Cleveland takes on Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Could 28-June 3

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The day some are calling Opening Day 2.0 is now less than a week away.

Progressive Field will be back to full capacity on June 2nd, a game against the Chicago White Sox at 1:10 p.m. CET Lou Gehrig day. From this game on, the mask regulations will also be relaxed. The baseball field had a 30 percent capacity in April and 40 percent in May.

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Toronto Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) points to the sky after running two home races in the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Cleveland, meanwhile, enters a home series at 27-21 and against the Toronto Blue Jays On the heels of the White Sox for first place in the American League CentralHowever, there are some question marks about how the pitching staff will handle this stretch.

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Here’s a look at Cleveland’s schedule for this week.

Cleveland v Toronto Blue Jays, Jan. 28-30 May

Friday, May 28th: Eli Morgan (0-0, 0.00 ERA) against Hyun Jin Ryu (4-2, 2.53 ERA)

Saturday, May 29th: Sam Hentges (1-1, 6.20 ERA) vs. Ross Stripling (0-3, 5.63 ERA)

Sunday May 30th: Aaron Civale (7-1, 3.04 ERA) v Steven Matz (6-2, 4.28 ERA)

Cleveland’s dubious pitching situation will lead to it in the short term Eli Morgan’s major league debut in the game on Friday that Zach Plesacs was place in the rotation. He’ll have his welcome moment with the majors when he faces up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in his first career foray. In its third season, Guerrero has developed into a batsman that scouts thought possible when he was a top prospect – and when he destroyed the home races with a tape measure in a wild 2019 home run derby on Progressive Field. Guerrero leads the American League this season with 16 home runs and an OPS of 1.121, leading the Blue Jays to a 25-23 record in a crowded AL East. Welcome to the show.

Cleveland v Chicago White Sox, May 31-June 2

Monday, May 31st: Double header, see blow

Tuesday, June 1st: Shane Bieber (5-3, 3.13 ERA) versus Dylan Cease (2-1, 3.18 ERA)

Wednesday June 2nd: TBA versus Dallas Keuchel (3-1, 4.28 ERA)

For the past few days, Cleveland has mainly focused on figuring out how the next few days will be put together. This stretch mainly ends with the double header on Monday and the at least 14 innings that must be covered on that day. Shane Bieber will serve on Tuesday, and a route begins on Thursday with three days off out of eight days, which is a small break. Triston McKenzie is called back to start one of these games as the 27th man on the roster. In addition, Cleveland has to go through the weekend step-by-step to find out how the innings will be divided.

Tim Anderson and Yermin Mercedes celebrate a White Sox victory.

The White Sox have dealt with injuries throughout the lineup, and manager Tony LaRussa has continued an ongoing discussion about the unwritten rules of the game in the baseball world. Yoan Moncada (.820 OPS), Yermin Mercedes (.890 OPS), Jose Abreu (.833) and Tim Anderson (.742 OPS) fill the line-up with talent, even without Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert being available for the time being. There are still a few months left in the season, but given the pitching situation, this is key for Cleveland to a series as it can be for Cleveland as AL Central is currently cruising through Chicago.

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