The MLB is back in action today as the Philadelphia Phillies will clash with the Cleveland Indians.
This is game two of their three-game series from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
Philadelphia Phillies Form
The Phillies still have a chance for a playoff spot this season. However, to be realistic, it will be very hard for them to make it this year. The reason is that 5.0 games out of the 2nd wildcard slot in the National League.
Therefore, they will now look to regroup in the offseason. The Phillies are now 35-39 on the road for the year.
It seems that they will also need to improve their pitching as they were suffering throughout the season.
Jason Vargas will get the nod for the Phillies in this game. And he has a record of 6-8 with a 4.48 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) on the year, including 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in his last three starts and 3-4 with a 5.06 ERA in 12 starts on the road. Also, Vargas has gone 9-5 with a 4.24 ERA in 19 career starts against the Indians, including 4-1 with a 4.07 ERA in nine career starts against them here at Progressive Field
Cleveland Indians Form
The Indians are just four games out of first in the American League Central. So winning the division may not be a possibility at the moment. However, the Indians still have a good chance to get into the postseason as they are tied with the Rampa Bay Rays for the 2nd wildcard slot in the American League.
The good thing is that the Indians have won their last five games in a row and their pitching has been commanding form as they have allowed just four total runs over their last four games.
Yet, the Indians are now 48-31 here at home for the year.
The Indians will give the nod to Zach Plesac. And he has gone 8-6 with a 3.64 ERA in 19 starts in this his first year in the league, including 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA in his last three starts and 5-2 with a 3.76 ERA in 10 starts here at home. And this will his first game against Philadelphia.
The Phillies have a theoretical chance to make it into the playoffs. However, to be realistic – they are done for the season. On the other side, the Indians are still in the mix with a solid chance to get the 2nd wildcard spot. And they will fight until the end. A game against the Phillies is a good opportunity for Cleveland to catch up with their rivals.
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