Cleveland is currently 10-11 on the road and has lost four of their last five away from Jacobs Field. This trip is not the one where you would expect them to climb their road record over .500 when it is completed. After opening with a three game series in Kansas City, they will travel to Detroit before finishing with three in Boston.
The Kansas City Royals will welcome the Tribe into Kauffman Stadium with an American League worst record of 17-28. Kansas City has been able to win four of their last five and is six and four in their last ten games. So far in 2007, Kansas City has only managed to come out victorious in seven of twenty-one home games.Pitching MatchupsGame 1 – Tuesday, May 22, 2007 8:10 PM
Fausto will be making his first career start against Kansas City on Tuesday evening. I would expect Eric Wedge to keep a very close eye on Carmona in this game. Wedge allowed Carmona to finish his last start, gaining his first career shutout, but required 121 pitches to do so.
Squaring off against Carmona and the Indians offense will be Odalis Perez. Perez will be making his tenth start of the season and is coming off six innings of one hit, shutout baseball against the Oakland A’s. For the season, Perez is two and four with a 5.29 earned run average.
Odalis will be making his fourth career start against the Indians, with one win and two no decisions his results so far. He has held the Indians to seven earned runs over his 19 innings in his career. Two of the starts came in 2006, when Perez allowed four runs in 13 innings. Game 2 – Wednesday, May 23,2007 8:10 PM
Lee will be making his 14th career start against the Royals and has a seven and three record. The Royals have scored plenty against Cliff, as he carries a 4.70 earned run average in his career against Kansas City. In typical Cliff Lee fashion though, he gets the victories because he gets some of the best run support in baseball.
Old friend Scott Elarton is scheduled to take on the Tribe in game two. Elarton will be making his third start of the season after missing the last half of 2006 and the first month of 2007 following shoulder surgery.
Elarton has made five starts in his career against the Indians with good results. He has won two of the previous starts and has yet to taste defeat at the hands of the Tribe, though he has a large earned run average of 5.40 in 30 innings.Game 3, Thursday, May 24, 2007 8:05 PM
Drawing the long straw evidently, Jorge De La Rosa will take the mound for Kansas City against Sowers. For the season, De La Rosa will bring four wins and three defeats to the mound with him. Over his 57 innings, De La Rosa has maintained a 3.59 ERA while averaging just over six innings per start.
De La Rosa started three games against the Indians in 2006 and actually got a win without any losses, despite allowing twelve earned runs and thirteen hits in fourteen innings.Royals Offense