The Indians head to the Bronx this weekend for a three game set with the rebuilding Yankees (yes, the rebuilding Yankees) hoping to rebound from another rough week at the hands of the Minnesota Twins.
The Indians (61-45) remain three games ahead of the resurgent Detroit Tigers in the Central and open the three game series with Josh Tomlin (11-3, 3.43). The Yankees (54-54) have lost six of their last eight games and at 7 1/2 games back in the Wild Card, are all but assured of missing out on postseason baseball for just the fourth time in the last 22 seasons.
The Yankees will throw Michael Pineda (5-10, 5.13) in tonight’s opener. Pineda has had a rough time in the early innings this season, posting a 7.50 ERA over 21 starts, so look for the Indians to jump on Pineda early.
And, of course, Andrew Miller makes his return to Yankee Stadium after last week’s trade for a haul of minor leaguers including the Yankees now-number-one prospect Clint Frazier. The Yankees also unloaded Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman and Ivan Nova in the rare deadline purge.
Here are tonight’s line-ups: