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Series preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

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Technically, the Indians are still in the race after taking two of three from White Sox. They now come home to play the Tigers, who they just took of three from last weekend in Detroit.

J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera have basically been the Tigers offense vs. the Tribe this year
J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera have basically been the Tigers offense vs. the Tribe this year
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The series in Chicago did nothing to help the Tribe's playoff chances. They did manage to take two of three, but the Texas Rangers kept pace. So another three games came off the schedule and the deficit stayed the same. They sit five back, but not now have just 25 games left. Plus, they still need to catch the Angels and Twins first. Additionally, the Rays are tied with the Tribe and the Orioles and White Sox are just one game back too.

  • Thursday 7:10 PM: Alfredo Simon (R) vs. Danny Salazar (R)
  • Friday 7:10 PM: Justin Verlander (R) vs. Cody Anderson (R)
  • Saturday 7:10 PM: Randy Wolf (L) vs. Trevor Bauer (R)
  • Sunday 1:10 PM: Matt Boyd (L) vs. Carlos Carrasco (R)

The Upcoming Schedule: The longest home stand continues with four more games against the Royals and then three against the White Sox. Then they head out on their final road of the season.

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Playoff Watch: Royals at Orioles, Blue Jays at Yankees, Astros at Angels, A's at Rangers, Twins at White Sox, Red Sox at Rays, Rockies at Mariners.

Team in a Box

Detroit Tigers

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2015 Record

64-75

Runs/Game

4.3

8th

Runs/Game

5.1

15th

AL Central

5th

OBP

326

3rd

H/9

9.5

15th

Last 10

4-6

SLG

427

3rd

BB/9

3.0

13th

Last 30

11-19

Steals

74

5th

SO/9

6.9

12th

The Tribe finally won their first series of the year with the Tigers last weekend. They won the opener 8-1, lost the middle game 6-0, and took the finale 4-0. They are still assured of a losing record against the Tigers this season. After the Tribe left Detroit, the Tigers cooperated a little bit by taking two of three from the Rays.

This is the final series of the year with the Tigers.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

wRC+

C

James McCann

R

363

267

700

90

1B

Miguel Cabrera

R

440

351

1020

178

2B

Ian Kinsler

R

597

303

466

120

3B

Nick Castellanos

R

520

248

718

94

SS

Dixon Machado

R

24

217

511

37

LF

Rajai Davis

R

317

247

726

95

CF

Anthony Gose

L

447

259

695

91

RF

JD Martinez

R

564

281

890

141

DH

Victor Martinez

S

420

236

646

72

SS

Jose Iglesias

R

454

300

717

98

C

Alex Avila

L

185

176

570

67

OF

Tyler Collins

L

149

271

707

91

UT

Andrew Romine

S

148

239

603

64

1B

Jefry Marte

R

64

232

771

110

C

Bryan Holaday

R

54

259

648

72

IF

Josh Wilson

R

25

348

791

125

OF

Steven Moya

L

1

000

000

-100

The roster has added Wilson and Moya since last weekend. Victor is fighting a virus. And Machado has taken over for short as Iglesius is recovering from the hand injury.

Last weekend, the Tigers amassed just 18 hits in the three games. J.D. Martinez hit yet another homer and Collins also added a solo shot.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

FIP

IP

WHIP

K/9

Alfredo Simon

R

4.86

4.66

153.2

1.41

5.9

Justin Verlander

R

3.43

3.75

99.2

1.09

7.1

Buck Farmer

R

7.71

7.03

37.1

1.80

5.1

Matt Boyd

L

6.75

5.51

36.0

1.61

6.0

Randy Wolf

L

6.55

4.96

22.0

1.59

6.1

Kyle Lobstein

L

5.31

4.57

57.2

1.53

4.4

Neftali Feliz #

R

7.41

4.37

37.2

1.73

7.6

Alex Wilson

R

2.20

3.37

65.1

1.06

5.2

Blaine Hardy

L

2.53

2.60

57.0

1.26

8.2

Al Alburquerque

R

4.39

3.96

55.1

1.52

8.1

Tom Gorzelanny

L

6.62

4.88

34.0

1.82

8.2

Kyle Ryan

L

5.72

5.48

39.1

1.58

5.0

Bruce Rondon

R

6.23

3.53

26.0

1.62

12.1

Ian Krol

L

6.65

5.36

21.2

1.99

9.6

Drew VerHagen

R

1.76

4.90

15.1

1.37

4.7

Jeff Ferrell

R

13.50

9.79

4.2

2.57

3.9

Jose Valdez

R

4.15

5.91

4.1

1.39

4.2

# include Rangers stats;

Simon pitched his third straight gem against the Tribe last week, giving up just two hits and four walks in seven shutout innings while striking out five. Here's to the Tribe finally figuring him out. Verlander pitched well, but not Simon well. He gave up three runs in seven innings on seven hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Wolf was picked up in mid-August due to the multiple injuries to the staff. He has not been very good. But the lefty has made just one start against Cleveland, way back in 2002 when he was with the Phillies. Boyd is one of the David Price returns and has not pitched well this season. He is just 24 though.

On the Shelf

  • SS Jose Iglesius [day to day], possible late September return
  • DH Victor Martinez [day to day]
  • RP Joe Nathan [15 day DL], out for season
  • SP Daniel Norris [15 day DL], possible late September return
  • SP Anibal Sanchez [15 day DL], possible late September return

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2015

5

10

333

69

78

444

2014

8

11

421

87

103

423

Last 5*

37

55

402

364

490

367

Last 10*

82

101

448

805

932

433

All-Time

1055

1107

488

9661

9975

485

*Does not include 2015 stats

Prediction: I believe the Tribe splits one of the first two games of Simon/Verlander. I think they can beat both Wolf and Boyd. But due to fact that they are both lefties and unknown quantities, I think they get silenced by one of them. I see the playoff dreams finally die as they just split this series.