How Was The Game? (September 14, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

A decisive sweep.

Tigers 6, Indians 4

This may be the new normal for Justin Verlander (30 GS, 190.2 IP, 4.81 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 2.8 fWAR), but you’ll take it given what we saw earlier in the year. It wasn’t his best stuff but he worked through the first five innings allowing just one run and then the bullpen surrendered two more of his runners in the 6th. All in all, it wasn’t ace level stuff, but it was workable. The Tigers trailed 3-1 when JD Martinez drove in Cabrera in the 6th and then Kinsler crushed a two run bomb in the 7th to take the lead 4-3. They added two extra runs during a mess of an inning for the Indians in the 8th that featured some very wild pitches. Nathan came on for the 9th and Nathan’d all over the place. He allowed the first three men to reach base and the induced a double play and a popup to escape. The sweep sets up a great chance to add some distance in the division race with Max Scherzer (30 GS, 200.1 IP, 3.19 ERA, 2.84 FIP, 5.1 fWAR) going Monday.

The Moment: Kinsler knocks a go-ahead home run in the 7th.

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