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Series preview: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers

With a doubleheader sweep and a series win in their pocket, the Tribe head to Detroit to face the Tigers for the final time of the season, essentially needing a sweep.

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Trailing the Tigers by 3.5 games, the Indians must win this series with Detroit, and probably need a sweep to really jump start their last playoff push. A series win would get them to 2 games back with 13 to play, but a sweep gets them pretty much dead even (if you count that suspended Royals game as a win).

  • Friday's game is at 7:08 PM (Carrasco vs. Price)
  • Saturday's game is at 7:08 PM (Salazar vs. Lobstein)
  • Sunday's game is at 1:08 PM (Bauer vs. Verlander)

On Monday, the Indians start a four game series in Houston, and then head to Minnesota for three to conclude the road games this year.

Playoff Watch: Red Sox at Royals, A's at Mariners, Rays at Blue Jays, Yankees at Orioles.

Team in a Box

Detroit Tigers

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2014 Record

80-66

Runs/Game

4.7

2nd

Runs/Game

4.4

10th

AL Central

2nd

OBP

330

1st

H/9

9.1

13th

Last 10

6-4

SLG

426

1st

BB/9

2.9

6th

Last 30

17-13

Steals

98

4th

SO/9

7.7

6th

The last time the Indians met the Tigers was just two weeks ago. The Tribe were riding high after sweeping the Royals, but were unable to keep the momentum going as the Tigers took three of four at Progressive Field.

The Tigers then proceeded to lose two of three to the Giants, but recovered by taking two of three from the Royals themselves. With the Royals loss again last night to the Red Sox, the Tigers are just a half game back of the division lead.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Alex Avila

L

424

220

690

1B

Miguel Cabrera

R

617

310

888

2B

Ian Kinsler

R

655

277

722

3B

Nick Castellanos

R

520

262

711

SS

Eugenio Suarez

R

256

247

665

LF

JD Martinez

R

417

303

886

CF

Rajai Davis

R

414

285

742

RF

Torii Hunter

R

515

284

762

DH

Victor Martinez

S

277

333

972

IF

Andrew Romine

S

237

223

542

OF

Ezequiel Carrera

L

61

259

640

UT

Don Kelly

L

175

255

645

C

Bryan Holaday

R

151

234

551

C

James McCann*

R

460

295

770

IF

Hernan Perez*

R

596

287

735

OF

Steven Moya**

L

549

276

861

OF

Tyler Collins*

L

522

263

760

* Stats in AAA; ** Stats in AA

Cabrera is still nursing that sore ankle, so he is currently slotted as the DH with Victor taking over at first. He has taken well to the role of DH, hitting 1322 OPS in the past week with three homers and seven driven in. Avila, Kinsler and Castellanos have struggled in the past week.

While Cabrera has been his usual pain in the neck versus the Tribe (1110 OPS), the two real thorns this year have been the Martinez pair, Victor and JD. Victor has a 1164 OPS with six homers and 13 RBI. JD has a 1054 OPS, five homers and 14 RBI.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Max Scherzer

R

3.19

200.1

1.168

10.4

David Price#

L

3.33

219.0

1.073

10.0

Justin Verlander

R

4.82

185.0

1.432

7.0

Rick Porcello

R

3.23

189.2

1.176

5.6

Kyle Lobstein*

L

4.07

146.0

1.479

7.8

Joe Nathan

R

4.85

52.0

1.519

8.8

Joba Chamberlain

R

3.45

57.1

1.308

8.5

Al Alburquerque

R

2.58

52.1

1.223

10.1

Phil Coke

L

3.79

54.2

1.445

6.4

Blaine Hardy

L

2.25

36.0

1.278

7.0

Joakim Soria###

R

3.72

38.2

1.086

10.5

Pat McCoy

L

3.86

14.0

2.429

7.1

Jim Johnson##

R

6.89

49.2

1.953

6.7

Evan Reed

R

4.31

31.1

1.628

7.5

Robbie Ray

L

7.16

27.2

1.807

6.2

Buck Farmer ***

R

2.60

103.2

1.109

10.1

Kyle Ryan **

L

4.55

126.2

1.358

5.5

# Includes stats with Rays; ## Includes stats with A's; ### Includes stats with Rangers

* Stats in AAA; ** Stats in AA; *** Stats in A

In the last series, Price was fantastic, allowing just one run on eight hits in seven innings and striking out eight. The Giants roughed him up last game though, five runs in 8.2 innings, but he did manage eleven strikeouts. Lobstein also pitched decently in the last series, two runs, five hits, and ten strikeouts in 5.1 innings. He beat the Giants 6-1 in his last start. Verlander took the lone loss in the last series, losing 7-0 in Salazar's shutout. He did beat the Royals this week, but probably had the worst pitching line of the starters.

On the Shelf

  • LF Andy Dirks [60 day DL], out for season
  • SS Jose Iglesias [60 day DL], out for season
  • RP Bruce Rondon [60 day DL], out for season
  • RP Joel Hanrahan [15 day DL], no timetable for return
  • RP Luke Putkonen [60 day DL], possible September return
  • SP Anibel Sanchez [15 day DL], no timetable for return

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

8

8

500

77

85

455

2013

4

15

211

70

120

272

Last 5*

33

58

363

340

479

348

Last 10*

83

100

454

816

965

424

All-Time

1050

1094

490

9582

9879

486

*Does not include 2014 stats

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