Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers - 5/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (14-10) at Cleveland Indians (10-11)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)
J Verlander (2-2) (5.46) vs. J Tomlin (3-0) (3.18)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -123 / Detroit Tigers +113 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: STOh, FSDT
On Tuesday over at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians will be starting up their mid-week series.
The Tigers are coming off a weekend matchup against the Twins. Detroit took the sweep in that set and is sitting pretty with a five-game win streak and six victories in their last seven outings.
Meanwhile, the Indians took on the Phillies this weekend, and things didn’t go so well. Cleveland dropped all three games, and now they’ve dropped five of their last six.
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Detroit is set to roll out right-hander Justin Verlander for Tuesday’s matchup. This year, Verlander has hit a few bumps in the road in his five starts and 2-2 record, leading to a 5.46 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP over 29.2 frames. On Wednesday in his last appearance, Verlander put up 6.1 innings against the Athletics, allowing three runs in a quality start.
At the plate, the Tigers boast some potent run-producers on their top end. Ian Kinsler leads the way with 31 hits and 21 runs, while Nick Castellanos has hit 30 times with 18 RBI. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the team’s home run leader with six long-balls and 16 RBI. Miguel Cabrera is still fighting his .266 BA but has four homers, 13 runs and 12 RBI.
Over on the Indians side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Josh Tomlin make the start on Tuesday. In his three starts and 17 total innings this year, Tomlin has provided a 3.18 ERA with a 0.94 WHIP and an 11:2 K:BB ratio. Back on Wednesday, Tomlin logged 5.1 innings with four earned on six hits, but still got the victory to move to 3-0.
The Cleveland offense has had a few difficulties scoring runs this year, but there are a few noteworthy players in the lineup. Francisco Lindor leads the way on 25 hits and 12 runs, while Jason Kipnis has 23 hits with 12 runs and a team-high 13 RBI. Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli each have four homers, but both have struggled with consistency. Santana’s BA is .244, while Napoli’s is a lowly .205.
The Tigers are 6-2 in Verlander’s last eight road starts, but just 3-7 in Verlander’s last 10 starts against the American League Central.
As for the Indians, they’re just 1-7 in their last eight Tuesday games but 17-8 in their last 25 games ones of a series.
I’m not terribly excited about either pitcher in this game, as Verlander simply hasn’t looked sharp and Tomlin is susceptible to the long-ball. Still, I’ll take the Tigers’ hitting talent in what should be a Detroit victory.