After losing 3-2 on Opening Day to the Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Baseball Club is looking to even the series.
Opening Day did not go well for the Cleveland Baseball Club, even leading to an epic moment from Bruce Drennan following the game. Cleveland has a chance to even the series Saturday 1:10 at Comerica Park.
Zach Plesac gets the ball in Game 2 and he has shown the ability to limit the Tigers in the past. Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones is the only Detroit batter to take him deep, managing 2 hits in their 3 matchups. Victor Reyes is 2-4 off of Pleasc, but this is an incredibly small sample size. Nomar Mazara is the only player to face him more than 10 times and is 2-11 in his career. Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, and Niko Goodrum are a combined 3-21 with 9 strikeouts against Plesac.
The biggest issue for Cleveland in the opener was the inability to string enough hits together. There are few batters in the Cleveland lineup who has shown the ability to fair well against Tigers starter Julio Teheran. Amed Rosario is 5-22 with 2 doubles and 2 triples while walking twice and striking out 7 times. All three of Franmil Reyes’ hits off of Teheran have gone for extra-bases, 2 home runs and 1 double. Cesar Hernandez also has his fair share of extra-base hits off of Teheran, with 4 home runs and 2 doubles in in 42 at-bats.
With a win on Saturday things would be looking much better for Cleveland. The last thing anyone needs is more angry calls to the aforementioned Bruce Drennan. But then again…