Game 98: Tigers at Indians, 7:05 p.m.

The Tigers are looking to start a new winning streak and remain atop the AL Central as they play the 2nd of a 3-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Max Scherzer and Derek Lowe are your starting pitchers this evening.

Lineups after the jump.

Tigers (M. Scherzer – R)

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Quintin Berry (L) LF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Brennan Boesch (L) RF
7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
8. Alex Avila (L) C
9. Omar Infante (R) 2B

Indians (D. Lowe – R)

1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
4. Michael Brantley (L) CF
5. Carlos Santana (S) C
6. Travis Hafner (L) DH
7. Johnny Damon (L) LF
8. Casey Kotchman (L) 1B
9. Jack Hannahan (L) 3B

No changes for the Tigers tonight as they try to break the stranglehold that the Indians have on this rivalry at Progressive Field. Since 2010, the Tigers are just 5-17 in Cleveland, including an 0-4 record this season. They roughed up Derek Lowe to the tune of 7 runs in 5 innings on June 7th at Comerica Park. Despite the rough outing, Lowe still has a career 2.38 ERA against the Tigers… although 20 of those 22 career starts against Detroit came before 2008. Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera, and Omar Infante are the only Tigers with more than 8 career at-bats against Lowe and all are hitting below .250 off of him.

The Indians are also running out the same lineup as last night, throwing 9 left-handed hitters at Tigers starter Max Scherzer. Lefties are hitting a robust .312/.387/.494 off of Scherzer this season and have been walking much more often than right-handed hitters as well. Combine this with Scherzer’s less-than-impressive road splits (especially in terms of strikeout-to-walk ratio) and his career 7.48 ERA at Progressive Field, and it could be a long night. That, and I’m doing the recap tonight, which hasn’t been the best of luck for the Tigers this season.

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