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PREVIEW: Indians take on Red Sox in potential playoff preview

2. Can the Indians’ bats remain hot against Porcello?

The Tribe roster has some pretty good numbers against Porcello, hitting .333 (72-for-216) with 30 RBI and six homers cumulatively.

Some players to keep an eye on:

Jason Kipnis: 10-for-31 (.323), one home run
Melky Cabrera: 15-for-28 (.536)
Rajai Davis: 3-for-8 (.375)
Yonder Alonso: 3-for-9 (.333)

If the top of the order can continue stringing hits together, production from some of the above guys in the lower half of the lineup could end up being the difference-maker for each of the games this series. As manager Terry Francona said on Sunday, when other guys outside of the top of the order start producing it also does more than just help the team win a game.

“It helps not just for the win, it helps your roster,” he said. “It helps everyone feel like they’re doing something and that’s important.”

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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