Josh Tomlin still sports an 11-4 record, but has been showing some signs of perhaps breaking down as of late. Tomlin will need to be at his best on Tuesday when he faces American League All-Star Game starter Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels in the middle game of this three-game set that concludes tomorrow at 12:05.
Weaver (13-4, 1.81 ERA) has not given up more than two earned runs in a game since June 8, and is riding a seven-game winning streak. However, the Tribe was able to beat him on May 7 in Anaheim when they touched him for four runs in six innings in a 4-3 Cleveland win.
For his career, Weaver is 4-2 in 11 starts vs. the Indians, with an ERA of 3.64 in 64.1 innings.
Tomlin has not lost since June 12, but in his last two starts, a victory over Baltimore and a no-decision against the Twins, Josh has given up nine runs in 11 innings, and it was only good offense from the Tribe in those games that kept him off the negative side of the ledger. But Tomlin’s ERA has crept up to 4.12, and against Weaver, he will need a superlative effort to keep the Indians in the game.
This will be Tomlin’s first appearance against the Angels this year. In two career starts vs. Los Angeles, Tomlin is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in 12.2 innings of work.
With a win tonight and another Chicago win over Detroit, the Tribe would once again find itself in first place. So much as they have driven the Indians batty this year, for tonight and tomorrow, it is fair to say: Go White Sox.