The first game of the series will pit Sam Hentges against the Detroit Tigers for the first time in professional career as well as being just his third career start. So far this season, Hentges has yet to pitch a full five innings or more and his pitch count hasn’t gone beyond 85 in a game. He will also be looking to bounce back after allowing six runs over just 1.2 innings in his last outing that came against the Los Angeles Angels.
As for the Detroit Tigers, they’ll be tossing Spencer Turnbull who will be making his first start since throwing his no-hitter. Turnbull has been pitching well of late, allowing just one run over his last two starts, but he hasn’t always pitched well against Cleveland being 0-6 over eight career starts against the Tribe.
This series could also present the opportunity for multiple players to find their stride again in the lineup, one being Jose Ramirez. Ramirez has a career slash line of .329/.411/.610 against the Tigers with 19 home runs and 74 RBI, which rank second and first, respectively, for his career numbers against each individual team. Seven of his 24 career triples have also come against Detroit.