Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander gave up nine hits, seven runs, and two homers over 3.1 frames in a loss against the Cleveland Indians at their own ballpark. Mike Clevinger was on winning end of that game, allowing two hits, one run, and five walks while getting seven strikeouts in six innings. Both pitchers face off again in a sequel but this time it’ll be at the Indians’ stomping grounds, Progressive Field.
Justin Verlander, Photo Credit: MLB
Verlander has allowed five or more hits over nine games throughout this season. He’s posting a career low 4.96 ERA and 1.52 WHIP since his first full season in 2006. His last game against the Indians was easily his worst performance this year after delivering no strikeouts, the first time since April 28, 2007.
Mike Clevinger, Photo Credit: MLB
On the other hand, Clevinger is having the best season of his young career with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Opposing teams are hitting at a career low .187 against him as well. He hasn’t allowed more than five runs in an average of five innings this year while only allowing more than five hits twice this season.
Cleveland Indians vs Verlander, Photo Credit: MLB
Lonnie Chisenhall, Photo Credit: MLB
The Tribe’s Jose Ramirez has gotten seven runs, 11 hits, and two homers in 25 at bats against Verlander. While Lonnie Chisenhall has seven runs, 15 hits, and three dingers in 44 at bats over the 2011 AL Cy Young awardee.
Detroit Tigers vs Clevinger, Photo Credit: MLB
J.D. Martinez, Photo Credit: MLB
As for the Tigers, J.D. Martinez was the one who particularly stood out in their last game. He hit a double to allow the only run they got off Clevinger in the first six innings. Martinez hasn’t missed against Clevinger, hitting a perfect three for three.
The Indians got 18 runs, 24 hits, and five homeruns in 14 1/3 frames against Verlander this year while giving the pitcher a 1-2 win-loss record and a 11.30 ERA. So, it’s hard to see this next game between the two teams being in favor of the Tigers. The Tribe has obviously given Verlander the fits and so far, it hasn’t been proven otherwise.
Projected Winner: Cleveland Indians.