It's a Major League player's job to be able to handle a lot of baseball games. But that doesn't mean a busy schedule won't take a toll.
For the Indians, Wednesday's game in Philadelphia will be the 14th in the past 13 days. They'll trot out right-hander Corey Kluber to match up against the Phillies' Cole Hamels.
The Phillies beat Cleveland on Tuesday, 6-2.
Fatigue might have something to do with how the Tribe's offense has sputtered lately. In the first 10 days of that 13-day stretch, the Indians went 8-2 and averaged 5.2 runs per game. Over the last two days, however, Cleveland has scored three total runs while going 1-2.
"We were a little tired today. It showed," Nick Swisher said after Monday's doubleheader, during which the Indians scored just one run. "We were dragging a little bit. ... Maybe that second game, we didn't really bring it as much as we should have. Sometimes that's going to happen."
Worn-down opponents will be a welcome sight for Hamels, who isn't used to seeing his team score much when he pitches. Hamels has received an average of 2.79 runs of offense for each start, a mark that's sixth-lowest in baseball out of 109 qualifying pitchers, according to STATS.com. In each of his last two starts -- both losses -- the lefty allowed just two runs.
"It's disappointing that Cole can hold a team to two runs and not win the game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after Hamels' last outing. "That's tough for us, because we need to win some of his games. I'm getting kind of tired of having to tell him to just keep your head up and keep it going."
In eight starts this season, Hamels is 1-5 with a 4.18 ERA. Remove two dreadful outings to start the season from his line, however, and his ERA drops to 2.41.
Indians: Kluber looking to rebound
Kluber is coming off his worst outing of the season. He was clobbered in Detroit last Friday, when he gave up eight runs over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed 11 hits (two home runs) while walking two and striking out four.
"I lost my delivery," Kluber said. "They're obviously a very good hitting team. The mistakes I did make, they didn't miss them. They put good swings on them."
Kluber has made five appearances this season, including three starts. Over 22 1/3 innings, he owns a 2-2 record and 5.64 ERA.
Phillies: Wins aplenty with four on the board
On Tuesday, the Phillies pushed their record to 14-4 in games where they score at least four runs. When they don't meet that threshold, Philadelphia is 5-17.
• The Phillies are 7-6 this month. They've been .500 or better in May in each of the past 10 seasons.
• When the two teams met in Cleveland two weeks ago, the Indians won both games by a combined score of 20-2. After Wednesday's contest, they won't see each other again during the regular season.
• The Phillies hold the edge in the all-time series, 7-5.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.