Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Game Time: 7:05 p.m. EDT
(DET) Max Scherzer (5-0, 3.98 ERA)
(CLE) Corey Kluber (3-2, 5.40 ERA)
Here is today's Detroit Tiger's starting lineup: Andy Dirks CF Torii Hunter RF Miguel Cabrera 3B Prince Fielder 1B Victor Martinez DH Jhonny Peralta SS Matt Tuiasosopo LF Alex Avila C Omar Infante 2B
Heading into a short two-game series against the Tigers, the Cleveland Indians are in first place all by themselves. Jim Leyland and the players aren’t too happy about that.
The Tigers are 23-19 2 ½ games behind the Indians. They are 4-6 in their last ten games and come into tonight’s game having suffered back-to-back losses to the Rangers.
Unfortunately, they won’t get back into first place by winning both of these games, they would end up a half game out. Still, it is almost imperative that they gain some ground on the Tribe, especially before heading into the four-game weekend series against Minnesota in Detroit.
The Indians boast a five game winning streak. They are 8-2 in their last ten games. At Progressive Field they have lost a scant eight games out of their last 23.
They are on a tear!
This is the second meeting between the two Central Division rivals this season. When the Indians were at Comerica Park in the beginning of the month they won two of the three games in the series. Max Scherzer picked up the win, 10-4 in the first one. Verlander was tagged with the loss in the second game, 7-6. He lasted just five innings, allowing three runs in the first two innings.
That was the game where the Tigers mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, the score was 7-6. Austin Jackson was in scoring position when Miguel Cabrera grounded out to end the game. Hopefully, things will be different tonight.
Scherzer and Verlander will get the call for both games respectively.
No one is pressing the panic button, however, the Tigers need to turn it around NOW.
GO GET ‘EM TIGERS!!