The last time I wrote for this space, I begged the Indians to crawl out of the basement of the American League Central. They did that. Now, I’m begging them to beat the Tigers in a series.
The Tigers have owned the Indians for the past three seasons. Since the start of 2013, the Tribe is a dismal 16-36 against Detroit. And while the rest of the league has been making that team look more like the Motor City Kitties lately, they seem to turn carnivorous whenever they see Chief Wahoo.
On Sunday, a red-hot Justin Verlander (3-6, 3.40 ERA) takes the hill against the Indians. Verlander has posted a microscopic 0.76 ERA during his past 5 starts and has given up only 10 runs over the last 58.2 innings. However, the Indians have a history of hitting Verlander even when he’s at his hottest. (Yet they can’t score and muster only 2 hits against Alfredo Simon?)
Cody Anderson (2-3, 4.17 ERA) toes the rubber for the Tribe, following a strong outing against the Blue Jays last Tuesday.
Whenever I think I have this team figured out, they defy expectations, in both good and bad ways. All we can do is watch, see how they play each game and root from them to gain ground on a quickly fading wild card spot.