Tigers Take On Cleveland in AL Central Showdown

Detroit Tigers (-134) at Cleveland Indians (+124, 7.5 O/U )

The worn-out Tigers, arriving in Cleveland just three hours before game time due to travel problems in Boston, were pushed even harder last night, losing in 10 innings to the Indians. Detroit had dominated the Indians in Cleveland the previous two seasons, winning twelve of their last fourteen games at Cleveland. A walk-off homer by Michael Brantley last night ended that streak, and stopped a four game losing streak for Cleveland as well. The Tigers saw their eleven game road winning streak snapped with the loss.

“We were hoping to go back and get some sleep with a win, but it wasn’t to be,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.

Right-hander Justin Verlander takes the mound tonight for the Tigers. He is 5-2 on the year with a 3.15 ERA. The Indians worked Verlander for 113 pitches over five innings April 17 in Detroit, scoring three unearned runs, but he still picked up his fifth straight win over them. He has lost once to the Tribe since the start of last year. The Tigers are 7-2 in games started by him.

The Cleveland Indians will send prospect right-hander Trevor Bauer out as their starter. Bauer will be promoted from Triple-A for the first time since April 9, when he allowed two runs and struck out eight in six innings vs. San Diego. The righty has a 2.15 ERA in seven Minor League starts.

“Hopefully it’s not just a one-start thing,” Francona told the Indians’ official website. “This guy is a big part of what we want to do going forward. And to see him growing and understanding, it’s exciting.”

The third overall selection by Arizona in the 2011 draft, Bauer is 2-5 with a 5.03 ERA in nine career starts. Forecasts are calling for 68°F temperatures with winds blowing at 10 mph. The humidity will be around 63%. There is a 20% chance of precipitation.

Detroit Tigers versus Bauer: 22 years old right-hander, 6’1” 175 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, slider, changeup

Fly Ball, Finesse Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 92.8: 2014 velocity, 94.1:

Runs per game (league ranking), 8 (4.83 per game) : Home Runs, 18 (39 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 34 (.278) : OB%, 38 (.328) : Slugging, 35 (.430)

      Walks, 63 (2.6 per game) : Strikeouts, 63 (6.6) : Stolen Bases, 3 (37 SBs)

      Last seven games, 9 (.786 OPS) : Last 14 games, 15 (.718 OPS) : Last 28 games, 6 (.770 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 6 (.755 OPS) : Versus lefties, 5 (.770 OPS)

          Home, 4 (.775 OPS) : Away, 4 (.741 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 27 (.553 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 1 (.842 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 5 (.793 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 8 (.775 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 24 (.626 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 6 (.753 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 7 (.766 OPS)

                    First five innings, 5 (.767 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 5 (.741 OPS)

                      Cleveland Indians versus Verlander: 30 years old right-hander, 6’5” 225 pounds. Throws: fastball, curve, changeup, slider : 2013 velocity, 93.3: 2014 velocity, 92.2: velocity over the last two weeks, 92.2

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 33 (4.11 per game) : Home Runs, 19 (38 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 53 (.247) : OB%, 40 (.326) : Slugging, 49 (.386)

                          Walks, 37 (3.8 per game) : Strikeouts, 59 (6.8) : Stolen Bases, 13 (27 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 5 (.826 OPS) : Last 14 games, 3 (.829 OPS) : Last 28 games, 13 (.721 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 5 (.757 OPS) : Versus lefties, 30 (.624 OPS)

                              Home, 14 (.729 OPS) : Away, 16 (.694 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 25 (.619 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 20 (.672 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 10 (.765 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 5 (.791 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 24 (.626 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 18 (.705 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 11 (.723 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 19 (.707 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 9 (.713 OPS)