The Cleveland Indians look to continue the longest winning streak in baseball since 2002 when they go for No. 19 in a row against the visiting Detroit Tigers on Monday in the opener of their three-game series. Francisco Lindor remained hot with a double and a homer as the Indians topped Baltimore 3-2 on Sunday to move within two victories of equaling Oakland’s 20-game run of 15 years ago and three away from matching the 1935 Chicago Cubs’ major league-record 21-game streak.
Lindor is 8-for-17 with a pair of doubles, a triple and three homers over the last four games of the streak while Carlos Santana has recorded five multi-hit performances in his last seven contests for Cleveland, which has outscored its opponents 121-32 during the magical run. Carlos Carrasco goes after his career-best 15th victory when he takes the mound for the Indians on Monday, while Detroit counters with rookie Myles Jaye. The Tigers have dropped eight of their 10 contests this month, including a pair at Toronto over the weekend, and already has lost the season series to Cleveland, going 6-10 with former MVP Miguel Cabrera hitting only .191 with three homers and nine RBIs. Nicholas Castellanos has hit safely in seven straight games, going 11-for-27 with a pair of homers and nine RBIs for Detroit.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Myles Jaye (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Indians RH Carlos Carrasco (14-6, 3.53)
Jaye makes his first major-league start after two scoreless relief appearances, including 3 1/3 innings of two-hit ball against the Indians on Sept. 2. The 25-year-old Georgian issued two walks and has not struck out a batter in 5 2/3 overall frames with the Tigers while surrendering three hits. Jaye is 4-13 (3-6 at Triple-A Toledo) with a 3.96 ERA in 25 starts at two levels of the minor leagues this year, serving up just 11 homers in 131 2/3 innings.
Carrasco has been outstanding in his last three starts, permitting a total of just two runs over 23 innings with 25 strikeouts and zero walks. The 30-year-old Venezuelan needs eight strikeouts for his second season with at least 200 and can earn his fifth victory in six decisions. Cabrera is 12-for-46 with a double and a homer versus Carrasco, who is 9-7 lifetime against the Tigers and 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in five starts this year.
1. Detroit SS Jose Iglesias, who was re-instated from the paternity list on Saturday, has not been able to join the team as he is stuck in Miami due to Hurricane Irma.
2. Indians CF Bradley Zimmer suffered a broken bone in his left hand Sunday and will be re-evaluated on Monday.
3. Tigers OF Tyler Collins, who batted .200 in 40 games earlier in the season before being sent to the minors, is expected to be added to the roster for the series opener.
PREDICTION: Indians 6, Tigers 2