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Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/2/14

Detroit Tigers (75-62) at Cleveland Indians (70-65)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)

Kyle Lobstein (L) (0-0) (1.500) vs. Carlos Carrasco (R) (3-3) (3.663)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -152 / Detroit Tigers +142 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Indians look to stay relevant in the playoff hunt as they host the Detroit Tigers for game two of a four game set at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

The Detroit Tigers routed the Indians 12-1 on Monday as David Price pitched a gem allowing a single run on eight hits over seven innings and the offense blasted five home runs.  Miguel Cabrera hit his 18th and 19th HR’s of the season in a four hit, three RBI effort, Victor Martinez had two hits including his 28th home run on a two run shot, JD Martinez had two hits including his 18th home run, Tyler Collins hit a three run homer as a pinch hitter, and Nick Castellanos had three hits as the Tigers pounded out 20 total hits on the afternoon.  The Tigers lay claim to the second Wild Card spot in the AL and are in a heated battle with the Royals for the AL Central division.

Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/2/14

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Kyle Lobstein will make his third career appearance for the Tigers on Tuesday.   The 25 year old lefty Lobstein has pitched reasonably well against the Yankees and Twins in a start and long relief appearance as he enters this contest with a WHIP of 1.11 and ERA of 3.09 across 11.2 total innings of work. 

The Cleveland Indians are on the brink of contending for both the AL Central and a wild card spot but getting bullied by the team above them in the standings has to be a serious blow.  Making matters worse is the fact that Indians ace Corey Kluber was bombed in the loss allowing five runs on seven hits while last just 2.2 innings.  The Indians offense could only convert eight hits into a single run as Michael Bourn and Lonnie Chisenhall each had two hits and Carlos Santana had an RBI double.

The Indians will hope to get a long start out of Carlos Carrasco on Tuesday after burning through their long man Zach McAllister on Monday.  Carrasco has been effective since re-joining the starting rotation on August 5th with an ERA of 1.57 across his last five starts.  For the season combined Carrasco has a WHIP of 1.00 and ERA of 3.01 while posting a record of 6-4.  Carrasco has managed to quiet the Tigers bats across four relief appearances spanning 6.2 innings with an ERA of 1.42.

It’s rare to see the Tigers as a heavy underdog so I will take the odds here as the better alternative than laying odds on a team that was beaten down so badly in the previous game.  

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Detroit Tigers +142 (1 unit)

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