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The Cleveland Indians are virtually unstoppable right now after they swept the Baltimore Orioles in their last series to hold the best record in the American League, they’re currently riding their 18 game winning streak ahead of their matchup against the Detroit Tigers. Carlos Carrasco (14-6, 3.53 ERA) will start for the Tribe opposite Tigers rookie Myles Jaye (1-0, 0.00 ERA) as the Indians look for their 19th straight win when they play at home on Progressive Field.
Carlos Carrasco, Photo Credit: MLB
Carrasco had a complete game in his last outing versus the Chicago White Sox, he got the win after only giving up one run on three hits including one dinger while he struck out nine batters. He’s been incredible lately except for the blunder he had against the Boston Red Sox on August 22; he’s 3-1 with a 2.34 ERA in his last five starts. Unfortunately for his next opponents, he’s been even better after getting a 3-1 record and a 2.14 ERA in five starts versus the Tigers.
Myles Jaye, Photo Credit: MLB
While Jaye will make his first Major League start after coming out of the bullpen twice for the Tigers. He grabbed the win in his last appearance against the Kansas City Royals after giving up one hit and two walks in 2.1 frames. Unfortunately, his 4-13 record and 3.96 ERA over 131.2 innings between his stints in Double-A and Triple-A doesn’t bode well.
Detroit Tigers vs Carrasco, Photo Credit: MLB
Miguel Cabrera, Photo Credit: MLB
Among the three batters in the Tigers lineup who’ve gotten 30 or more at bats versus Carrasco, Miguel Cabrera has been the most successful because Nicholas Castellanos and Ian Kinsler haven’t even reached a .250 batting average versus Cleveland’s starter. Meanwhile, Cabrera has five runs on 12 hits including one dinger with a .261/.306/.348 slash line and a .654 OPS in 46 at bats against Carrasco. However, this year has got to be his lowest statistical season with a .250/.333/.404 stat line and a .738 OPS.
Cleveland Indians vs Jaye, Photo Credit: MLB
Francisco Lindor, Photo Credit: MLB
On the other hand, no one out of Cleveland’s lineup has appeared in more than two at bats versus Jaye. However, Francisco Lindor has been on fire lately after getting seven runs on eight hits including three homeruns in 17 at bats over the past four games. Unfortunately, he isn’t having his best statistical year so far as well with a .274/.334/.497 slash line and a .831 OPS.
Jaye is going to have a daunting task ahead of him when he faces the Indians who are clearly at their best right now. While Carrasco has been nothing short of stellar against the Tigers this season so their opponents would need to step up because the Indians aren’t losing anytime soon if they continue playing like their life depended on it.
Projected Winner: Cleveland Indians