The Tigers tried again, yet failed to defeat the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe took care of business in a big away once again on Tuesday night, sending the Tigers reeling with a 12-1 loss. If the Indians could play the Tigers every game of the season, they would be World Series Champions. The win last night made for the Indians 12th win a row against the Tigers. It wasn’t even close, as Carlos Carrasco rocked the house with a brilliant performance, and as predicted, Anibal Sanchez couldn’t sustain a few quality innings. Like we said, the wheels fell off for Sanchez right after the 3rd inning, with the Tigers ultimately getting blasted in a 11 run loss.
Perhaps the other big storyline of the game was the ejection of Miguel Cabrera. At-bat Cabrera took a foul ball off his leg which bounced into play, the umpires ruled that the ball was in-play. Needless to say Miggy blew up and he got tossed from the game. Rightfully so, it was an awful call, and umpires are making far too many mistakes the last few seasons. Pay attention to the game please.
Mind you, having Cabrera around for the rest of the game wouldn’t have helped much as they got demolished. It may have actually been a positive due to the fact it garnered him a bit more rest for today. We’ll see how Miggy responds today, in an early afternoon matchup with the Indians looking for their 13th in a row over the hapless Tigers. After winning six straight games, the Tigers didn’t want to see the Indians. Sure enough, Cleveland has been able to quickly erase the good vibes from the Tigers’ memory. Michael Fulmer, the rookie prodigy for the Tigers will look to be the guy to snap the trend on Wednesday afternoon.
Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians
Michael Fulmer (8-2, 2.17 ERA) vs. Josh Tomlin (9-1, 3.21 ERA)
Fulmer and Tomlim have both been in some pretty good shape this season. Fulmer the rookie who has burst onto the scene out of nowhere. He is shaping up to be the next top ace in the game, but it’s easy to be good over a couple of months. Do this for the rest of the reason and then let it continue into 2017, that would be the definition of ace status for Fulmer. The Tigers are being cautious with him, not exerting himself too much to do any damage to his young arm.
The Tigers know they are banking on him being a major player in the future, they don’t want to ruin that by overworking him. Fulmer comes into tonight with an ERA of 2.17, he has allowed some runes lately, after allowing none over four starts. But let’s evaluate this a bit, Fulmer has surrendered only 2 runs in his last three starts. He got right back to putting up donuts with no runs allowed against the Rays. Fulmer owns a 1.06 ERA and 0.94 WHIP over his last three starts in total.
Not to be out done, Josh Tomlin has been playing some pretty good baseball as well. He enters with a 3.21 ERA and a 9-1 record. Although, Fulmer has been the hotter of the two, as Tomlin posted a 3.00 ERA in his last three starts. At home he hasn’t been as good, with a 4.02 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. The Tribe have to lose to the Tigers eventually, there is no way around it. If anybody is going to beat the Tigers for the Indians it’s going to be Fulmer. I expect him to add to his already impressive resume and snap the streak of 12 in a row wins for the Indians. Fulmer nails his stake deeper into the ground today and knocks the Indians off on Wednesday. We cashed the Indians yesterday, we look for a win with their opponents this afternoon.
PICK: TIGERS TO WIN +120