The Cleveland Indians finished just one game behind the Detroit Tigers last season. A number has to haunt Cleveland fans considering the Tribe had a 4-15 record against the Tigers last season including a 1-9 home record. Had the Tribe won just a few of those games the story line would have been completely different for both franchises this off-season.
The Cleveland Indians came into the game tonight 20-25 and last place in the American League Central. But a walk-off homer by Mike Brantley on Monday night has ignited the Indians offense spurring a 6 run performance in-game two of the series.
The series so far is playing right into the Tribes hands. After stealing the game in the 10th inning on Monday night they got to face Justin Verlander. Cleveland has a 14-18 record against J.V. but have been able to score runs on the Tiger Ace who has a 4.28 ERA when facing them. On Tuesday the Indians scored 5 early runs on Verlander and the offense was never able to recover as Cleveland handed the Detroit Tigers their second straight loss 6-2.
Verlander has struggled in May welcoming into tonights game with a 4.50 ERA. Verlander’s command has been uncharacteristically absent at times this season. Verlander has frequently walked batters in route to a 1.333 WHIP. Verlanders career WHIP is 1.195.
The Indians and 2-0 against the Detroit Tigers in 2014 and will try to make it 3 when they face Max Scherzer on Wednesday night from Progressive Field. Scherzer will be opposed by Zach McAllister who is 0-2 with a 9.49 ERA in his last three starts. Wednesdays game is the tigers best and last chance to win avoid the sweep by beating up on the struggling Indians hurler.
Catch Wednesdays game on Fox Sports Detroit, first pitch at 12:05.