Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Betting Preview 06/22/18

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The Detroit Tigers are paying a visit to Progressive Field to square off against their divisional rival Cleveland Indians. The opening pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET and SportsTime Ohio will televise the matchup.

Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Odds

Detroit (+180) is coming into this one as the underdog to Cleveland (-190) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this night game at 9.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total sit at -110 for the over and -110 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds standing at Tigers +1.5 runs (-125) and Indians -1.5 runs (+105).

The Indians are 40-33 straight up (SU) and 34-39 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 8.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.8 units (ATS). Cleveland has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 36-39 SU and have gone 42-33 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 8.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.6 units ATS. Detroit’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Indians games have an over/under record of 38-33-2 so far in 2018. Detroit has been a good under bet with a total record of 31-42-2.

Mike Fiers is getting the nod for the visiting Tigers. The right-handed Fiers (5-3, 4.09 ERA) has racked up 54 strikeouts in 72.2 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with 13 strikeouts and a 1.38 ERA against Cleveland this year (two starts).

The Indians are going with righty Shane Bieber (1-0, 3.97 ERA), who’s got 13 strikeouts and two walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.76. Bieber has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not accrue any MLB pitching stats in 2017.

Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 4.24 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 7.16 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.35, along with a WHIP of 1.26.

The Tigers offense has slashed .252/.314/.400 on its way to 4.2 runs scored per game this season, including 3.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias continue to lead Detroit’s offense. Castellanos is slashing .302/.344/.488 with nine home runs, 41 RBIs and 36 runs scored, while Iglesias has a .273 average with two homers, 28 RBIs, 26 runs and 12 stolen bases.

For the home team, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.37, a WHIP of 1.11 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.2. The bullpen has a 5.42 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 35 games against AL Central opponents, Indians starters have an ERA of 2.72 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.72.

The Cleveland offense has put up 4.9 runs per outing, including 5.1 per game against divisional foes and 6.2 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .285/.389/.455 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Indians’ hitters have been led by shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez. Lindor is hitting .288/.366/.525 with 16 home runs, 40 RBIs, 56 runs and 10 stolen bases, and Ramirez’s line is .291/.391/.611 with 22 homers, 50 RBIs, 50 runs and 10 steals.

The Tigers have gained 1.4 units and are 29-27 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 20 of those games, compared to 34 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 11.0 units and are 23-29 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 26 of those games, as opposed to 24 that’ve gone under.

Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends,

  • The under has cashed in five of Detroit’s last seven games.
  • Cleveland has recorded 21.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 25.0 over its last five.
  • The Tigers have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.