Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/20/14
Detroit Tigers (36-32) at Cleveland Indians (36-36)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Rick Porcello (R) (8-4) (4.137) vs. Zach McAllister (R) (3-4) (5.895)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -120 / Detroit Tigers +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, STO, MLB Net
The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians will begin a three-game series on Friday night.
The Tigers have lost seven of their last 11 games and no longer look like one of the better teams in baseball. The Tigers have allowed four or more runs in 11 of the 17 games in the month of June and now have a season ERA of 4.18. During that stretch, the Tigers offense has been held to three or less runs in nine games. Torii Hunter has hit safely in six of his last 10 games. Rick Porcello gets the nod, and he’s 8-4 with a 4.03 ERA and has 53 strikeouts in 82.2 innings. Porcello is 8-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 19 career starts against the Indians.
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The Indians have lost five of their last nine games and are one game above a .500 record. Like the Tigers, the Indians have allowed four or more runs in six of their last 10 games and have a season ERA of 4.10. The horrible pitching numbers have killed the Indians all season. Offensively, Michael Brantley has an eight-game hitting streak and Carlos Santana has eight RBI in his last 10 games. Corey Kluber takes the hill, and he’s 6-4 with a 3.35 ERA and has 108 strikeouts in 96.2 innings. Kluber is 1-3 with a 5.24 ERA in seven career starts against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 20-7 in Porcello's last 27 starts and 41-19 in Porcello's last 60 starts with 4 days of rest. The Indians are 7-1 in Kluber's last 8 starts and 16-5 in Kluber's last 21 starts with 4 days of rest. The Tigers are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Cleveland.
With two struggling teams, it's always best to take the team that's giving you more value for your buck. It just so happens we're getting better pitcher in this matchup as well.