Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (41-30) at Detroit Tigers (37-35)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
D Salazar (8-3) (2.23) vs. J Zimmermann (9-3) (3.24)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -111 / Cleveland Indians -109 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
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At Comerica Park on Friday, the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers will be kicking off their MLB series.
The Indians are coming off a three-game set this week against the Rays. Cleveland won all three of those matchups, running their win streak to six overall.
As for the Tigers, they just finished up against the Mariners. Detroit won the first three games of that set, and on Thursday the Tigers eked out a 5-4 victory to complete the sweep.
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The Indians will be trotting out right-hander Danny Salazar for Friday’s game. In his 13 starts and 8-3 record this year, Salazar has put up a 2.23 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 80.2 total innings. On Saturday against the White Sox, Salazar struck out seven batters in 6.2 innings, allowing just two runs.
Cleveland has a pretty good group of hitters in the meaty part of their order. Francisco Lindor has 83 hits with 45 runs and 37 RBI. Jason Kipnis has 73 hits with 36 runs and 38 RBI. Jose Ramirez has 64 hits to his credit with 35 runs and 26 RBI.
Over on the Tigers’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. He’s got 13 starts with a 9-3 record thus far, adding a 3.24 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 86 innings. In his last start, Zimmermann put up eight innings of one-run ball Sunday against the Royals.
Detroit’s batting order is pretty stacked as well. Ian Kinsler leads the team with 88 hits, 58 runs and 46 RBI. Miguel Cabrera has a team-high 16 home runs with 44 RBI, 84 hits and 41 runs. Nick Castellanos has 81 hits with 37 runs, 13 homers and 40 RBI. Cabrera and Castellanos combined to go 0-for-9 with one run on Thursday.
The Indians are 5-1 in their last six game ones of a series, and 16-5 in their last 21 Friday games. Cleveland is also 4-0 in Salazar’s last four starts overall, and 11-1 in Salazar’s last 12 Friday starts.
As for the Tigers, they’re 8-1 in their last nine home games, and 6-15 in their last 21 Friday games. Detroit is also 1-4 in their last five against the American League Central, and 5-2 in Zimmermann’s last seven home starts.
I like both pitchers in this matchup, so I’m going with the under here. I’ll also give the Indians a slight edge.