Series preview: Indians vs. Tigers (April 15-17)

Leon Halip

The Indians conclude their first divisional road trip by spending the weekend in the Motor City at Comerica Park.

The Tribe finish this road trip with a three game set scheduled with the defending division champion Detroit Tigers.

  • Tuesday's game is at 7:08 PM (McAllister vs. Sanchez) [Edit: postponed]
  • Wednesday's game is at 7:08 PM (Salazar vs. Smyly) (McAllister vs. Sanchez)
  • Thursday's game is at 1:08 PM (Masterson vs. Verlander) (Salazar vs. Verlander)

They then head home to take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

Division Watch: Red Sox at White Sox, Blue Jays at Twins, Royals at Astros.

Team in a Box

Detroit Tigers

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2014 Record

6-4

Runs/Game

4.0

13th

Runs/Game

3.9

3rd

AL Central

1st

OBP

307

10th

H/9

8.8

4th

Last 10

6-4

SLG

406

4th

BB/9

2.4

1st

Last 30

-

Steals

9

3rd

SO/9

8.0

12th

As well as the Indians did against the White Sox in 2013, they performed absolutely dreadful against the Tigers, going 4-15 and getting outscored by 50 runs. The Tigers ended June just six games over .500 and tied for first in the division. But they had a hot July and August, going 37-19 to enter September with a 7.5 game lead. They would need all of that lead as they coasted to the finish, one game up on the Tribe. They beat the A's in the ALDS 3-2 and then fell to the Red Sox 4-2 in the ALCS.

This offseason, they had a shuffling of the roster, dealing Prince Fielder and Doug Fister. They have a very strong core in the lineup with MVP Miguel Cabrera, the ageless Torii Hunter and former Tribesman, Victor Martinez. Even without Fister, the rotation still has three ace-like starters in Verlander, Scherzer and Sanchez. What they cannot afford is a key injury to any of those guys as their depth appears much worse than in previous seasons.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Alex Avila

L

28

130

390

1B

Miguel Cabrera

R

43

225

654

2B

Ian Kinsler

R

45

302

775

3B

Nick Castellanos

R

29

269

806

SS

Alex Gonzalez

R

25

208

532

LF

Rajai Davis

R

34

345

860

CF

Austin Jackson

R

42

289

860

RF

Torii Hunter

R

33

267

967

DH

Victor Martinez

S

38

286

802

IF

Andrew Romine

S

14

083

298

OF

Tyler Collins

L

15

143

343

UT

Don Kelly

L

11

364

909

C

Bryan Holaday

R

5

000

000

The lineup is off to a poor start, which kind of frightens me for this series. Cabrera only has one homer and a mere 4 RBI. Jackson and Hunter are carrying the hitting so far and Davis has been a nice replacement for the injured Andy Dirks. What jumps out to me is how this offense is severely right handed. Luckily we do not have a left hander in our rotation.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Justin Verlander

R

2.57

21.0

1.190

5.6

Max Scherzer

R

2.70

20.0

1.050

11.3

Anibal Sanchez

R

3.00

9.0

1.333

9.0

Rick Porcello

R

4.15

13.0

1.154

5.5

Drew Smyly

L

0.00

6.0

0.500

9.0

Joe Nathan

R

9.64

4.2

2.357

5.8

Joba Chamberlain

R

9.00

3.0

2.333

18.0

Ian Krol

L

2.08

4.1

0.692

10.4

Al Alburqurque

R

4.91

3.2

1.636

7.4

Phil Coke

L

16.20

1.2

2.400

0.0

Evan Reed

R

0.00

3.1

1.200

5.4

Luke Putkonen

R

13.50

0.2

1.500

0.0

Originally we were slated to miss both Scherzer and Verlander, but Verlander has now been named for the Thursday start. Smyly will be making his season debut as a starter against us. Sanchez is the one who has struggled the most, only having 9 innings in two starts.

The bullpen, which gave them issues last season, again looks to be the weak part of the roster when compared to the lineup and rotation. Nathan has been hit hard so far and so has Chamberlain. Krol looks to be the key leftie in the pen as Coke ha not looked good. Remember that SSS especially still applies here.

On the Shelf

  • LF Andy Dirks [15 day DL], possible June return
  • SS Jose Iglesias [60 day DL] , possible late 2014 return
  • RP Bruce Rondon [60 day DL] , out for season

Rondon was supposed to be a key set-up guy and a potential closer in waiting. Dirks was slated to start in left and the loss of Iglesias forced them to sign Gonzalez.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

-

-

-

-

-

-

2013

4

15

211

70

120

272

Last 5*

33

58

363

340

479

348

Last 10*

83

100

454

816

965

424

All-Time

1042

1086

490

9505

9794

486

*Does not include 2014 stats

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