Back in Detroit, Carrasco tries to keep Tribe rolling
Carlos Carrasco has had a bit of a rough time since returning from a hamstring injury, going 0-2 with a 3.96 ERA in four June starts. He returns to the site of his injury Saturday as the Indians face Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers in Detroit.
Carrasco (2-2, 3.26 ERA) went on the disabled list after straining his hamstring during a start at Comerica Park on April 24. He left that game after 2 2/3 innings with just one hit allowed. He said he has thought a lot about that injury since it happened and hopes that his start Saturday will be much different.
Carrasco will have to face a powerful Tigers lineup that has scored 26 runs in the last five games, but he takes a different approach than perhaps most pitchers do. He can't wait to do it.
"I don't know about all pitchers, but for me, it's different because I just think, 'OK, those guys are really hot right now, let's do this. Let's pitch,'" the righty said. "But what I think is more important is, 'How do I attack those hitters? What are they looking for? What is their pitch?' I think for tomorrow, I just need to see what they do on every pitch, and what they're going to do, because they've been playing really hard."
On the other side, Sanchez (4-7, 5.97) will look to solidify a spot in the Tigers' rotation. Sanchez was briefly moved to the Detroit bullpen to work on his mechanics after going 0-4 in May. He made six appearances in June, posting a 1.86 ERA in June, including four scoreless appearances in relief.
"I feel really good," Sanchez said. "I think everything is back. The important thing is I can throw whatever I want to do from the mound."
Things to know about this game
• The first-place Indians are 7-0 against the Tigers this season, part of their 22-10 mark against American League Central opponents.
• Detroit is 16-5 at home since May 16. Miguel Cabrera has 13 extra-base hits, including seven home runs during that span.
• Carrasco has faced the Tigers 16 times in his career and owns a 4-6 record against them. He has made 11 starts against Detroit, going 3-5 with an 8.00 ERA. He is 1-3 with a 10.59 ERA in four starts at Comerica Park.