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Series Preview 5/19-5/21: Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros

A potential postseason preview returns as the Cleveland Indians look to bounce back from a losing homestand and beat a team that has won nine of its last 10 contests.


The Cleveland Indians (20-19) and Houston Astros (29-12) open a three-game weekend set at Minute Maid Park, just 22 days after the Tribe claimed a series victory between the two teams at Progressive Field toward the end of April. Both clubs have similar playoff aspirations in light of Houston's trip to the 2015 ALDS and Cleveland's trip to the 2016 World Series. The core for both of those postseason rosters is still intact for managers Terry Francona and A.J. Hinch as they look to live up to early-season expectations and eventually win their respective divisions in 2017.

Starting Pitchers

Game 1 (5/19, 8:10 p.m.): RHP Trevor Bauer (3-4, 6.92) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (5-2, 3.97)

Game 2 (5/20, 4:10 p.m.): RHP Mike Clevinger (1-1, 2.61) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (1-1, 5.75)

Game 3 (5/21, 2:10 p.m.): RHP Danny Salazar (2-4, 5.66) vs. RHP Joe Musgrove (3-3, 4.57)

Friday Lineup - Indians

2B Jason Kipnis (.205/.237/.318)

SS Francisco Lindor (.277/.337/.535)

LF Michael Brantley (.287/.351/.459)

1B Carlos Santana (.226/.333/.387)

DH Edwin Encarnacion (.203/.343/.348)

3B Jose Ramirez (.282/.358/.472)

RF Lonnie Chisenhall (.266/.337/.519)

CF Bradley Zimmer (.286/.286/.857)

C Roberto Perez (.149/.196/.170)

Friday Lineup - Astros

CF George Springer (.257/.331/.493)

RF Josh Reddick (.286/.333/.459)

2B Jose Altuve (.311/.386/.510)

SS Carlos Correa (.294/.376/.469)

DH Carlos Beltran (.248/.288/.380)

C Brian McCann (.276/.369/.467)

1B Yuli Gurriel (.280/.314/.409)

3B Alex Bregman (.257/.338/.353)

LF Norichika Aoki (.276/.333/.345)

Disabled List - Indians

Day-to-Day: RHP Carlos Carrasco (left pectoral tightness)

10-Day: OF Abraham Almonte (strained right biceps)

10-Day: OF Brandon Guyer (left wrist sprain)

10-Day: RHP Corey Kluber (lower back strain)

10-Day: OF Austin Jackson (hyperextended left big toe)

60-Day: RHP Cody Anderson (right elbow surgery)

Disabled List - Astros

10-Day: RHP Jandel Gustave (right forearm tightness)

10-Day: RHP Collin McHugh (posterior impingement, right elbow)

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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