Panic! The Indians are 4-12 in their last sixteen games and have lost five of their last six series. But...the Tigers have lost five of their last seven and maintain a slim lead on the AL Central despite the Tribe's struggles. Even the White Sox who, the person who usually writes these articles picked as his surprise winner for the Central, have lost eight in row against the cellar dwelling Cubs and the lowly A's and Mariners.
In all likelihood, this stretch is the hardest of the season, facing nine straight opponents with a winning percentage over .500. After this, the Indians only play two teams over .500 in a row one more time (Atlanta followed by Detroit in late August). This stretch will also played almost entirely on the road with 14 of 25 games away from home. Don't worry Tribe fans, it gets better.
Game 1: Friday, June 7th 7:08 EDT
Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP, 4-3, 4.83 ERA vs Justin Verlander, RHP, 7-4, 3.70 ERA
Rematch! This will be round three of the Jim...