Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians, August 29, 2012: Fan Preview

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For the second straight game, the Cleveland Indians failed to score a run. In fact, the Indians have failed to score a single run in their last 22 innings. Just when you thought it could not get any worse, it has.

If an opposing team wants a better shot at winning they know all they need to do is send a left-handed pitcher to the mound. With three of the four best hitters for the Tribe batting left-handed (Michael Brantley, Shin-Soo Choo, and Jason Kipnis) the odds of coming out ahead are great. The Indians are 14-29 when facing a left-handed starter.

I have been calling for better starting pitching all season however this total lack of offense has me rethinking everything. Truth be told, the team cannot win ballgames in their current incarnation so why not just blow them up and start over?

In the end, Indians' fans just need to believe that anything can happen in baseball. Perhaps that mantra will help to ease the pain and bring a win against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

The matchup:

The Cleveland Indians will take on the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field located in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

Corey Kluber (0-2, 5.32 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Athletics' Travis Blackley (4-3, 3.83 ERA).

The standings:

Cleveland enters the game with a 55-74 record and in fourth place in the American League Central. They are 31-33 when playing at home and have won one of their last 10 games.

Oakland comes into the matchup with a 71-57 record and in second place in the American League West. They are 32-30 when playing on the road and have won eight of their last 10 games.

The series:

The season series is currently stands at 6-2 in favor of the Athletics.

Where to watch or listen:

In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.

Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).

The batting statistic leaders:

Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .288 batting average, Shin-Soo Choo- 15 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 62 runs batted in.

Oakland: Josh Reddick- .253 batting average, Josh Reddick- 26 home runs, Josh Reddick- 65 runs batted in.

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Sources:

All statistics provided by MLB.com

Paul Rados is an avid Cleveland Indians fan and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @PSRados or leave him a message on Facebook.

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