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4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 17, 2019
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 19,108

Indians seek 15th straight win over Tigers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

  1. The Indians have won 14 straight games against the Tigers, and are 15-1 against their divisional rival this season. Cleveland's 14-game win streak against Detroit is the longest by either side of this matchup all-time, and currently the second-longest active streak by a team against a single opponent, as the Yankees have defeated the Orioles in 16 straight games.
  2. At 45-104, the Tigers are in danger of posting the worst record in MLB this season. This would be the seventh season in the expansion era (since 1961) in which Detroit had the worst record in the majors; currently Detroit is tied with the Mets (6) for most seasons with the worst record in MLB over that time.
  3. Cleveland trails Tampa Bay by a game and a half for the Second AL Wild Card spot. Based on current records, Cleveland has the sixth-easiest remaining schedule in the majors (.450), while Tampa Bay has the eighth-most difficult remaining schedule (.535).
  4. Detroit is the only team in MLB without a player with 20+ home runs, as Brandon Dixon leads the team with 15. Miguel Cabrera leads the team with 55 RBI this season, the fewest by any team leader in MLB.
  5. Roberto Perez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning of Cleveland's 7-5 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Of Perez's 23 home runs this season, 14 have come in the sixth inning or later.
  6. Carlos Santana has drawn 939 walks in his career, the 11th most all-time within a player's first 10 seasons in the majors. The only switch-hitter with more walks through 10 MLB seasons is Mickey Mantle (1003).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2019 thru 9/19/2019

The Indians have manhandled the Detroit Tigers this season, a trend Cleveland would like to see continue if it hopes to punch its ticket to the postseason in two weeks.

The Indians (87-63) aim to topple the Tigers (45-104) for the 15th straight time and 16th in 17 meetings this season on Tuesday when the American League Central rivals open a three-game series in Cleveland.

While the Indians' bid for a fourth consecutive division title took a hit after they dropped two of three to the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins over the weekend, Cleveland manager Terry Francona wants to see his charges put their best foot forward in their last dozen games.

"I'd like to see them have a good off day (Monday) because they deserve it," Francona said after Cleveland posted a 7-5 win over the Twins on Sunday. "And then we'll see if we can beat Detroit on Tuesday. That's the best way to go about it. In the meantime, we'll hope some teams lose, but I haven't figured out how to control that yet."

Cleveland resides five games behind Minnesota (92-58) after the Twins' 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday. The Indians are 1 1/2 behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL wild-card spot.

Indians catcher Roberto Perez belted a go-ahead, three-run homer on Sunday and finished the contest with his fifth multi-hit performance in his past 10 games. He is batting .406 (13-for-32) with two home runs and eight RBIs over that stretch.

"I'm glad the way my season is going well, but I just want to make the playoffs," Perez said. "You work for that. ... Just got to continue to come to the ballpark ready to play every day. Twelve games left. See if we make the playoffs."

Indians rookie outfielder Oscar Mercado has four multi-hit performances in his past five games and six in his past 11, batting .400 (18-for-45) with seven runs scored over the longer stretch. He is batting .320 (16-for-50) against Detroit this season.

Cleveland right-hander Adam Plutko (6-4, 4.42 ERA) will get the nod on Tuesday as he bids for his first win since Aug. 27, when he allowed one run on three hits and struck out a career-high nine in 5 2/3 innings of a 10-1 victory at Detroit.

The 27-year-old sports a 3-0 record with a 4.33 ERA in seven career appearances (four starts) versus the Tigers.

While the Indians are entertaining thoughts of the postseason, those aspirations were squashed long ago in Detroit.

The Tigers posted a 5-2 win on Monday to split a four-game series with the visiting Baltimore Orioles in a battle of baseball's two worst teams.

Detroit leadoff man Victor Reyes had a two-run double among his two hits in the contest to improve to 50-for-145 (.345) with 16 extra-base hits since Aug. 8.

"He's been playing great baseball, defensively and offensively, and another big day today swinging it," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Gardenhire also said that Tuesday's scheduled starter, left-hander Matthew Boyd, will miss the series due to a "family emergency." Gardenhire said a replacement had yet to be determined.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 16, 2019

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