Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/18/14
Cleveland Indians (47-47) at Detroit Tigers (53-38)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Trevor Bauer (R) (3-4) (3.840) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) (6-3) (3.042)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -157 / Cleveland Indians +147 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, SportsTime Ohio
The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians face off on Friday in Detroit in game one of the AL Central series.
The Detroit Tigers hit the All Star Break with one of the biggest leads of any division in baseball at 6.5 games. The Tigers are 25-22 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have outscored their opponents by 50 games. As a team the Tigers are hitting .280 with Victor Martinez hitting .328, Miguel Cabrera hitting .306, and Ian Kinsler at .303. As a tam the Detroit pitching staff has an ERA of 3.97 with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 4.26. For game one against the Indians the Tigers start Anibal Sanchez who has won five of his last six decisions. For the season Sanchez has allowed 73 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 70 over 94.2 innings for a 6-3 record and a 3.04 ERA.
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The Cleveland Indians are in third place in the American League Central but they have their work cut out for them if they are going to make the post season. The Indians are 18-28 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they are 7.5 games back in the standings. As a team the Indians are hitting .255 with Lonnie Chisenhall hitting .328, Michael Brantley hitting .322, and Michael Bourn hitting .267. The Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 3.98 with the starters at 4.49 and the bullpen at 3.08. For game one in Detroit the Indians start Trevor Bauer who has two no decisions and a win in his last three starts. For the season Bauer has allowed 76 hits and 31 runs while striking out 70 over 72.2 innings for a 3-4 record and a 3.84 ERA.
Detroit is 5-1 in their last six games, 7-3 in their last 10 home games, and 5-1 in Sanchez’s last six starts. Cleveland is 4-1 against the AL Central, 3-8 following a win, and 1-4 in Bauer’s last five road starts. Cleveland is 15-37 in their last 52 games in Detroit.
I like the Tigers here but I don’t love them but they are my pick here.
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