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Game 108 Preview: Indians at Tigers

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July 30, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
July 30, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Cleveland Indians (50-57) at Detroit Tigers (57-50)

Time/Place: 1:00 p.m., Comerica Park

SB Nation Blog: Let's Go Tribe

Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network

Pitching Matchup: LHP Chris Seddon (11-5, 3.44 ERA in AAA this season) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (10-6, 4.62 ERA)

Seddon, 28, only has 39 2/3 big league innings under his belt in his career, and they haven't exactly been pretty. He has a career 7.03 ERA in his two stints with the Florida Marlins and Seattle Mariners in 2007 and 2010, respectively. His minor league career has been up and down, but he has limited his walks this season and finally earned another call-up. Unless he's made some major changes to his repertoire over the past couple years, his fastball sits in the high 80s with a slider and changeup in the low 80s.

Scherzer wasn't great in his last outing, but still finished July with a 3.62 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings. One caveat: he gave up a home run in every July start. He was very good on July 25 against the Indians -- other than the 4 walks, that is -- giving up 2 runs in 7 innings. His other start against the Tribe this season wasn't so pretty, allowing 5 earned runs in a 9-6 loss on June 6th.

Outlook

Like I said before the series, the Tigers need to sweep the Indians. Their next seven games aren't exactly a cakewalk and they don't get another day off until Thursday, August 16th. Putting the Indians away today will all but make the division a two-team race, especially if the Los Angeles Angels can help the Tigers out again today. For this individual game, the Tigers need to be patient and not allow Seddon to cruise through 6-7 innings like we've seen them do with so many soft-tossing career minor leaguers in recent years.

Prediction

Break out the brooms.

Gameday Reading:

Game 107: Tigers 6, Indians 1 - Let's Go Tribe
"If the Indians were to somehow magically acquire Jared Weaver, Felix Hernandez, David Price, and Matt Cain, and for good measure build the first time machine and use it to bring back Sandy Koufax from 1963, I have no doubt that each one of those starters would give up at least 6 runs in four or less innings."

Doug Fister Beats The Indians And The Rain - Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke
"Fister was simply brilliant, allowing only one run after a leadoff triple in the 9th inning."

Detroit Tigers' Quintin Berry relieved to still be on team after outfielder Andy Dirks' return - MLive, James Schmehl
Still no PB&J's yet for QB.