In general, I don’t believe in “must-win” games until a team is literally in a must-win situation. But if there was ever a time to break out that term, this is it.
The Indians are 4.5 games behind the first-place Tigers, and can’t afford to fall any further behind if they’re going to hang around in this race.
Danny Salazar takes the mound for the Tribe tonight in one of the biggest regular season starts of his young career. Salazar tossed a shutout in his last outing against Detroit, but got roughed up by the Angels his last time out.
The Tigers send Kyle Lobstein to the mound, making just his fourth career start, but already his second against the Tribe. Lobstein allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings on September 2, a game the Tigers ended up winning thanks to a Cody Allen blown save.
Lobstein primarily throws a combination of the fastball, slider and change with an occasional curve mixed in. The Indians lefty-heavy lineup can expect to see a steady dose of sliders—no lefty has collected a hit off Lobstein’s slider this season.[table “” not found /]
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