Trevor Bauer (11-7, 4.06 ERA) and Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.81 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (86-62) and the Detroit Tigers (78-70) at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 1-0, and Cleveland leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 18 and can be seen on STOh, FSDT and TBS.
Bauer pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs, striking out seven and walking one in an 8-1 defeat to the White Sox. Norris went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out 11 and walking two in a 4-2 win over the Twins in his most recent start. Miguel Cabrera (.307, 80 Rs, 33 HRs, 90 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
The Indians sit at 41-21 against their divisional rivals, while the Tigers are 31-34.
Cleveland won its last game in a shutout, its 11th of the season. Detroit has been shut out 11 times this season.
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 17-3 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Indians have a slight leg up on the Tigers, as the Indians have won their last two games while the Tigers have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 61-11. The Indians have a 65-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th in runs, Detroit has earned 665 this season. Cleveland ranks fourth with 724 runs.
Ranking ninth, Detroit is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.760). Cleveland ranks in the top five with an OPS of .767.
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.