Rick Porcello is struggling this season. He is now 4-6 as his team dropped another game to the Tampa Bay Rays. Porcello has lost his last three starts and the Tigers have lost 6 out of their last 10 games. Detroit is now in a tie for 1st place in the A.L. Central with the Indians.

Detroit will travel to Cleveland to play a 4 game series against Cleveland later this week. They better be playing better baseball than they were playing in the month of June of they expect to come away from the Cleveland series still holding onto first place.

The Tigers have had the Indians number this season. That was before Cleveland found a way to start winning more tough games against tougher teams. The Tigers are going to have their hands full when they get to Progressive field and the Tigers pitching staff has to be on its toes.

Cleveland has an offense that can take advantage of any weaknesses they see with pitching. The Tigers will probably throw their best guys at the Indians and they will view this like a play-off despite what Leyland says.

The Tigers want to come away from Cleveland with a lead in the A.L. Central and if they are going to give themselves a shot at winning their overpriced offense has to get going to produce some runs.

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