Tonight the Tigers try to stop their longest losing streak of the season at 3 when they take on the surprising Cleveland Indians. The Tigers send Max Scherzer to the mound, which seems like a good plan to stop the losing, since Max so far this season has known only winning (4-0). The key to Scherzer’s success has been that he has been able to locate his pitches well and not get behind in the count. That may be a more difficult task against the Indians than it was against the free-swinging White Sox.
Jeanmar Gomez takes the mound for Cleveland for only his 2nd start of the season. The first he only lasted 4 1/3 innings vs KC and gave up 9 hits. More of that would be nice.
Of note is the fact that the Tigers went to Cleveland by bus–the Red Wings got dibs on the team plane. Maybe this will allow each player to get in touch with his inner minor leaguer.
Ol’ Smokey managed the bus trip without throwing anybody under. So the lineup will be what we’re used to.
It’s hard to get used to though: we have a leadoff hitter who can’t get on base, a 3 hitter with 1 RBI, and the weakest top third of the lineup in the league, maybe in all of baseball.
Just a quick look at DET vs CLE top of the lineup OBP/OPS fills one with envy:
1 DET .223 .456 2 DET .300 .596 3 DET .312 .672
1 CLE .393 .971 2 CLE .318 .758 3 CLE .317 .747
Today’s nobody-under-the-bus lineup: