Detroit Tigers (7-3) vs. Cleveland Indians (4-7)
First Pitch: 4:10 EST
Stadium: Progressive Field, Cleveland
Weather: High 76 degrees, 20% chance of rain according to weather.com
Media: Fox Sports Detroit / FS1 / 97.1 The Ticket
- Ian Kinsler (2B)
- Nicholas Castellanos (3B)
- Miguel Cabrera (1B)
- Victor Martinez (DH)
- Justin Upton (LF)
- Tyler Collins (RF)
- James McCann (C)
- Andrew Romine (CF)
- Jose Iglesias (SS)
Justin Verlander (2-0, 1.35 ERA) vs. Corey Kluber (0-1, 5.25 ERA)
What to Watch For:
The Detroit Tigers ace, Justin Verlander, is seeking his 21st start in a row of giving up 3 or less earned runs. Sound familiar? That’s because just last night Daniel Norris accomplished the exact same thing. Verlander has been lights out for the start of the season and after a disastrous performance by the bullpen, the Tigers really need him to chew up some innings.
The Tigers also have homered in 10 straight games to start a season. That ties them with the San Francisco Giants for most home runs to start a season, it will be interesting, and quite impressive, if they can make that number 11.
Lastly, on this day back in 1947, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball. Every player around the league on this day will wear the number 42 in his honor. A special day around baseball, started in 2004, honoring a man who was courageous, talented, and heroic. A true inspiration for each and every fan of our great game.
Jackie Robinson leaving Ebbets Field after playing opening day with the Brooklyn #Dodgers on April 15, 1947. #JackieRobinsonDay pic.twitter.com/KNVmdiV2L9
— MLBcathedrals (@MLBcathedrals) April 15, 2017
The Tigers last night jumped out to a 4-0 lead against the Indians on a Miguel Cabrera opposite field home run. In the sixth inning, Alex Avila went deep driving in two more runs, seemingly putting the game out of reach. However, the bullpen was summoned and the lead was nearly given away. Yet, the Tigers were able to escape with a 7-6 victory, putting them at 7-3 through the first 10 games, and in first place in the division.
Before You Watch:
Section 313 – Seat No. 3: There’s a lot to love about this Tigers team
VIDEO: Tigers pay tribute to Mike Ilitch before home opener