The Cleveland Guardians (58-63) will host the Detroit Tigers (54-66) for an exciting AL Central matchup at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Guardians are currently sitting in 2nd place in the division, while the Tigers are just behind in 3rd place. Both teams will be looking to gain ground in the highly competitive division race.
A Battle of AL Central Rivals: Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers
The starting pitchers for the game will be Tarik Skubal (2-2, 4.18 ERA) for the Tigers and Gavin Williams (1-3, 2.80 ERA) for the Guardians. Skubal is coming off a rough start against the Boston Red Sox, but he has shown great potential with an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio this season. Williams, a rookie, has been performing well in his recent outings, with a dominant strikeout performance in his last two starts.
The Guardians have a solid batting lineup led by José Ramírez. On the other hand, the Tigers will rely on their young talent, including Spencer Torkelson and Kerry Carpenter, who have been on fire recently.
The game will be played on Friday, August 18th, at 4:10 p.m. Eastern Time. Fans can catch the action on Bally Sports Detroit Fox. Make sure to tune in to witness the clash between these AL Central rivals.
Key Points to Watch:
– The Guardians have struggled against left-handed pitchers, so Tarik Skubal could pose a significant challenge for them.
– José Ramírez has had success against Skubal in the past, so keep an eye on their matchup.
– Matt Manning, the Tigers’ game two starter, will look to build on his recent sharp outing and shut down the Guardians’ offense.
– Gavin Williams, the Guardians’ rookie pitcher, has been impressive in his last two starts and will aim to continue his dominance.
– Watch out for any other exciting developments or surprises from the young talents on both teams.
– Shane Bieber (SP, Elbow, D60)
– Cal Quantrill (SP, Shoulder, D15)
– Triston McKenzie (SP, Elbow, D60)
– Cam Gallagher (C, Concussion, D7)
– David Fry (1B, Hamstring, D10)
– Josh Naylor (1B, Side, D10)
– 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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