Indians at Tigers
The Detroit Tigers have been producing big numbers without some of their best hitters in the lineup lately and hope to stay hot while completing a three-game sweep of the visiting Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon. Two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera (hamstring) remains on the disabled list for the Tigers, who have won three in a row after rallying from an early four-run deficit for the 9-8 win Tuesday.
Jeimer Candelario (wrist) and Leonys Martin (hamstring) are also on the DL, while right fielder Nicholas Castellanos homered Tuesday after missing two games with a finger injury for Detroit, which has scored 46 runs over the last eight contests. The Tigers are expected to send rookie Ryan Carpenter to the mound in the series finale against Trevor Bauer, who beat Detroit earlier in the season with seven innings of two-run ball on April 12. The Indians lost for the seventh time in 10 games Tuesday after taking a 5-1 lead early on with the help of a grand slam by Brandon Guyer, but their struggling bullpen gave up five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Cleveland’s All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor saw his career-best 15-game hitting streak come to an end in the loss, going 0-for-1 with four walks, but Jose Ramirez had three hits and knocked in his 13th run in 11 games.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), FS Detroit
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Trevor Bauer (2-3, 3.00 ERA) vs. LH Ryan Carpenter (0-0, 7.36)
Bauer makes his fourth try at a 50th career victory after allowing a season-high five runs (four earned) and 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Kansas City on Friday. The 27-year-old UCLA product registered six straight quality starts before his last outing, giving up two earned runs or fewer five times during that stretch. Jose Iglesias is 5-for-11 with a double versus Bauer, who is 5-5 with a 7.26 ERA in 13 career appearances (12 starts) against Detroit.
Carpenter is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to make his second major-league start and first since April 1. The 27-year-old Gonzaga product gave up three runs on five hits (two homers) and three walks over three innings in his big-league debut April 1 versus Pittsburgh before getting two outs in relief against Seattle on May 12 without allowing a hit. Carpenter is 1-3 with a 5.01 ERA in seven starts for Toledo with 42 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings.
1. The Indians placed CF Bradley Zimmer (chest) on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday and recalled RHP Neil Ramirez.
2. Detroit 2B Dixon Machado is 8-for-22 during a six-game hitting streak to raise his average from .200 to .225.
3. Cleveland 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion’s status is uncertain for the series finale after sitting out Tuesday’s game with neck and back stiffness.