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Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick - 8/31/13

Cleveland Indians (71-63) at Detroit Tigers (79-56)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)

Scott Kazmir (L) (7-6) (4.248) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (11-7) (2.613)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -188 / Cleveland Indians +178 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SportsTime Ohio, FS-Detroit

The Detroit Tigers host the Cleveland Indians with first in the AL Central on the line.

Cleveland has their backs against the wall with no time for a cold streak, but that hasn't been the case with four consecutive defeats after a 7-2 (7 innings) loss to the American League Central leading Tigers on Friday. This was another game lost to Detroit with neither the work on the mound or at the plate getting the job done. This team needs to score to succeed and when they didn't, that was trouble Friday, with Zach McAllister giving up five runs on six hits and four BB in just 3.1 innings. The offense struggled to score on their seven hits and  three walks with a bases loaded walk and ground out being the extent of the scoring. Left-hander Scott Kazmir faces the heavy-hitting Tigers Saturday, looking to inch his team up the ladder in the Central. Kazmir would like to duplicate his effort in a 3-1 win over the Twins (ND), where he gave up the lone run in seven frames.

Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick - 8/31/13

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The Tigers are in the driver's seat in the American League Central with every win inching them a step closer to the division crown. Friday's win represented back to back victories, with the bats pounding out seven runs for the second straight contest. That was all starter Rick Porcello needed, with both runs plated on five hits and a pair of free passes through 5.2 innings pitched. Detroit posted nine hits and walked six times, with Victor Martinez leading the way with a two run double in the third. Anibal Sanchez will be on the mound to face the Indians, looking to bounce back from a rare poor performance. Sanchez didn't receive a decision in an 8-6 loss to Oakland, where he was charged with four runs over five innings.

Without looking too deep in to this, I am favoring the Tigers who seem to win when they have to and beating their closest rival is one of those times...

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