Well, look at it this way: having scored 26 runs in their last 14 innings against the Chicago White Sox, perhaps the Detroit Tigers are too tired from all that baserunning to have a good series against the Indians this week.
Obviously this Tigers series is a big deal for the Indians. If they have any hope whatsoever of winning the division, they simply must take at least two of the three games. A sweep would be better, of course, but with the pride of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia taking the mound for Wednesday afternoon’s game, that’s going to be a tall order. Verlander has been all but unbeatable lately, and you’ve got to figure he’ll come through again on Wednesday, unfortunately.
Doug Fister, who’ll start for the Tigers in today’s game, has pitched very well over his last three starts, giving up only two runs over his last 21 2/3 innings. The Tigers picked up Fister via a trade with the Seattle Mariners in July. If he keeps pitching the way he’s been pitching recently, that will make this a long afternoon for Indians hitters. The Tribe offense needs to get to him early and put some runs on the scoreboard so that Ubaldo Jimenez can pitch with a lead to protect.
Grady Sizemore is expected to start in center field for the Indians today. By all accounts, he’s healed from his recent hernia surgery. Let’s hope he comes back healthy and strong. The Indians could use some more offensive power and baserunning speed and acumen. And let’s hope, too, that he doesn’t get re-injured.
This has been a strange and interesting season for the Indians. Maybe, just maybe, things can go our way during this homestand. How about it, Baseball Gods? Can you cut the Indians some slack?