The Tigers-Indians game Thursday was postponed, and will be played Monday only if it has postseason implications.
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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Uh-oh. Tigers-Indians game rained out. Could create a huge mess if Detroit is within a half-game of a wild card spot Sunday night. Makeup date Monday? Tiebreaker Tuesday?Wild Card gm Wednesday? Hoo boy
Thursday's game between the Tigers and Indians has been postponed because of bad weather, a move that could force the teams to squeeze in a makeup game next week if it needs to be played.
William Weinbaum ESPN
With Outside the Lines planning to air at 1 p.m. today on ESPN (likely switch from ESPN2 because of rain at MLB game between Cleveland & Detroit) our report on the 1993 boating accident that took the lives of Indians pitchers Tim Crews and Steve Olin, we remember their families. Their widows, Patti Olin and Laurie Crews, each raised three children whose fathers had died. Laurie said today, "Patti and I both made it through because of our kids." The Olins and Crewses have had to relive tragic memories since Jose Fernandez died on Sunday and both expressed their condolences and sorrow for the Fernandez family.
Cleveland has had the upper hand against Detroit's best pitchers this season and has kept Miguel Cabrera in check. Here are the numbers.
Lineup: Indians (91-67) at Tigers (85-73)
- 1. Rajai Davis, CF (R)
- 2. Jose Ramirez, 3B (S)
- 3. Francisco Lindor, SS (S)
- 4. Mike Napoli, DH (R)
- 5. Brandon Guyer, LF (R)
- 6. Abraham Almonte, RF (S)
- 7. Jesus Aguilar, 1B (R)
- 8. Chris Gimenez, C (R)
- 9. Michael Martinez, 2B (S)
- SP: Ryan Merritt, LHP
Miggy in elite company vs. Indians
Miguel Cabrera is batting .350 with 42 home runs in his career against Cleveland. Only three other players have sported a batting average of .320 or higher with at least 40 homers vs. the Indians, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
- Babe Ruth - .354, 92 home runs
- Ted Williams - .323, 79 home runs
- Lou Gehrig - .321, 73 home runs
Game-tying singles. Walk-off hits. Go-ahead homers. In 2016, when Cleveland has needed a big hit in a clutch situation, third baseman Jose Ramirez has provided it.
Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth, moments before the game was halted for good, and the Tigers came away with a rain-shortened 6-3 victory over Cleveland.
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona expressed optimism Wednesday that Corey Kluber would be available to pitch in the American League Division Series.
'I don't know how Willie did it, but he's been doing it all year.'
Indians president Chris Antonetti talks to Buster Olney about the health of Corey Kluber, how the club has dealt with adversity, Terry Francona's impact and much more.
Cleveland ace Corey Kluber had an MRI on Tuesday in Cleveland that confirmed he has a mild quadriceps strain.
Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in five runs and Justin Verlander struck out 12 to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 12-0 victory against a Cleveland lineup full of backups.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
Justin Verlander is chewing up an Indians lineup of mostly reserve players, as Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall all got the night off. He has 11 K's with one out in the eighth, matching his season high.
The Golden Boyz opened the show discussing the 2016 American League Central Division champion Cleveland Indians and how far they can go in the playoffs.
Which Indians have mastered spin rate?
Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Cody Allen is among pitchers with the highest spin rate on four-seam fastballs. Why spin rate matters (Insider)
Even with injuries and individual player slumps, Indians TV broadcaster Rick Manning feels the team is set up well for the playoffs. He also previews Cleveland's rotation.
How will Indians fare in postseason?
In the other years that the Indians have won the AL Central, they've made it past the ALDS four of seven times and to the World Series twice. They didn't win either time, however.
Versatile Miller records rare feat
Andrew Miller, who has saved 12 games this season, improved his record to 10-1 by picking up the win as a setup man on Monday. He's the the first pitcher in 10 years with at least 10 wins and 10 saves in the same season, per the Elias Sports Bureau. The last to do it was Francisco Cordero in 2006.
Indians @ Royals
Kauffman Stadium - Fri 9/30