Corey Kluber vs. Tigers: Round 2
By coincidence, the same two pitching matchups from the first series between Detroit and Cleveland meet again this week. In round two of Max Scherzer against Corey Kluber, Sherzer prevailed again despite an improved performance by Kluber, who pitched six and a third innings and only allowed three runs.
Kluber struck out a career-high eight batters on Tuesday night and cruised through the first five innings with ease. In the sixth inning, however, Kluber gave up a solo homer to Andy Dirks, a double to Torii Hunter and a two-run shot to Miguel Cabrera. That was the only trouble Kluber ran into on the night, but unfortunately it was enough for the Tigers to take the victory even without scoring the additional two runs in the ninth.
Tip your cap to Scherzer
There are games you lose because you can’t capitalize on opportunities and then there are losses where you just have to give credit to the opposing pitcher. Tuesday’s loss to Max Scherzer was just one of those nights. After scoring a run in the first to pad the Indians to an early 1-0 lead, Scherzer settled in and retired every batter he faced in the next seven innings.
They’ve crushed Cy Young winners and beat the snot out of nearly every otherwise dominant pitcher they’ve faced over the course of the season thus far, but the Indians have just simply not been able figure out Max Scherzer in the two outings he’s faced them. He’s 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in those two starts and has pitched eight innings both times.
Cody Allen mowing down the best
At this time in 2012, Cody Allen was pitching in the minors. Now here we are a year later and he’s striking out Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. The young flame-thrower has established himself as a key member of the Tribe bullpen this season as he has given up only five runs in 18 games (21 innings pitched) while only walking seven and striking out 28. In one and two thirds innings on Tuesday night, Allen mowed down the Tigers only allowing one base-runner via walk. Allen also struck out four consecutive batters.
Quote of the Game:
“It’s one game. They beat us this time, but we’ll be back tomorrow,” – Michael Bourn on Tuesday’s 5-1 loss.
Up Next: Tigers vs. Indians @ Progressive Field. 7:05pm ET first pitch.
Well who would’ve thought this a month ago, a matchup between Justin Verlander and Ubaldo Jimenez where the latter pitcher may have the upper hand? Heading into Wednesday’s series finale, it certainly appears as if that may be the case given that Jimenez has pitched well in his last four starts while Verlander has given up 12 runs (11 earned) over his last two starts.
But as baseball has so often shown, predictions and past results don’t necessarily dictate what will happen. However, this offense has proven numerous times during their recent winning stretch that they can’t be held back for long, especially against former Cy Young winners like Verlander, who they’ve already beaten this season. But the hitters need to find their groove again and Jimenez will have to bring his A-game as the Tribe aims to split the series and move back to 2.5 games ahead of Detroit in the division.