A team that’s gone 9-1 in its past 10 games should gain ground in the standings, right?
An Indians fan probably would think that the Tribe would have narrowed the gap on the Tigers in the AL Central over that stretch.
Unfortunately, the Tigers have been just as hot, also going 9-1.
The two teams meet for a four-game series in Cleveland starting tonight.
The Tigers will send Anibal Sanchez (9-7, 2.59 ERA) to the mound against Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.77) in what should be a good showdown.
On Tuesday, Justin Verlander (11-8, 3.88) will see if he’s back on track, opposing Indians’ ace Justin Masterson (13-7, 3.33). Verlander gave up one run over six innings in his last start, but he walked five. In his two starts before that, he gave up seven earned runs and five earned runs, respectively, in two losses.
Wednesday has the most intrigue, for me. The Indians will call up super prospect Danny Salazar from Triple-A. Salazar made an appearance for the Indians on July 11 against the Jays. He picked up the win, going six innings. He gave up two hits and one run while striking out seven. Salazar will take the spot of Ubaldo Jimenez, who will start Friday.
Salazar will face off against the Tigers’ Doug Fister (10-5, 3.52).
The series wraps up Thursday when Max Scherzer (16-1, 2.85) meets Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.47).
It’s a big series for both teams, but watch out for those Royals, too, who start the day 7.5 games back and have won 9-of-10.
– Rick Green