Well here they, home again. The Indians begin a 10-day homestand that includes three games against the Kansas City Royals(44-40, .524), four against the New York Yankees, and three against the Chicago White Sox. It’s their second-longest homestand of the season; the longest will be an 11-game stretch from September 1-11 (which includes the September 8 make-up game against the Angels). Tonight’s game is sold out. Remember when that happened 455 times in a row?
The Indians have dropped three straight and 4 of their 5 five games at home, but still hold the third-highest home winning percentage in the AL and the majors at 23-15 (.605). What does the Tribe have going for it tonight? Josh Tomlin (5-5, 3.78) is starting for the Indians against right-hander Yordano Ventura (5-7, 3.26) for the Royals. Tomlin is coming off an amazing start last Saturday in Seattle in which he pitched a one-hitter complete game shutout and struck out 11. He’s probably not going to do that again, but he’s 3-2 at home this season and 5-2 career against the Royals.
Today is, of course, Independence Day. The Indians are 88-74 .543 all-time on the 4th of July, and have won 6 of their last 10 Independence Day games. Also worth noting: Carlos Santana is 3 hits shy of 500 career hits going into tonight’s game. Ryan Raburn is just 2 hits shy of 500 career hits, but he isn’t in tonight’s starting lineup.
Indians starting lineup:
Royals starting lineup: