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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 20, 2014

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Game Preview: Cleveland (80-80) vs. Detroit (93-67)

By Matt Van Wormer

The Indians did not get the outing they had hoped for from Ubaldo Jimenez as he struggled mightily and ended up giving up six runs on nine hits in just five innings of work.  Short time members of the Bullpen Mafia, Corey Kluber and Josh Judy, both struggled as well, giving up four runs each.
 
The Tigers, on the other hand, got exactly what they needed from Doug Fister.  It was a dominate outing which kept the Indians off balance, off the base paths and off the scoreboard.  Fister threw eight innings of three hit, shut out baseball and struck out nine Indians hitters, walking none in the process.
 
Tonight, Jeanmar Gomez (5-2, 3.52, 1.42 WHIP) gets his last chance to prove he belongs in the rotation for 2012.  After starting his time with the Tribe this year at 0-2, Gomez will be looking for his sixth win in as many starts.  In his last five starts, Gomez has given up just six earned runs but hasn’t pitched more than 6.2 innings.  He will have to show he can get deeper into the game tonight.
 
For the Tigers, Max Scherzer (14-9, 4.37, 1.34 WHIP) will look to join Justin Verlander in the 15 win club for Detroit.  Scherzer’s last win came in his first start of the month, when he was gift wrapped 18 runs by his offense as the Tigers took down the White Sox.
 
By winning last night, the Tigers were able to keep pace with the Texas Rangers in the battle for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.  The Indians can spoil that dream for Detroit by taking tonight’s game from them.  A win for the Tribe would also guarantee the .500 mark as well as sole possession of second place in the division.  Things get underway tonight at 7:05. 
 
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup:
4. Jim Thome, DH
 
Detroit Tigers Starting Lineup:
 
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