The two teams currently tied atop the American League Central are both vying for help in the starting rotation.
As remarkable as their season has been, the Cleveland Indians have overcome some unimpressive pitching performances. Their staff ERA is currently fourth-worst in the American League, while only lowly Baltimore and Kansas City have allowed a higher batting average against (BAA).
Justin Masterson, the assumed ace of this staff, has had a nice year with an 8-6 record and a 2.80 ERA. Josh Tomlin leads the team with 11 wins.
But one-time stud Fausto Carmona has looked lost at times, demonstrated by his double-digit losses (10) and 5.63 ERA.
The back end of the rotation consists of Carlos Carrasco and Mitch Talbot, who have gone a combined 10-13 with 189 hits given up in 166.1 innings.
The Detroit Tigers, meanwhile, haven't fared much better. Their starters' ERA is ninth in the AL, and their BAA holds the same league ranking. But they at least have Cy Young contender Justin Verlander at the top of their rotation, and Max Scherzer, who can, well, strike people out.
Following those two are Brad Penny, Rick Porcello and Phil Coke, who aren't scaring the stripes off of anyone. Penny and Coke only strike out about one more batter per nine innings than they walk, and Porcello gives up almost 10.5 hits per game.
Both teams could use a veteran arm given how young most of their starters are. The Tigers, for their part, have shown interest in Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe, but he may be out of their price range.