Today is a pretty important game for the Royals, at least in the short term. They have dropped eight of their last eleven games, but with a win today they can win the series and perhaps begin emerging from the morass of crummy play that has infected the roster for the last two weeks. A win today means they can emerge from their slump. A loss means that yesterday was a mere aberration, like the walk-off win earlier in the week.
The Royals have one of their steadiest pitchers on the mound today in Edinson Volquez. Ed has given up two runs or less in all but one of his starts this year, and has gone six innnings ore more in all but two starts (falling one out shy in his start against the Twins). Volquez has a poor history against the Indians however, with a career 8.01 ERA in seven career starts.
Josh Tomlin goes for the Indians. He surprised many by beating out the volatile Trevor Bauer for the fifth starter spot for Cleveland, but has justified the decision with a 3.13 ERA in four starts. Tomlin doesn't bring the heat like Bauer does, but he does throw strikes. Since the beginning of 2014, he has walked just 24 hitters in 192 2/3 innings, for a 1.12 walk rate, bested only by Phil Hughes of the Twins. Tomlin only throws in the high 80s, so the Royals should be able to get some swings on him. Tomlin is third among all starters in the rate of hard-contact he has allowed this year.
The offense came alive yesterday, let's see if they can keep it up.