Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Carlos Carrasco (11-8, 3.32 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (85-62) meet Justin Verlander (14-8, 3.33 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (78-69) in the second of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 11-4, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 17 and will air on FS1.
In his most recent outing, Carrasco pitched 3.2 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking one in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox. Mike Napoli (.251, 89 Rs, 34 HRs, 98 RBIs, 4 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs. The Tigers were unsuccessful against the Orioles 3-1 the last time Verlander pitched. He went 5.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out seven and walking two.
The Indians sit at 40-21 against their divisional rivals, while the Tigers are 31-33.
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 41-29, while Cleveland is 32-27.
The Tigers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are heading in with a 29-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 61-11. The Indians have a 65-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Detroit sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 665 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fourth with 723.
Cleveland and Detroit both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Cleveland sits at sixth with an OPS of .768, and Detroit ranks ninth with an OPS of .762.
The Tigers are 45-50 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 53-53 when they allow at least one homer.