Cleveland Indians (32-28) vs Detroit Tigers (29-34)Date : 06/09/2018
Time : 4:10 PM ET
Location : Comerica Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers
The Tigers will welcome the AL Central division leader the Indians to Comerica Park as the top two teams from the AL Central will go head to head in a 3 game series. The Tigers are 4 1/2 games back for the top spot in the division. This will be their 3rd meeting of the year with the season series tied at 1 game apiece.
Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :
The Indians are coming off an impressive series sweep against the Brewers, they now have a 4 1/2 game lead over the second place Tigers. The Indians now have a record of 32-28 they are not that great of a road team despite winning 7 straight home games when playing on the road the Indians are 12-17 on the season. Coming into this series the Indians are 18th in pitching with an ERA of 4.24 and 6th best in batting with 297 runs scored this season. The Indians have the talents to compete against elite teams in the Major despite playing in a weaker division. They can be the potential darkhorse when the postseason starts so you might want to keep an eye on how they are playing against great teams.
Michael Brantley added two hits. He plated Rajai Davis with an RBI single in the fifth and scored later in the frame on a bases-loaded walk by Yonder Alonso. That was his second hit of the day after singling off Chase Anderson in the first inning. He is now slashing .325/.369/.547 with 24 extra-base hits with 39 RBIs this season. He is sixth in the American League in batting average and if he is able to keep this batting average up he should be an all-star this season, expect him to play well against the Tigers.
Pitching for the Indians will be Mike Clevinger gave up four earned runs and a pair of homers over six innings in his start vs. the Twins last Sunday and was not afforded a decision. He is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA in six career games (five starts) vs. the Tigers.
Detroit Tigers's Latest Performance :
The Tigers are coming off a series loss against the Red Sox. They will be glad to return home for a 6 game homestand as they will play against the Indians in a 3 game series. The Tigers will have the opportunity to cut into the gap of the AL Central division. The Tigers are a really solid team at home this season they are 20-14 on the season. The Tigers are having a tough time scoring runs lately scoring only 12 runs in their last 5 games. The Tigers are 22nd in pitching with an ERA of 4.33. The Tigers will be glad to play teams from the same division again after a tough road trip against the teams from the AL East.
Jose Iglesias returned from his hip injury and made an immediate impact on the team is the only player to pick up an RBI against the Red Sox. He is slashing .256/.305/.372 with 21 RBIs and 2 homers and 9 stolen bases this season. JaCoby Jones was able to hit a triple against the best team in the Major but his fellow batters weren’t able to collect a single RBI after the hit was made earlier in the game it was tough for the Tigers to have a real impact on the game because they are playing against the best team in the Major they will hope to play well when the Indians come to visit.
Pitching for the Tigers will be Michael Fulmer. He pitched six innings and allowed four runs in a loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday. He walked three and struck out three; gave up a two-run homer to Justin Smoak in the sixth to turn a so-so start into a disappointing one. He’s now allowed nine homers in his 12 starts and has a 4.73 ERA on the season.
How Cleveland Indians & Detroit Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Tigers are 7-3 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Indians are 44-13 in their last 57 vs. a team with a losing record.
Against The Spread Selection: Cleveland Indians
My reason for the pick :
Despite the Indians having a bad road record this season, in this game, Clevinger will put on a masterful pitching performance on the road as the Indians will extend their lead on top of the AL Central division. Brantley will have his ways against Fulmer as he will look to put runs on the board early for the Indians and take down the Tigers at home. The Tigers will have a hard time scoring as their scoring woes continue.
The Indians to beat the Tigers on the road.
Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:
- Indians are 2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
Betting trends for Detroit Tigers:
- Tigers are 6-2 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning record.