Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers Matchup

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The Cleveland Indians will be facing off against their divisional rival Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. SportsTime Ohio will broadcast the matchup and the game will get underway at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers Odds

Vegas is listing Cleveland (-260) as the favorite over Detroit (+230). The total is sitting at 8.5 runs and gamblers can take the over for -120 and the under for even money (+100). Gamblers can also wager on the games runline with the odds standing at Indians -1.5 runs (-165) and Tigers +1.5 runs (+145).

The Indians are 33-29 SU and are 27-34 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.7 units for moneyline bettors and 10.9 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 31-35 SU and 36-29 ATS. They’ve gained 5.5 units for moneyline bettors and 3.0 units ATS. Detroit has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Tigers games have a 27-36-2 over/under record so far in 2018. Cleveland has been a decent over bet with a total record of 33-26-2.

Right-hander Corey Kluber will get the start for the visiting Indians. Kluber is 9-2 with a 1.96 ERA and 95 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with 13 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Detroit this year (five starts).

The Tigers will be sending righty Artie Lewicki (0-1, 3.86 ERA) to the hill. Lewicki has 14 strikeouts and eight walks to his name, as well as a 1.66 WHIP. Lewicki is 0-0 with four strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Cleveland this year.

Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.47 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 8.84 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 5.82, along with a K-per-9 of 9.00.

The Indians offense has slashed .251/.321/.438 on its way to 4.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez continue to lead Cleveland’s offense. Lindor is slashing .285/.359/.527 with 14 home runs, 35 RBIs, 46 runs and six stolen bases, while Ramirez (.294/.394/.617) is up to 19 homers, 43 RBIs, 44 runs and seven stolen bases.

For the home team, Detroit’s pitchers have given up 4.6 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starters have a 4.23 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.26 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.3 K/9. In 28 games against AL Central opponents, Tigers starters have an ERA of 3.73 and the bullpens ERA is 3.84.

The Detroit hitters have produced 4.2 runs per contest, including 3.6 per game against divisional foes and 2.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .207/.268/.313 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Tigers hitters have been led by right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is hitting .326/.365/.504 with six home runs, 34 RBIs and 32 runs scored, and the line for Iglesias stands at .260/.309/.388 with 57 hits, 24 RBIs, 23 runs and nine stolen bases.

The Indians have lost 7.3 units and are 18-24 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 22 of those games, compared to 18 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 1.7 units and are 23-23 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 16 of those games, compared to 28 that’ve cashed the under.

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • Detroit has recorded 19.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 17.4 over its last five.
  • The Indians have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Tigers have hit five over their last 10.