Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/14/14
Cleveland Indians (76-70) at Detroit Tigers (81-66)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Trevor Bauer (R) (5-8) (4.250) vs. Justin Verlander (R) (13-12) (4.816)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -159 / Cleveland Indians +149 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, FSN-DET, TBS
The Detroit Tigers look to sweep the Cleveland Indians Sunday at Comerica Park.
The Cleveland Indians have lost four of their last six games and are five games above a .500 record. The Indians inconsistent offense continues to be an issue, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Indians have split their last 12 games when scoring three or less runs. Michael Brantley has four hits in this series and Lonnie Chisenhall has three hits in this series. The Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.62, which is 16th in the majors. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he’s 5-8 with a 4.12 ERA and has 132 strikeouts in 137.2 innings. Bauer is 2-0 with a 4.88 ERA in four career starts against the Tigers.
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The Detroit Tigers have won five of their last six games and are 16 games above a .500 record. The Tigers are crushing the ball, scoring four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Tigers have won five straight when scoring more than three runs. Miguel Cabrera has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Ian Kinsler has an RBI in each game of this series. The Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 3.99, which is 23rd in the majors. Starting is Justin Verlander, who is 13-12 with a 4.82 ERA and has 143 strikeouts in 185 innings. Verlander is 18-16 with a 4.42 ERA in 39 career starts against the Indians.
The Indians are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 6-2 in Bauers last 8 starts as an underdog. The Tigers are 68-30 in Verlanders last 98 home starts and 5-13 in Verlanders last 18 starts during game 3 of a series. The Tigers are 7-2 in Verlanders last 9 home starts vs. Indians.
Even though Verlanded hasn't been his usual self this season, this is still a fairly decent price to get one of the top pitchers and best teams in baseball. I like the Tigers to sweep here.