Detroit Tigers (62-73) vs Cleveland Indians (65-69) — 1:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 77 degrees, light rain
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When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are meeting this weekend for the first time since the end of June. Detroit has just dominated the series against Cleveland, going 10-3 versus the Tribe this season. The Tigers won on Saturday, 6-0. Detroit has averaged 5.4 runs per game against Cleveland this year.
In particular, first baseman Cabrera has crushed Indians pitching this season. Cabrera is slashing an absurd .551/.617/.898 with five home runs, 17 RBI and 12 runs in 60 plate appearances versus Cleveland in 2015.
The Tigers will send their best pitcher to the mound in right-hander Justin Verlander on Sunday. He is 3-6 with a 3.40 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings this season, but that doesn’t tell the full story of how good Verlander has been lately.
The 32-year-old has a 1.53 ERA in his last eight starts. Unfortunately, Detroit hasn’t been able to take advantage and is just 4-4 during that stretch. In his last five starts, Verlander has posted a 0.76 ERA and .157 batting average against, and still the Tigers are only 3-2 in those games.
The Indians will send right-hander Cody Anderson to the mound for his 11th start this season. He is 2-3 with a 4.17 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings this year. Anderson allowed two runs on three hits in six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays in his last outing.
Detroit Tigers Lineup