The slumping Minnesota Twins, meanwhile, are struggling to find any positives right now.
The right-hander looks to win his fourth straight start when Cleveland faces Minnesota on Saturday at Target Field.
Gomez (3-2, 3.95 ERA) has been stellar since his latest call-up from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 30, winning all three starts with a 1.56 ERA. He allowed two runs in six innings of an 8-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 9 in his most recent outing.
Gomez was 0-2 with a 5.70 ERA at the time of his demotion in mid-July, but he’s accounted for half of Cleveland’s wins during a 4-8 stretch.
“He made some mechanical adjustments (in the minors),” manager Manny Acta said. “He’s gotten a little bit more velocity on his fastball.”
Gomez, though, hasn’t been very successful against Minnesota. He’s 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA in three appearances - two starts - lifetime versus the Twins. In his last start against them, he allowed eight runs and 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 9-3 loss Sept. 20.
The Indians (73-75) were officially eliminated when Detroit clinched the division with a 3-1 victory Friday in Oakland.
Minnesota (59-90) is in the midst of its first 90-loss season since 2000 after falling 7-6 to Cleveland on Friday. The Twins have lost six straight and 11 of their last 12.
“He’s hurting. It doesn’t look good for Kubel,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.
He hasn’t taken the mound in a Minnesota win since he earned a victory in relief against the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 3. He’s 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA in his last seven appearances, including three starts.
The right-hander, though, has pitched well in his last two outings. He was a tough-luck 2-1 loser to the White Sox on Sept. 5 and didn’t earn a decision after giving up two runs in six innings Saturday against Detroit.
Swarzak allowed four runs - three earned - in six innings of a 5-2 loss to Cleveland on July 18, and he’s 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in three career starts against the Indians.
Thome’s 22 homers at Target Field are the most since the ballpark opened prior to last season.
“Getting a chance to come here and play here for the two years I did was very special,” Thome said. “The crowd has always been great here. They really have. It’s been a joy. A little different competing against them, but that’s part of the game too.”
Cleveland has won five of seven against Minnesota.