Originally written on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 6/15/12
The Indians were just swept by the first place Cincinnati Reds in a 3 game series and hope to turn things around as they return home to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are also coming off a 3-game losing steak after being swept by the Baltimore Orioles. Tribe pitching was not as dominating against the Reds as it had been in the previous series with the Cardinals. Jeanmar Gomez and Derek Lowe had average starts, but Josh Tomlin had his worst start of the year, going just 4 innings and giving up 6 runs. The bullpen was also rough the last series, giving up 11 runs in 9 innings pitched. The worst bullpen outing was yesterday by Scott Barnes, who gave up 5 runs and recorded just one out. On a positive note, the Indians added Esmil Rogers to their pen, who had 2 solid outings last series. The Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting in 2nd place in the NL Central Division, 3 games behind the Cincinnati Reds. Their offense is led by Andrew McCutchen, who is leading the team in every...
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