Cleveland Indians Series Preview: Detroit Tigers, May 21-22

Max Scherzer - USA TODAY Sports

The Indians conclude a short six game homestand with the first visit from the second place division rival Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers visit for a quick two game set that is scheduled for Tuesday May 21 and Wednesday May 22, both with 7:05 PM start times. The Tigers will look to avenge a series loss at home just nine days ago. Afterwards, the Tribe will embark on a trip to Fenway for four games and then to Cincinnati for a pair.

Team in a Box

Detroit Tigers

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2013 Record

23-19

Runs/Game

5.3

1st

Runs/Game

4.2

6th

AL Central

2nd

OBP

348

1st

H/9

8.3

7th

Last 10

4-6

SLG

432

5th

BB/9

2.9

6th

Last 30

16-17

Steals

16

13th

SO/9

9.6

2nd

Since last we met the Tigers, they have taken two of three from the Astros at home and lost three of four in Arlington to slide into second place. They are currently slumping as their starting rotation all decided to have a bad turn save Rick Porcello. Their runs per game have dropped to sixth and H/9 has slid to seventh. Also, Austin Jackson landed on the DL right after our last series, juggling the lineup a bit. They still lead the league in runs scored and on base percentage, but the slugging has slid down from third to fifth. The improved defense from early in the season kind of regressed while down in Texas, albeit most of it was mental, not scorer's decision related.

Projected Lineup

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS+

LF

Andy Dirks

L

133

246

318

390

89

RF

Torii Hunter

R

183

310

350

409

103

3B

Miguel Cabrera

R

197

387

457

659

194

1B

Prince Fielder

L

192

277

406

523

147

DH

Victor Martinez

S

175

209

269

297

52

C

Alex Avila

L

125

179

256

304

49

SS

Jhonny Peralta

R

169

320

381

467

126

2B

Omar Infante

R

154

313

344

444

109

CF

Avisail Garcia

R

10

200

200

500

79

With Jackson out, Garcia was recalled and he starts in center and typically hits ninth in the order. Garcia was very impressive with a 319/373/319 90 OPS+ line in 51 plate appearances as a 21 year old last season. Leyland may also choose to play Don Kelly in center as well, but he doesn't hit well at all, which means he should tag us for a home run ala Brendan Ryan. Over their past three series, Hunter has cooled off a bit with everyone else holding fairly steady to where they were 10 games ago. That is except for Cabrera, he has been on fire yet again, a 405/457/857 clip with five homers and 10 RBI. His 2013 is off to an even more fantastic start to his triple crown season last year.

Projected Starters

Date

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

May 21

Max Scherzer (Kluber)

R

3.98

54.1

110

7.0

2.0

11.3

May 22

Justin Verlander (Jimenez)

R

2.77

55.1

158

8.8

2.3

11.1

Interesting that we get the exact same pitching matchups from the last series. Scherzer got the only win against the Tribe in the last series, but that was more because of the offense. He gave up four runs in eight innings, but struggled in his next game against the Astros, five runs in seven innings. Verlander pitched pretty poorly in lasting only five innings against us, but the Rangers got to him even worse, 8 runs in just 2.2 innings. In his last two starts, his ERA has doubled from 1.55 to 3.17. He usually struggles in Progressive as well, a 7-10 record with a 5.38 ERA in 18 starts.

Key Relievers

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Jose Valverde

R

1.13

8.0

404

1.1

4.5

7.9

Joaquin Benoit

R

1.42

19.0

312

5.2

3.8

11.4

Drew Smyly

L

1.93

28.0

228

6.4

2.3

9.3

The Tribe got to Valverde in the last series, touching him for his first run of the year. His H/9 is fantastic, but he sure is wild with a 4.5 BB/9. And he is the only main reliever with a K/9 below 9.0. Benoit has been his usual very good, but that walk rate is still a bit high. Phil Coke was activated during our last series, but I believe Smyly is the better left handed option at this point.

On the Shelf

  • RP Octavio Dotel (right elbow inflammation) - 15-day DL, possible June return
  • CF Austin Jackson (pulled left hamstring) - 15-day DL, possible late May return

The Tigers have been relatively healthy so far with Dotel, Coke and Jackson the only casualties so far in 2013.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2013

2

1

667

15

19

394

2012

10

8

556

68

83

410

Last 5*

40

50

444

385

460

419

Last 10*

91

92

497

855

922

466

All-Time

1040

1072

492

9450

9693

488

*Does not include 2013 stats

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