For Civale, this will be his third time facing the Detroit Tigers already this season, being 2-0 in his first two appearances against them. Civale went at least seven innings in each start, allowing three runs in the first game and just one in the second. He was also able to strikeout six in each outing.
On the year, Civale has been able to compile a 6-1 record to this point in the season with his six wins being tied atop the American League with Gerrit Cole and Yusmeiro Petit. While Civale has yet to have a shutout outing this year, he’s still been able to maintain a 3.30 ERA.
Moving to the other mound, Skubal also is atop the American League rankings for record, just in his case its for losses. With six losses so far this year, Skubal leads the AL by his lonesome, trailing just Luis Castillo and Mitch Keller for the MLB mark.
Like Civale, this will be Skubal’s second appearance this season in this series, losing both of his first two outings. His first time pitching against the Tribe this year wasn’t awful, allowing only two runs over 5.1 innings, but his second time was a bit different. Skubal exited his second start against Cleveland after just four innings, allowing six runs in the process, his worst start of the season.