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  W: T. Bauer (5-6)   L: S. Turnbull (3-6)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, June 16, 2019
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 26,705

Indians' Bauer looks to continue resurgence against Tigers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers

  1. The Indians won two of three in Detroit in early April this season, holding the Tigers to six combined runs in the series. The Indians have held the Tigers to 2.41 runs per game since last season, lowest by any team against a divisional opponent.
  2. The Indians sit in second place in the AL Central with a 34-33 record despite having a -10 run differential. They are currently the only team with a winning record and a negative run differential.
  3. The Tigers have scored three runs or fewer in eight of their last nine games. They have scored under four runs in 40 of their 65 games this season, second most in MLB behind the Marlins (42).
  4. Carlos Santana has exactly one hit in each of his last eight games and has exactly one run in each of his last five. Since May 18, he is slashing .310/.448/.726 -- his on-base percentage and slugging percentage both rank third in MLB in that span (minimum 75 plate appearances).
  5. Through May 23, JaCoby Jones was hitting just .183 with four home runs and seven RBI. Since then, he is hitting .410 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 35 fewer games. His .410 batting average since May 24 is the best in MLB (minimum 60 plate appearances).
  6. Jose Ramirez went 0-for-7 in the series against the Reds. His slugging percentage has dropped 260 points from last season (.552 to .292), the largest decrease among batting title qualifiers. He finished 2018 with the eighth-highest slugging percentage among qualifiers; this season he ranks last.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/14/2019 thru 6/16/2019

The Detroit Tigers are having enough trouble generating runs. The last thing they need is to face Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer when he's rounding into form.

But that is the predicament confronting the Tigers heading into their weekend series finale against the visiting Indians on Sunday. Cleveland has won the first two games of the series.

The Indians' 4-2 win on Saturday was aided by Leonys Martin's steal of home, the first straight steal of home by an Indians player since Grady Sizemore did it in 2005.

Bauer had an 0-5 record and 5.52 ERA during a seven-start stretch prior to his last outing on Tuesday, in which he held Cincinnati to one run in 7 2/3 innings.

Bauer (4-6, 3.71 ERA), who is still looking for his first victory since April 30, wound up with a no-decision. The main blemish in the game was five walks.

"I mean, the results are good, obviously," Bauer told MLB.com afterward. "I don't think I was nearly as sharp (Tuesday) as I was my last outing. But I've been pitching well in my last four -- got like a 3.1 (ERA) over my last four starts."

Bauer has faced the Tigers 17 times, including 16 starts. He's 8-6 with a 5.67 ERA in those outings.

However, he won all four of his starts last season against them while posting a 1.23 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings. Detroit got a measure of revenge against Bauer on April 10 this season, however, handing him a loss while collecting four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Manager Terry Francona feels that Bauer showed better concentration and trust in his pitches during his start against the Reds.

"I thought he competed like crazy," Francona said. "Thought he shook (catcher Roberto Perez) off less than he has in the past, which I think is a good thing. ... He followed the glove a lot better than he has."

Right-hander Spencer Turnbull (3-5, 2.78) will oppose Bauer. Turnbull is also coming off a strong performance, as he held Kansas City scoreless over six innings on Tuesday. The Tigers wound up losing 3-2, though he did not receive a decision.

Turnbull made an in-game adjustment to keep the Royals off the scoreboard, using his curveball with greater frequency.

"It was the best my curveball has been in a while, for sure," Turnbull told the Detroit News. "I had been off with it a little bit, but I found it (Tuesday) and it's a good thing I did. The slider was not good early on. I found it later and threw some pretty good ones, but for the first four innings, I didn't feel like I threw a good one."

The Tigers are playing it cautious with the rookie, who has been a pleasant surprise in an otherwise drab season.

"You can see when a pitcher is laboring a little and starting to force pitches," manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters. "But we were thinking, 'Let's let him go and let's see what happens.' But when you talk about it, you don't want to see the kid get hurt or overextended. We're trying to do the right thing by this kid. We really like him."

Turnbull started once against the Indians this season and took the loss while allowing three runs on eight hits in four innings at home back on April 11.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 16, 2019

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