The Cleveland Guardians will host the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field in a highly anticipated matchup between division rivals. Both teams are looking to gain ground in the American League Central standings and secure a spot in the playoffs.
Tigers vs Guardians: Central Division Showdown
The Guardians (58-63) currently sit in second place in the division, trailing the division-leading Chicago White Sox. Their offense has been led by first baseman Josh Naylor, who boasts an impressive batting average of .306. Third baseman José Ramírez has also been a consistent contributor with a batting average of .286. On the mound, starter Xzavion Curry brings a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 3.39.
The Tigers (54-66) are just behind the Guardians in the division standings. They have been buoyed by the power hitting of Spencer Torkelson and Kerry Carpenter, who combined for four home runs in their recent victory over the Minnesota Twins. Starter Tarik Skubal will take the mound for the Tigers, with a record of 2-2 and an ERA of 4.18.
The game is scheduled for Thursday, August 17th at 7:15 PM Eastern Time. It will be broadcast on FOX.
Key Matchup to Watch Out For
– Spencer Torkelson and Kerry Carpenter: The power-hitting duo has been on fire recently, providing a significant boost to the Tigers’ offense. Keep an eye out for their home run power and ability to drive in runs.
Detroit Tigers: Casey Mize (SP, Elbow, D60), Mason Englert (RP, Hip, D15), Austin Meadows (LF, Anxiety, D60), Tyler Alexander (RP, Shoulder, D60), Freddy Pacheco (SP, Elbow, D60), Spencer Turnbull (SP, Neck, D60), Matthew Boyd (SP, Elbow, D60)
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