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4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 18, 2019
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 15,828

Indians need wins, and Tigers prove suitable foe

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Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

  1. The Indians have won 14 straight games against the Tigers, and are 15-1 against their divisional rival this season. Cleveland's 14-game win streak against Detroit is the longest by either side of this matchup all-time, and currently the second-longest active streak by a team against a single opponent, as the Yankees have defeated the Orioles in 16 straight games.
  2. At 45-104, the Tigers are in danger of posting the worst record in MLB this season. This would be the seventh season in the expansion era (since 1961) in which Detroit had the worst record in the majors; currently Detroit is tied with the Mets (6) for most seasons with the worst record in MLB over that time.
  3. Cleveland trails Tampa Bay by a game and a half for the Second AL Wild Card spot. Based on current records, Cleveland has the sixth-easiest remaining schedule in the majors (.450), while Tampa Bay has the eighth-most difficult remaining schedule (.535).
  4. Detroit is the only team in MLB without a player with 20+ home runs, as Brandon Dixon leads the team with 15. Miguel Cabrera leads the team with 55 RBI this season, the fewest by any team leader in MLB.
  5. Roberto Perez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning of Cleveland's 7-5 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Of Perez's 23 home runs this season, 14 have come in the sixth inning or later.
  6. Carlos Santana has drawn 939 walks in his career, the 11th most all-time within a player's first 10 seasons in the majors. The only switch-hitter with more walks through 10 MLB seasons is Mickey Mantle (1003).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2019 thru 9/19/2019

The Cleveland Indians are in jeopardy of seeing their string of American League Central titles come to a halt this season, but likely not if they played more games against the Detroit Tigers this season.

The Indians (88-63) aim to defeat the Tigers (45-105) for the 16th straight time and 17th time in 18 meetings this season on Wednesday when the division rivals play the second contest of their three-game series in Cleveland.

The Indians' 16 wins against Detroit are the most by the club against one team since Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 17 times in 2013.

"I didn't know we'd beaten them 15 straight times, so I never even thought about it," right-hander Adam Plutko said following the Indians' 7-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.

"The bottom line is we need to play our best brand of baseball no matter who our opponent is. No matter if it's a winning team or a losing team. ... If we play like we did (Tuesday), I think we're going to have a really good chance."

Entering play Wednesday, Cleveland is five games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota, and the Twins hold a magic number of seven to clinch the division.

The Indians also find themselves just one-half game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild-card spot.

Rookie Oscar Mercado continued his torrid play at the plate, belting a solo homer and a double on Tuesday. The 24-year-old has multi-hit performances in four consecutive contests and five of his last six. He also has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .400 (20-for-50) over his past 12 outings.

"It's incredible, knowing that you get to show up and play important games every single day. It's something we're all really excited about," Mercado said. "It's playoff-like intensity every single game, and we're excited for these next 11 games."

Mercado is 5-for-11 with a double and six RBIs versus Detroit's scheduled starter for Wednesday, Spencer Turnbull (3-15, 4.77 ERA), who will look to exact a measure of revenge against the team responsible for one-third of his majors-high loss total this season. The 26-year-old right-hander owns is 0-5 with a 6.48 ERA versus the Indians.

Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale (3-3, 1.93 ERA) will get the nod on Wednesday after making a rain-shortened start in his last trip to the mound.

Civale improved to 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Detroit this season after allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings of a 4-2 win on Aug. 28.

The 24-year-old has limited the Tigers to a .190 batting average, although Dawel Lugo is the lone member of the team to homer against him.

Lugo also went deep on Tuesday and has hit safely in 18 of his last 23 contests, while Grayson Greiner recorded his fifth multi-hit performance in 10 games since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

"I feel much more confident and in a better place mentally than three months ago," said Greiner, who is 15-for-36 (.417) with five runs in his past 10 contests. "Sometimes God blesses you with obstacles you don't really expect or understand."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 18, 2019

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