saturday’s game. “He still has to kind of hit certain milestones, whether it’s squatting or starting to run the bases, or squatting and coming out and getting the bunt. He has to do all of those in a progression.”
The Cardinals come into Cleveland with the best record in the MLB and should have third baseman Matt Carpenter in the lineup, as he’s expected to return after missing the weekend series vs the Pirates, according to general manager John Mozeliak.
He hasn’t played since May 6 due to dehydration and an accelerated heart.
Despite missing time, Carpenter is tied for the lead in doubles with 14 (Freddie Freeman, Adrian Gonzalez) and leads the league with 16 multihit games.
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has also reached base in all 30 games this season.
Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco (4-2) will look to extend his current win streak to three games on Tuesday. He is scheduled to face Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn (1-3) on the mound.
The first of the three-game series is scheduled to start at 6:10 p.m. EST.
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