Indians Game Information: April 16 vs. Detroit
CLEVELAND INDIANS (6-7) at DETROIT TIGERS (6-4)
RHP Zach McAllister (1-0, 2.31) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 3.00)
Game #14/Road #8 » Wed., April 16, 2014 » Comerica Park » 7:08 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WMMS/IRN
IT’S SO COLD IN THE D
» The Indians and Tigers had their series opener postponed by inclement weather on Tuesday night, as low temperatures and periodic snow showers continued the Midwest’s storied history of stimulating tourism in April…Cleveland held a light team workout at Comerica Park following the announcement.
» For Cleveland, it marked the third straight week for a game to be postponed due to weather, as rain wiped out scheduled tilts on April 1 at Oakland and April 7 in Cleveland (vs. San Diego) resulting in doubleheaders against the Athletics and Padres…no makeup date has been announced, but another twin bill is expected.
WINS & LOSSES
» With a shot at salvaging a 4-game series split, the Indians dropped Sunday’s finale in a 4-3 walk-off loss to the White Sox in Chicago…the Tribe rallied for 2 runs in the top of the 9th to erase a 2-1 deficit only to see ALEXEI RAMIREZ answer with a game-ending 2-run HR off closer JOHN AXFORD in the bottom half of the frame.
» BEAUTIFUL LOSER: The 2-run shot by Ramirez on Sunday marked the first blown save for Cleveland this year and just the 2nd walk-off HR allowed by Axford in his career, the other hit by the Reds’ Ramon Hernandez on March 31, 2011 at Cincinnati on Opening Day (1-0 loss).
» After 10 consecutive game dates with a pair of doubleheaders mixed in, Monday in Detroit marked Cleveland’s first scheduled off day since April 3 in Cleveland, although the team charter did not return from Oakland until shortly after 8AM that morning.
» Cleveland is 1-3 on this weather-shortened 8-day, 6-game road trip through Chicago-AL (1-3) and Detroit (now 2 games)…club is coming off a 6-day, 6-game homestand that saw the Tribe go 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.
» Tribe is 3-4 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone 3-2 in night games, but 3-5 during the day.
» With Sunday’s loss, the Indians fell to 0-2 in one-run decisions this season…Cleveland finished with MLB’s 2nd-highest winning pct. in one-run games in each of the previous two seasons, going 24-12 in 2012 (trailing BAL at 29-9) and 30-17 in 2013 (trailing NYY at 30-16).
» Cleveland is 4-2 this season in games decided by one-or-two runs…club’s 2-1 loss on April 9 vs. San Diego (G2) snapped a streak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided by one-or-two runs dating back to 2013; had been longest such streak for Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS).
A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS
» Cleveland is tied for 3rd place in the A.L. Central standings with Minnesota, but trails Chicago & Detroit – both tied for first – by just 1.5 games, as the entire division is separated by only 2.0 games (Kansas City in 5th at 5-7)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 9 days in 2nd place, 3 days in 3rd place & 2 days in 4th
» The Indians are 2-5 against A.L. Central opponents (went 44-32 in 2013), but 4-2 outside the division.
» After dropping 3 of 4 to the White Sox in Chicago over the weekend, the Indians are now 2-2-0 in 4 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road)…Cleveland is 3-1 in series openers, as the club won its first 3 lid-lifters of the season before falling to the Sox on Thursday…Tribe went 0-6 in series openers vs. Detroit last season.
KICK OUT THE JAMS
» Cleveland went 4-15 against Detroit in 2013, going 3-6 here at Comerica Park and 1-9 at Progressive Field…the 15 losses were club’s most vs. Detroit since 1960 (7-15) and T3rd-most in franchise history behind 1946 (5-17) & 1934 (6-16)…the Indians held a lead at some point in 9 of the 15 defeats and had two separate 7-game losing streaks (7 games decided by two runs-or-less).
» In those 19 games, Cleveland’s offense hit just .223 with 16 HR, a .647 OPS (.286OBP/.361SLG) and 3.7 RPG…pitching staff had a 5.89 ERA and .301 avg. against with 22 HR.
» The Indians won the first 3-game series (2-1) at Comerica Park, but lost 5 of the last 6 games in Detroit…club’s last winning season here in Motown came back in 2008 (5-4), as the Tribe is 11-34 at this ballpark since then (2009-present).
» DH JASON GIAMBI (15-day DL, fractured rib) began a rehab assignment over the weekend and appeared in a pair of games at DH for Double-A Akron on Friday & Sunday (0-6, BB)…he was slated to start again today for the RubberDucks vs. Trenton.