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Get to their bullpen...you might have a chance?

MLB: Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians
Happy Days: Francisco Lindor and the Indians are playing some good ball as of late.
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The Cleveland Indians’ bullpen was a force to be reckoned with in the recent past.

The thought of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen entering the game in the late innings did not sit well when teams found themselves behind.

But as of late, the Indians bullpen has been just awful. Miller and Allen haven’t received much help and, really, Miller hasn’t been that good himself.

The lanky lefty has posted a 4.40 ERA this season and landed himself once again on the disabled list.

Cleveland has the worst bullpen ERA in the majors this season, a robust 6.17. The team is also coming off a marathon game yesterday, beating the Houston Astros 9-8 in 14 innings. So the Sox should get some good looks off their relievers.

The Indians’ lineup got off to a slow start to the season, but has turned it around as of late. The top of the lineup includes Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez — it doesn’t get much better than that.

Edwin Encarnacion has had a disappointing season, posting just a .222 average and .297 OBP. He still has exceptional power, though, with 11 home runs and 27 RBIs.

Our old friend Melky Cabrera also takes up a roster spot on this team. He still has an above average arm in the outfield to go along with a decent bat. I miss Melky’s antics.

The starting rotation has been solid this season. Four of the staff’s starters have ERAs are under 4.00.

I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s pitching matchup of Reynaldo Lopez and Corey Kluber. If I were to put money on a no-hitter this season, I would put it down for Kluber on Wednesday. His stuff is still overpowering, and he continues to dominate year in and year out.

Also, I’ll never forgive this stupid team for blowing a 3-1 lead in the 2016 World Series. Worst day of my life.

Probables:

Monday, May 28: Dylan Covey (1-1, 3.46 ERA) vs. Adam Plutko (2-0, 2.03 ERA)

Tuesday, May 29: Lucas Giolito (3-5, 7.53 ERA) vs. Mike Clevinger (3-2, 3.32 ERA)

Wednesday, May 30: Reynaldo Lopez (1-3, 2.93 ERA) vs. Corey Kluber (7-2, 2.17 ERA)