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The Cleveland Indians nabbed their 19th straight victory after an 11-0 drubbing of the Detroit Tigers to open their series. They’re now eyeing their 20th win in a row to tie the 2002 “Moneyball” Athletics for the Expansion Era’s longest winning streak (since 1961). The Indians have chosen Corey Kluber (15-4, 2.56 ERA) to start as they attempt to achieve the feat at home while the Tigers will send Matthew Boyd (5-9, 5.93 ERA) in an attempt to spoil the Tribe’s effort to make history at Progressive Field.
Corey Kluber, Photo Credit: MLB
Kluber only allowed three hits which included two dingers while he struck out 13 batters in a span of seven innings to get the win in his last start against the Chicago White Sox. He’s 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his last five games which involved a quality start over the Tigers. He’s got a 2-1 record over his next opponents as well but he’s been awful with a 5.24 ERA in his last four starts against them. Fortunately, his last two starts versus the Tigers yielded a 1-0 record with an impressive 1.38 ERA.
Matthew Boyd, Photo Credit: MLB
On the other hand, Boyd lost his last start against the Kansas City Royals after giving up four runs on seven hits including one homer while he struck out four batters in six innings. He’s been awful lately with a 0-3 record and a 6.97 ERA but he’s performed better versus his upcoming opponents with a 1-1 standing and a 2.41 ERA in his last three starts against them.
Detroit Tigers vs Kluber, Photo Credit: MLB
Miguel Cabrera, Photo Credit: Metsmerized Online
Miguel Cabrera has gotten the most appearances versus Kluber out of Detroit’s lineup; he’s gotten 12 runs on 23 hits including six home runs with a .434/.474/.830 slash line and a 1.304 OPS in 53 at bats against Cleveland’s starter. However, he’s having the worst season of his career so far with a .248/.333/.401 stat line and a .734 OPS.
Cleveland Indians vs Boyd, Photo Credit: MLB
Francisco Lindor, Photo Credit: Cdn-S3
While Francisco Lindor has bested Boyd in his career so far; he’s gotten one run on five hits with a .455/.500/.545 stat line and a 1.045 OPS in 11 at bats against Detroit’s starter. Unfortunately, he’s not hitting accurately this year compared to his previous two seasons with a .275/.335/.501 triple slash line and a .836 OPS.
The Tigers have a shot at upsetting the Indians with the likes of Cabrera, Mikie Mahtook, and Nicholas Castellanos hitting well against Kluber. Unfortunately, Cleveland’s starter has been on a hot streak lately since he hasn’t even allowed more than two runs in his last five starts while Boyd has allowed five runs on two separate occasions in his past five games. If the Indians could shake off their awful batting against Boyd who’s clearly not in his best form lately, Cleveland could rewrite the history books at their own home field.
Projected Winner: Cleveland Indians