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Indians starter Corey Kluber takes the hill tonight against the Astros, opposing right-hander Brad Peacock in a 7:10 PM EDT start at Progressive Field.

Kluber, 30, had an inconsistent first half of the season, entering the All-Star break with a 3.61 ERA. Though he won the 2014 American League Cy Young Award, he was maddeningly inconsistent last year, finishing with a 9-16 record and a 3.49 ERA, and it appeared to be more of the same through the first half of 2016.

Since the All-Star break, however, Kluber has been lights out. In his last nine starts, he has a 2.04 ERA with a 67/19 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings. He now finds himself fourth in the AL in ERA at 3.09, behind only Aaron Sanchez (2.88), Jose Quintana (3.05), and Chris Sale (3.07). He’s right in the thick of things, potentially earning himself another Cy Young Award. Furthermore, Kluber has been the anchor of a faltering Indians rotation, which has a 4.58 ERA since the break. To name names, Danny Salazar has a 7.53 ERA since the break and Josh Tomlin has a 7.80 second-half ERA as well.

Kluber’s doing it in the middle of a pennant chase, too. The 79-57 Indians are 4.5 games up on the Tigers and 8.5 games up on the Royals in the AL Central. The Indians haven’t won the division since 2007 and haven’t been in the playoffs since 2013, when they lost the AL Wild Card play-in game to the Rays.

Kluber is on track to make six starts between tonight and the end of the regular season. Needless to say, they will all be important.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Atlanta Braves (Williams Perez) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05 PM EDT

St. Louis Cardinals (Luke Weaver) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong), 7:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ New York Yankees (Luis Cessa), 7:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Yovani Gallardo) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Jake Odorizzi), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Rafael Montero) @ Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan), 7:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Adam Morgan) @ Miami Marlins (Jose Urena), 7:10 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta), 8:10 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Matt Boyd) @ Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez), 8:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Dillon Gee) @ Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana), 8:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija) @ Colorado Rockies (Tyler Anderson), 8:40 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco) @ Oakland Athletics (Zach Neal), 10:05 PM EDT

Arizona Diamondbacks (Shelby Miller) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Ross Stripling), 10:10 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) @ San Diego Padres (Paul Clemens), 10:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Martin Perez) @ Seattle Mariners (James Paxton), 10:10 PM EDT

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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