Indians Try To Stay In Wild Card Race When Taking On Division Leading Tigers

Indians Try To Stay In Wild Card Race When Taking On Division Leading Tigers

The Cleveland Indians are desperately trying to right the ship and stay in the wild card race after dropping five straight. They will have to do so against one of the best teams in the league the Detroit Tigers who are on top of the AL Central.

Starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians in this contest will be the young Danny Salazar who is 1-2 with a 3.67 ERA on the season. Manager Terry Francona has consistently been limiting Salazar’s innings each game rarely letting him get into the sixth inning or later. In his last five appearances Salazar is 1-2 with a 3.67 ERA.

Lack of offense has been a huge reason for the Indians five game slide with just 11 total runs in the past week. Short stop Asdrubal Cabrera and catcher Carlos Santana are the only two Indians to hit above .300 in the past week and have almost half of the teams total runs between them with over that time with four.

The Detroit Tigers are on a three game winning-streak and will have Justin Verlander starting trying to keep the streak alive. Verlander has had a respectful season but for him it has had a sub par year not coming near his level of dominance last season. So far this the right handed pitcher is 12-10 with a 3.73 ERA but over his last 10 is just 3-5 with a 4.05 ERA.

Third baseman start slugger Miguel Cabrera sat out yesterday to rest a sore thigh and if he sits out this one the Tigers will be missing arguably the best hitter in baseball but still have plenty of offensive firepower with eight hitters batting over .300 the past week with four of them hitting above .400. Over his last six games Cabrera is hitting .412 with 2 homers, 4 RBI’s, and walked three times. Prince Fielder is getting his stroke back late in the season with a homer and 4 RBI’s over the past week, and Torii Hunter has been killing the ball with a .345 average , 2 homers, and 5 RBI’s. Last but not least DH Victor Martinez is leading his team the past 7 games with an insane .571 average also smacking a home run and notchign 5 RBI’s in that time.

The Detroit Tigers seem to have the Indians number regardless if their best hitter is out for the series. Detroit just has to much fire power for a slumping Indians team and I look for Cleveland’s losing streak to continue, take the Tigers regardless of the high price in this one.

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