Sunday, June 26, 2016

Can Verlander, Tigers stop Tomlin, Indians?

As the Indians aim to sweep the Tigers and improve to 9-0 on the season against their American League Central rivals on Sunday, Josh Tomlin looks to beat Detroit for the third time this year while Justin Verlander looks to avoid a third loss to Cleveland. The two will square off at Comerica Park, where the Tribe goes for its ninth straight win.
Both starters have posted sub-3.00 ERAs in June. Verlander (7-5, 3.78) is 3-0 this month, while Tomlin (8-1, 3.32) is 1-0 with three no-decisions.
In his two wins against the Tigers this season, Tomlin has posted a 2.13 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
Verlander, on the other hand, has a 6.75 ERA and a WHIP of 1.42 in his two losses against the Indians this season.
Things to know about this game
• The Tigers were 16-4 in their last 20 home games before beginning this three-game series with the Indians.
• Cleveland's last single-season winning streak of more than seven games against Detroit came in 1996, when the Tribe finished a perfect 12-0 against its division rivals.
• The Indians' schedule during this 10-game road trip goes through Detroit, Toronto and Atlanta, the same path that the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers took through the Eastern Conference playoffs en route to the city's first championship since 1964.

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