Davis was regarded as a bright spot in an otherwise dismal campaign for the Indians when he finished June with a 7-6 mark. However, the 23-year-old right-hander has gone 0-4 in his last nine starts.
Despite the skid, Davis has shown flashes of brilliance. He pitched his second complete game of the year in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota on July 27, and surrendered two hits over six innings in the Indians’ 5-0 win over the Twins on Aug. 13.
Davis was not at his best on Aug. 19, yielding five runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings in an 8-2 loss to Minnesota.
“You can’t be thinking about when’s the last time I got a win,” Davis said. “You’ve got to be thinking about how I’m going to win today. If it doesn’t happen, then you’ve just got to go out there the next time and say, ‘Alright, I’m going to go out and win today.”’
Davis should have a good chance against Detroit. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts against the hapless Tigers this year, including a complete-game 4-1 win at Comerica Park on June 18.
Craig Monroe and Dmitri Young homered as the Tigers took Tuesday’s series opener 5-4 for their first two-game winning streak in six weeks. Detroit’s modest run follows a season-high 11-game skid that has put the Tigers in position to break the 1962 New York Mets’ modern record of 120 losses in a season.
Cleveland had a three-game winning streak snapped, losing for just the sixth time in 20 games.
STANDINGS: Tigers - 5th place, 36 GB, AL Central. Indians - 4th place, 12 GB, AL Central.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Shane Loux (0-0, 7.20 ERA). After seven relief appearances, Loux made his first start of the year Thursday against Anaheim. The rookie right-hander was reached for four runs and eight hits over five innings, but did not receive a decision as the Angels rallied late for a 10-7 win. Loux will be making his first career appearance against the Indians.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Davis (7-10, 4.60 ERA). Davis is 3-5 despite a solid 3.86 ERA in 13 home starts this year.
SEASON SERIES: Indians, 9-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Tigers - 1B Young is batting .435 (20-for-46) during a 12-game hitting streak. … OF Bobby Higginson is 3-for-6 against RHP Davis. … Detroit has not won consecutive road games since June 3-4 at San Diego. Indians - OF John McDonald left Tuesday’s game after five innings with a stiff lower back. … Davis has held Young hitless in seven at-bats. … The Indians have lost four in a row at home.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Tigers - 18-49 on the road; Indians - 32-34 at home.
INJURIES: Tigers - C A.J. Hinch (groin), 15-day DL; INF Eric Munson (thumb), 15-day DL; 3B Dean Palmer (shoulder and neck), 60-day DL. Indians - C Victor Martinez (ankle), 15-day DL; SS Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Bradley (back), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Boyd (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (back), 60-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL.