Detroit Tigers (64-75) at Cleveland Indians (68-70) — 7:05 PM ET
Progressive Field — Cleveland, OH
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny
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The Detroit Tigers’ season may have peaked when they swept the Cleveland Indians, a team predicted by many to do good things this year, in their home ballpark in the first series of the season to start 6-0, on their way to 10-2. We all know what has happened since.
The Tigers actually won the first five games of the season series at Progressive Field, losing their last game there on June 24.
The Indians recently overtook the Tampa Bays Rays (with the help of the Tigers beating the Rays two of three) to move into third place behind the final wild-card spot. They are still a long way from capturing that, sitting six games behind the Texas Rangers (with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels in front of them) heading into Wednesday’s action.
When We Last Met
The Indians tightened the season series by taking two of three last weekend at Comerica Park, including pushing across just enough runs against Justin Verlander to win the series last Sunday. It was the first series that Cleveland has won against Detroit this season, but the Tigers still hold the edge 10-5, with all but one of those losses coming at Comerica Park.
Manager Brad Ausmus has not been right about much this season, but he did nail it when he called Alfredo Simon (12-9, 4.86) “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” for his roller coaster-esque season. That season rolled back up the hill in his last start, which coincidentally came against these Cleveland Indians four days ago, going seven strong scoreless innings, allowing just two hits in picking up his 12th win of the season. He’s saved his best for Cleveland and is perfect, picking up four wins in four starts, against the Indians, posting a 1.50 ERA along the way.
On the other end of the spectrum, Danny Salazar (12-8, 3.54) has been good against most of baseball, just not the Detroit Tigers. He was ripped apart in his last two outings against them this year. After holding Detroit to one run in a 13-1 Cleveland victory back on April 24 and three runs on June 12, he has allowed 13 runs in eight innings over the last two starts, both losses. Each of these starts were his shortest outings of the year (4.1 and 3.2 innings respectively)
Detroit Tigers Lineup
Victor Martinez returns to the lineup after missing the last three games with the flu.
- Rajai Davis-LF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- James McCann-C
- Andrew Romine-SS
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Jose Iglesias — Day-to-Day
- Daniel Norris — 15-day DL
- Anibal Sanchez — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season