This game could be low scoring as Corey Kluber (16-9, 3.05 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (84-62) meet Michael Fulmer (10-6, 2.76 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (78-68) in the first of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 16 and will air on STOh and FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Kluber pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one runs (one unearned), striking out 10 and walking two in a 7-1 victory over the Twins. Mike Napoli (.247, 87 Rs, 33 HRs, 94 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Tigers were victorious over the Orioles 4-3 the last time Fulmer pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking one. J.D. Martinez (.318, 63 Rs, 20 HRs, 59 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The Indians sit at 39-21 against their divisional rivals, while the Tigers are 31-32.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Indians are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 17-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 12-50. The Indians have a 12-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Cleveland ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 175 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 with 187.
Ranking 17th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 433 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 with 470.
The Indians are 60-39 when they hit at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 64-38 record.