Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers
Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 7:10 ET
TV: STO * Radio: WTAM
Are the Indians still postseason contenders? I don't think they are. They still have a very reasonable shot at finishing the year with a winning record though. That would be something. It would be three winning seasons in a row, something the Tribe hasn't had during the 2000s. The Indians are currently 68-70, which means winning three of four against the Tigers in this series would get them to .500 for the first time since they were 2-2. It also means a sweep would get th-- well, I can't even bring myself to think about a potential sweep right now. It'd do nice things though.
|DETROIT TIGERS||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|Rajai Davis - LF||Jason Kipnis - DH|
|Ian Kinsler - 2B||Francisco Lindor - SS|
|Miguel Cabrera - 1B||Michael Brantley - LF|
|J.D. Martinez - RF||Carlos Santana - 1B|
|Victor Martinez - DH||Lonnie Chisenhall - RF|
|Nick Castellanos - 3B||Abraham Almonte - CF|
|James McCann - C||Yan Gomes - C|
|Andrew Romine - SS||Jose Ramirez - 2B|
|Anthony Gose - CF||Giovanny Urshela - 3B|
|Alfredo Simon - RHP||Danny Salazar - RHP|
Alfredo Simon has not been a good pitcher this season. He's got a 4.86 ERA and an ERA+ of just 82. Against the Indians though, he's been Pedro Martinez, sporting a 4-0 record in four starts, with a 1.50 ERA. Regression to the mean might say he's due to give up something like 11 runs in 3 innings tonight.
That sounds pretty good to me.