The Detroit Tigers will be squaring off against their divisional rival Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio will televise the matchup and the game gets going at 1:10 p.m. ET.
Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians Odds
Vegas is listing Detroit (+225) as the underdog to Cleveland (-250). The total is sitting at 9.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for even money (+100) or the under for -120. Gamblers can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at Tigers +1.5 runs (+100) and Indians -1.5 runs (-120).
The Tigers have gone 60-88 SU this year and are 78-69 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle much this year, losing 4.8 units for moneyline gamblers and 1.3 units ATS. Detroit’s covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Indians, on the other hand, are 83-65 SU and 69-78 ATS. The team’s lost 22.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 19.5 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread just once in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.
Cleveland games have an over/under record of 70-69-8 in 2018. The Tigers have been a good under bet with a total record of 62-77-8.
Francisco Liriano will get the start for the visiting Tigers. The left-handed Liriano (4-10, 4.58 ERA) has recorded 94 punchouts in 117 innings so far. He’s 0-2 with 11 strikeouts and a 4.96 ERA against Cleveland this year (three starts).
The Indians are turning to righty Shane Bieber (10-3, 4.32 ERA), who has 104 strikeouts and 19 walks to his credit as well as a WHIP of 1.33. Bieber is 1-0 with nine strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in one start against Detroit this year.
Detroit’s pitching staff allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 7.43 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.48, along with a WHIP of 1.29 and a K-per-9 of 7.90.
Tigers hitters have slashed .242/.303/.382 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.8 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).
Detroit’s hitters have been led by outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is slashing .295/.353/.491 with 21 home runs, 81 RBIs and 78 runs scored, while Iglesias (.269/.310/.389) has produced five homers, 48 RBIs, 43 runs and 15 stolen bases.
In the other dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 3.41 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.61 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. In 65 games against AL Central foes, Indians starters have an ERA of 2.61 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.26.
The Cleveland hitters have produced 5.1 runs per outing, including 5.4 per game against divisional foes and 5.4 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .243/.335/.434 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.
The Indians’ hitters have been led by shortstop Francisco Lindor and outfielder Michael Brantley. Lindor is slashing .282/.355/.525 with 35 home runs, 86 RBIs, 120 runs and 23 steals, while Brantley’s line is .307/.363/.472 with 16 homers, 73 RBIs and 82 runs.
The Tigers have lost 11.6 units and are 55-55 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 42 of those games, compared to 61 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 7.8 units and are 17-21 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 17 of those games, as opposed to 18 which went under the total.
Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Free MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – OVER
- Detroit has logged 14 extra-base hits over its last five games. Cleveland has 16 XBH over its last five.
- Cleveland has posted 23.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.2 over its last five.
- The Tigers have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Indians have hit 16 over their last 10.