GAME NIGHT: Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers
When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, May 20, 2022
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
The Cleveland Guardians are holding their combined breath as the Detroit Tigers arrive in town for the three-game series starting Friday.
All-star third baseman Jose Ramirez could be forced to the sidelines after a foul from his right shin pitch in Thursday’s game. He stayed in the game and drove from singles to right at bat after his 34th RBI (second-most in the American League) of the season. Ramirez was replaced by Arnie Clement after being stopped at first base.
“She’s in a lot of pain,” said Cleveland manager Terry Francona. “It hit the top of the pad (his leg), just below his knee. He’ll do some X-rays.”
Ramirez has batted 22 homers, 32 doubles and 84 RBIs in 110 career matches against the Tigers.
Cleveland’s right-handed Aaron Civale is one of the biggest disappointments of the 2022 season for parents. He will mound on Friday, starting six in check-in with a 1-3 record and a swollen 9.85 ERA.
Seville, 26, was one of the parents’ best pitchers last year when he set a 12-5 record with a 3.84 ERA at the start of the 21st.
Cleveland pitching coach Carl Willis said he believes the 6-2, 215-pounder has started to turn the corner.
“He’s going to fight,” Willis said of Civil. “He doesn’t. He’s competing.”
Perhaps the Tigers are a welcome sight for the Civic. He started seven careers against Detroit 6-0 with a 2.19 ERA. He allowed 12 runs and 36 batters in 49 1/3 innings.
The Tigers will face left-arm left-hander Tariq Schubal (3-2, 2.50), who has never lost to the Guardians. He is 0-2 with a 5.94 ERA at the start of four careers against Cleveland, 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA at two starts at Progressive Field.
The way the parents are swinging the bat doesn’t matter who is playing now. Cleveland have lost five of their last six matches. In a two-game sweep loss against Cincinnati, the Guardians managed just eight hits and six runs.
The Tigers have won four of their last six matches. They will face the Guardians for the first time this season.
Cleveland has been one of the Tigers’ most annoying enemies over the past several seasons. At the start of 2016, Detroit went just 27-77 against the Guardians with a 12-38 record. The Tigers posted a record of 7-12 against Cleveland last season, marking their best winning percentage (.368) in the season series since going 11-7 in 2015.
Detroit-nominated hitter Miguel Cabrera had a hit at Tampa Bay on Monday and now has 3,021 in his career, surpassing Rafael Palmeiro for the only right to 29th place in major league history. He tied the Hall of Famer Lou Brock (3,023) for the 28th time with two hits shy.
Cabrera scored his third home run and 505th of his career against Baltimore on Sunday, breaking the tie with former Cleveland star Eddie Murray, the 27th in MLB history. He recorded the 602nd double of his career on Friday vs. Baltimore, surpassing Barry Bonds at 17th on the all-time list.
Stats and Records
|8/15/21||CLE 11||DET 0||.036||0||.071||.341||1||.937|