American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, July 19
(All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (48-47) at Detroit Tigers (53-39), 1:08 p.m. & 7:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game 1: Cleveland - Corey Kluber (9-6, 3.01)
Detroit - Drew VerHagen (0-0, 0.00)
Game 2: Cleveland - Zach McAllister (3-5, 5.63)
Detroit - Max Scherzer (11-3, 3.35)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Following a Friday night matchup, the Cleveland Indians
and Detroit Tigers will square off in a doubleheader Saturday to play the
second and third games of a four-game series at Comerica Park.
The Indians will call on Corey Kluber in the first matchup to start, and will
insert Zach McAllister into the night contest.
Meanwhile, the Tigers called up rookie Drew VerHagen from Triple-A Toledo to
make the spot start in the afternoon contest and he will bridge the gap
between Anibal Sanchez Friday night and Max Scherzer, who gets the starting
nod for the late game.
Kluber takes the mound in the afternoon sporting a 9-6 record on the season
with a 3.01 earned run average. His 142 strikeouts is near the top of the
American League this season, and in his past four starts he's picked up a 3-1
record. In his last start on July 11, Kluber was roughed up for four runs on
eight hits, but still picked up the win as his Indians took down the White
VerHagen is making his major league debut Saturday afternoon. With Toledo in
2014, the 23-year-old has amassed a 6-7 record with a 3.67 ERA. He's racked up
63 strikeouts to 25 walks.
In the late-game contest, the Indians will count on McAllister to match up
with one of the most dangerous pitchers in the American League in Scherzer.
McAllister enters the game with a 3-5 record and a disappointing 5.63 ERA.
He's struck out 45 batters and walked 21 on the year. McAllister hasn't picked
up a win since an April 21 start against Kansas City.
He lasted seven innings on July 12 against the White Sox and gave up three
runs on four hits. That was enough to be tagged with the loss in a 6-2 Chicago
Scherzer has been dominant of late. His 11-2 record is up there with some of
the best in the majors, and he adds an impressive 3.35 ERA to his stat line.
Scherzer has picked up two wins in his last two starts, including a seven-
inning, one-run effort in his most recent outing, in which he fanned seven
batters and his Tigers picked up the 4-1 win over the Dodgers. He was also the
winning pitcher in the 2014 All-Star Game earlier in the week.
Against Cleveland, Scherzer has a career 9-4 record with 104 strikeouts in 106
1/3 innings pitched.
Detroit jumped ahead of Cleveland 3-0 after four innings on Friday night, but
the Indians went on a scoring spree in the seventh to retake the lead. They
held the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way en route to a 9-3 victory.
Nick Swisher got the scoring started in the seventh inning with a two-run
single, then Ryan Raburn doubled to right field to knot the score at 3-3.
Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera each homered to close out the scoring in the
inning, then Kipnis went deep in the ninth to complete a 2-for-5 night at the
plate with four RBI.
Trevor Bauer secured the win for Cleveland after pitching six innings of six-
hit, three-run ball. Sanchez was tagged with the loss for Detroit after going
six innings with four earned runs and seven strikeouts.
"I don't know if it was the time off or whatever reason, it just looked to me
like he got tired," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said about Sanchez.
Torii Hunter drove in a run in the fourth inning to give the Tigers a 2-0
lead, then stole third and came home on a throwing error to end Detroit's
Miguel Cabrera, who entered the game as the American League leader in RBI
(75) and doubles (34) went 2-for-4 on the night, but didn't contribute to
either of those categories.
The Indians have won four of their last five dating back to last week, while
Detroit is following up a five-game win streak with two straight losses
sandwiching the All-Star break. Cleveland is now 6 1/2 games back of the
Tigers in the AL Central race.
07/19 10:21:27 ET