View Full Version : Indians vs Tigers IGT (7/28 - 7/31)

07-28-2008, 03:34 PM
||Indians (45-58) (http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=cle)|| vs. || Tigers (53-51) (http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=det)||

(7/28 - 7/31)

Progressive Field

Monday, July 28th, Time: 7:05 PM ET

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Paul Byrd (4-10 record, 5.28 ERA) (http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=111838) vs. Kenny Rogers (8-6 record, 4.48 ERA) (http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=121386)

Scouting Report:
Tigers: Rogers was on track to seven, maybe eight innings in his last start, against the Royals. Rain changed that. A long delay meant that Rogers had to leave after just six innings, albeit a good six. He gave up just one run and four hits. If not for Mark Grudzielanek's three hits, Rogers would've had a one-hitter. After the game, Rogers said he feels better now than he did a month or two ago. His numbers reflect that: his ERA has gone from 6.66 on May 21 to 4.48.

Indians: Byrd's fourth win was a long time coming. He was winless in six starts from June 11 to July 9, but he finally got in the win column against the Angels on July 21, allowing just one run on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Byrd ran into some trouble with baserunners but never gave up the big hit, and he had some success with his changeup against left-handed batters, who have given him fits all season. Byrd is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts against the Tigers this season.

Tuesday, July 29th, Time: 7:05 PM ET

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Matt Ginter (1-1 record, 2.45 ERA) (http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=215197) vs. Armando Galarraga (8-4 record, 3.26 ERA) (http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=451482)

Scouting Report:
Tigers: Galarraga pitched six perfect innings against Kansas City last Wednesday and still thought he had thrown better before. He talked about his 8 1/3-inning performance against Anaheim in late May as his best of the season. Maybe so, but Galarraga sure was good. He gave up just one run and three hits in seven innings, while striking out a career-high seven. It was also his first win since June 18 against San Francisco. In his last three starts, Galarraga has given up a combined seven runs.

Indians: The benefactor of Aaron Laffey's demotion to Triple-A Buffalo, Ginter will get his third start of what could be a full rest of the season with the Indians. Ginter has certainly earned his spot in the Tribe rotation, tossing 11 innings and allowing just three runs. His stuff isn't the greatest and he's not going to blow opponents away, but he's had a knack of dodging trouble, which is all Eric Wedge can ask for at this point of the season. He has been fairly successful against one of his former teams, albeit in relief appearances. Lifetime against the Tigers, the 30-year-old righty has a 1.80 ERA over 10 innings of work in five appearances.

Wednesday, July 30th, Time: 7:05 PM ET

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Cliff Lee (14-2 record, 2.29 ERA) (http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=424324) vs. Nate Robertson (6-8 record, 5.63 ERA) (http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=425146)

Scouting Report:
Tigers: Robertson exited his last start to a standing ovation from a sellout Comerica Park of 44,000-plus. He started quick, throwing just 14 pitches in the first two inning, and finished his six innings allowing three runs on five hits. He encountered a pair of jams, but each time he ended the threat by retiring American League home run leader Carlos Quentin. The left-hander departed with a 4-1 lead in the seventh after back-to-back singles, which the bullpen allowed to score. Nonetheless, Robertson rebounded nicely from a rough outing at Baltimore. He faces the Indians for the first time this season. In his career, Robertson is 2-5 with a 4.74 ERA against Cleveland.

Indians: Lee became the Majors' first 14-game winner with another outstanding effort against the Twins on Friday night. Working ahead and pounding the zone all night, he gave up just two runs on six hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts in eight innings. Lee has now won three straight starts, and he's given up two runs or less in eight of his last nine outings. He only seems to get stronger as his amazing 2008 season progresses. He gave up two runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings in a win over the Tigers on June 9.
Thursday, July 31st, Time: 12:05 PM ET

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Fausto Carmona (4-3 record, 4.33 ERA) (http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=433584) vs. Justin Verlander (8-10 record, 4.29 ERA) (http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=434378)

Scouting Report:
Tigers: Verlander had one of the shortest outings of his career his last time out. He lasted only four innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits to give him double-digit losses for the first time. It also marked the first time Verlander went just four innings since Aug. 22 against the Indians. The star righty's impressive stretch came to an end. He yielded more than three earned runs in a start for the first time since May 31. He had allowed two earned runs or fewer in his last eight starts. In his last two starts against the Tribe, Verlander has given up a combined five earned runs on seven hits.

Indians: The only thing Carmona can take away from his first start back from the disabled list was that he didn't go back on the DL. Carmona was out of control from the start and never got settled in a shellacking at the hands of the Twins on Saturday. Carmona lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs on seven hits in an atrocious welcome back to the big leagues. Luckily, Carmona will have two things working in his favor Thursday. It will be daytime and he will be facing the Tigers. Carmona is 11-4 lifetime when the lights are off and is 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA all-time against Detroit.

07-28-2008, 03:38 PM
I'm voting for the 2-2 split.

07-28-2008, 04:41 PM
The tribe will probably win with cliff lee starting but the tigers have a good shot with the other three games.

07-30-2008, 11:05 AM
I'm hoping for a 3 outa 4, but a split seems more reasonable after losing against Byrd. We made him look great, while everyone else makes him look terrible.

08-22-2008, 08:57 PM
I'm guessing split. I think both teams are very good, and I think they will shine in 2 games each. Just a guess but hey I'll go with it.