In the first series of their three-city trip, the Indians did something they were unable to do during their last homestand. They won a series. Despite a 7-5 loss to Detroit on Thursday, the Indians won the first two games of the series.
They are 5-1 vs. Detroit this year.
In their most recent homestand, the Indians lost three-game series to Kansas City and Minnesota. That made their series victory in Detroit even more important, especially since they still have two more three-game series, interleague series, on this trip before returning home.
The Indians will play a three-game weekend series in St. Louis, followed by a three-game series in Cincinnati.
The designated hitter rule is not used in interleague series on the road, so the Indians would be without designated hitter Travis Hafner in those games, except that they are already playing without him.
In the last few years, the Indians lost Hafner's bat from their lineup during interleague road games, because he is unable to play a...