On Friday, April 9, 2021, the rivalry between Ohio and Michigan is going to be rekindled. However, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines won’t be involved. Instead, it’s going to be the Cleveland Indians hosting the Detroit Tigers in Game One of a three-game series at Progressive Field and the Cleveland Monsters are hosting the Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliates of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings respectively).
So far this season, the Monsters are 1-2-1-0 against the Griffins. In fact, the last time these two teams met on April 3 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland defeated Grand Rapids 4-2. The Griffins put 31 shots on goal and goalie Daniil Tarasov, who was making his Monsters debut, only allowed two pucks into the net. Carson Meyer, Tyler Sikura and Kole Sherwood (x2) all scored for the Monsters in the victory. Since Cleveland defeated Grand Rapids in that game, the Monsters now have at least one victory against every team on their schedule. Currently, the Monsters are second in the Central Division with a record of 8-5-1-0 which translates to 17 points and a percentage of 0.607. Whereas, the Griffins are third in the Central Division with a record of 8-6-2-0 which translates to 18 points and a percentage of 0.563.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians will be coming into this matchup against the Detroit Tigers with a record of 2-3 and sit in last place in the American League Central Division. However, the Tigers aren’t doing much better at the moment as their record is 3-3 which slots them into third place in the AL Central. This will be the second series between the two division rivals as they played each other in a three-game series to open the 2021 campaign at Comerica Park. Detroit was able to take the first two games of the series by a score of 3-2 and 5-2. However, the Indians’ offense came alive in the third game of the series as they downed the Tigers 9-3.