Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Free Preview

The Cleveland Indians are playing host to the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio is in line to broadcast the matchup and the game will get going at 6:10 p.m. ET.

Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians Odds

Cleveland (-200) is favored against Detroit (+185) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds standing at Tigers +1.5 runs (-120) and Indians +-1.5 runs (+100).

The Tigers have gone 4-5 SU this year and are 4-4 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 0.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year, but have lost 0.2 units ATS. The Indians are 5-5 SU and 2-7 ATS. The team has lost 3.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.0 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Cleveland games have an over/under record of 3-6 so far in 2018. The Tigers have an over/under record of 3-5.

The Tigers have gained 0.7 units and are 4-4 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in three of those games, compared to five that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Indians have netted 0.5 units and are 0-3 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in one of those games, compared to two which went under the total.

The left-handed Matthew Boyd (0-1, 1.50 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Tigers. Boyd started 25 games last year and finished the season 6-11 overall with a 5.27 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. He made four starts against Cleveland in 2017 and put together a 1-2 record against the Indians with a 2.28 ERA and 17 strikeouts.

The Indians are going with righty Josh Tomlin (0-1, 24.00 ERA) as their starter. Tomlin started 26 games last year and finished the season 10-9 overall with a 4.98 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. He made two starts against the Tigers a year ago and registered a 1-0 record with a 4.35 ERA and five strikeouts.

As a unit, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 3.2 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 3.00, a WHIP of 0.96 and a K/9 of 9.3. In four divisional games, Indians starters have an ERA of 1.23 and the bullpen’s ERA is 0.00.

The Cleveland offense has produced 2.9 runs per outing, including 2.0 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .154/.247/.216 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Indians’ batters have been led by Lonnie Chisenhall and Edwin Encarnacion. Chisenhall is hitting .235/.381/.294 with four hits, zero RBIs and three runs scored, and Encarnacion is batting .171 with six hits, four RBIs and four runs.

In the visiting dugout, Detroit’s pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.16 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 6.14 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.74, along with a K/9 of 8.29.

The Tigers offense has slashed .216/.308/.314 on its way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Detroit’s offense has been led by Nicholas Castellanos and JaCoby Jones. Castellanos is hitting .324/.390/.486 with 12 hits, three RBIs and eight runs scored, while Jones (.333/.538/.333) is up to three hits and zero RBIs.

Castellanos didn’t do as well batting against righty pitching on the road in 2017, putting up a slash line of .212/.264/.360 across 239 such plate appearances (his total season line was .272/.320/.490).

Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The Tigers went 6-13 SU against the Indians last season.
  • The Indians’ bullpen recorded 3.00 ERA against the Tigers last year.