After a rainout last night, the Cleveland Indians will return to action tonight at 7:10 against the Detroit Tigers. While the Tigers have typically owned the Indians, the Tribe has played better against Detroit recently, and a win tonight would put them back at .500 for the first time since the beginning of the season.
Currently Cody Anderson is scheduled to start for the Indians against Detroit’s Justin Verlander, although that could change with last night’s rainout. Anderson has been a pleasant surprise this season, and was absolutely phenomenal in his last start, going seven innings and allowing just two hits, two walks, and no runs. While Verlander is no longer the dominant pitcher he once was, his 3-7 record is misleading as he also sports a 3.43 ERA to go along with a WHIP of 1.09.
With the Texas Rangers winning last night, the Indians are now 4 1/2 games out of the final Wild Card spot. While a postseason berth has been unlikely for months, the Tribe aren’t out of it yet. That being said, tonight’s game is about as close to a must win as you can get for the Indians as falling behind any farther would likely be the final nail in the coffin of the Indians season.