Justin Verlander has thrown six consecutive quality starts for the Detroit Tigers this year. He may have earned one in all seven starts so far this year if it weren’t for being pulled after five innings on opening day against the Minnesota Twins.
Verlander will get the start for the Tigers against the Cleveland Indians Saturday looking to continue his dominance against the Tribe.
Over the past four seasons, he has posted a 2.80 ERA against the Indians. They are hitting just under .200 against him in that span, which is the lowest of any of the teams in the AL Central against the Tigers’ ace. Verlander averages over eights strikeouts and just over two walks per start against them in that span.
Verlander also has three complete games against the Indians. Needless to say, he likes playing against Cleveland.
Verlander will go up against Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been a bit of a disappointment since coming over from the Colorado Rockies at the 2011 trade dealine. Jiminez has had trouble keeping the ball in the park, allowing five home runs in as many starts this season. Verlander, in comparison, has allowed one.
Jiminez has a high ceiling for someone making $2.5 million per year. His no-hitter for the Rockies in 2010 showed that he has the ability to dominate throughout a whole game. Jiminez has been much better away from Progressive Field this year, where he has posted a 12.34 ERA this season. Lefties have done most of the damage against him this year, while right-handers are hitting just .167 off Jiminez.