Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians Series Preview, TV Schedule

Tigers vs Indians Series Preview

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The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians have become pretty fierce rivals over the years and now that both teams are coming off playoff berths, it seems like this rivalry is ready to heat up even more.

Let's take a look at the preview, matchups and TV schedule for the divisional foes' first meeting of the 2014 season.

Detroit Tigers: Lineup

Miguel Cabrera
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Detroit Tigers: Lineup

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The Tigers have struggled mightily this season, scoring just 40 runs through 10 games. While it ranks just 26th in the league in runs scored, Detroit is 12th in batting average and 11th in slugging percentage. Detroit has a solid lineup that has yet to gel at the same time -- even Miguel Cabrera is struggling, hitting just .225 with one homer.

Players to watch: Rajai Davis (.345 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 SB), Ian Kinsler (.302 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI)

Cleveland Indians: Lineup

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Cleveland Indians: Lineup

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The Indians' offense has been a bit more successful than Detroit's, racking up 61 runs in 13 games. Cleveland ranks eighth in the league in runs scored as well as eighth in on-base percentage. David Murphy is leading the team production-wise with two home runs and 11 RBI while Michael Brantley leads in hitting with a .292 average.

Players to watch: David Murphy (.297 AVG, 2 HR, 11 RBI), Michael Brantley (.292 AVG, 1 HR, 10 RBI)

Detroit Tigers: Pitching

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Detroit Tigers: Pitching

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Detroit has one of the best pitching staffs in baseball -- on paper -- but a lack of run support has led to a lack of wins by some of the top-of-the-rotation guys.

Game 1 starter: Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 9 SO)

Game 2 starter: Drew Smyly (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, 6 SO)

Game 3 starter: Justin Verlander (1-1, 2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 13 SO)

Cleveland Indians: Pitching

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Cleveland Indians: Pitching

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Cleveland's pitching staff hasn't performed too well this season. Ranking in the bottom third in each major category, Terry Francona is hoping he can find some help in the rotation.

Game 1 starter: Zach McAllister (1-0, 2.31 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 11 SO)

Game 2 starter: Danny Salazar (0-1, 6.75 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, 14 SO)

Game 3 starter: Justin Masterson (0-0, 5.87 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 15 SO)

TV Schedule

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TV Schedule

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The two teams will face off for a three-game series at Comerica Park in Detroit from Tuesday-Thursday, April 15-17.

Game 1: Fox Sports Detroit(Tigers) and SportsTime Ohio(Indians) at 7:08 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 15.

Game 2: Fox Sports Detroit+(Tigers) and SportsTime Ohio(Indians) at 7:08 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 16.

Game 3: Fox Sports Detroit(Tigers) and SportsTime Ohio(Indians) at 1:08 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 17.

Predictions

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Predictions

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The two teams match up differently. The Tigers have struggled offense while the Indians have produced a decent amount. The Indians have struggled in the pitching game while the Tigers have been solid.

Series prediction: 2-1 Tigers; Detroit takes game one, Cleveland takes game two and Detroit takes the series in game three.

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