Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/19/14
Detroit Tigers (27-12) at Cleveland Indians (19-25)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Drew Smyly (L) (1-2) (3.293) vs. Corey Kluber (R) (4-3) (3.375)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -105 / Detroit Tigers -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers face off on Monday at Progressive Field in game one of their AL Central series.
The Cleveland Indians are seeing their season get away from them early and are looking to stop the bleeding and get some positive momentum going. The Indians are 12-11 at home, 4-6 in their alst 10 games, and the have lost four in a row. As a team the Indians are hitting .244 with David Murphy hitting .291, Michael Brantley hitting .287, and Yan Gomes hitting .262. As a team the Indians pitching staff has a 4.24 ERA with the starters at 4.72 and the bullpen at 3.36. For game one against the Tigers the Indians start Corey Kluber who has won his last two starts. For the season Kluber has allowed 62 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 66 over 58.2 innings for a 4-3 record and a 3.38 ERA.
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The Detroit Tigers have the best record in baseball and are on a roll. The Tigers are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 14-4 in the road, and they have won six games in a row. As a team the Tigers are hitting .275 with Victor Martinez hitting .336, Miguel Cabrera hitting .305, Torii Hunter hitting .301, and Ian Kinsler hitting .300.The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.19 with the starters at 2.66 and the bullpen at 4.33. For game one against the Indians the Tigers start Drew Smyly who had a no decision in his last start. For the season Smyly has allowed 26 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 30 over 33.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 2.70 ERA.
Cleveland is 7-2 against the AL Central, 2-5 in game one of a series, and 10-3 in Kluber’s last 13 home starts. Detroit is 5-0 as an underdog, 14-3 in their last 17 road games, and 2-5 in Smyly’s last seven starts. Detroit is 35-17 in their last 52 games against Cleveland.
We have two pitchers who are on top of their game but the Tigers are just playing better baseball.
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