Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/16/14
Cleveland Indians (6-7) at Detroit Tigers (6-4)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Zach McAllister (R) (1-0) (2.314) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (0-0) (3.000)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -157 / Cleveland Indians +147 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportsTime Ohio, FS-Detroit
The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians face off on Wednesday in Detroit in a AL Central MLB matchup of a game rescheduled because of rain on Tuesday.
The Detroit Tigers lead the AL Central but they have lost the battle with Mother Nature playing the fewest games of any team in baseball thus far this season. The Tigers are 4-1 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are coming off of a loss on Sunday in San Diego. As a team the Tigers are hitting .253 with Rajai Davis hitting .345, Ian Kinsler hitting .302, Austin Jackson hitting .289, and Miguel Cabrera hitting just .225. The Detroit pitching staff has an ERA of 3.59 with the starters at 3.00 and the bullpen at 4.94. For game one against the Indians the Tigers start Anibal Sanchez who doesn’t have a decision this season. In his two starts Sanchez has allowed eight hits and three earned runs while striking outnine over 9.0 innings for a 3.00 ERA.
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The Cleveland Indians lost three of four over the weekend in Chicago and have dipped below .500 overall for the season. The Indians are 3-4 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are 1.5 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central standings. As a team Cleveland is hitting .245 with David Murphy hitting .297, Michael Brantley hitting .292, and Yan Gomes hitting .270. The Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 4.45 with the starters at 5.19 and the bullpen at 3.27. For game one against the Tigers the Indians start Zach McAllister who has looked sharp thus far this season. In his two starts McAllister has allowed 11 hits and three runs while striking out 11 over 11.2 innings for a 1-0 record and 2.31 ERA.
Detroit is 4-0 against the AL Central, 4-1 after scoring less than two runs in their previous game, and 7-1 in Sanchez’s last eight starts against the American League Central. Cleveland is 9-3 in game one of a series, 10-4 following a loss, and 5-0 in McAllister’s last five starts. Cleveland is 15-38 in their last 53 games in Detroit.
McAllister has been Cleveland’s best thus far and the Tigers are still the Tigers but they appear vulnerable this season and I like the Indians here to get the win.
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