Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians - 9/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (91-66) at Detroit Tigers (84-73)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
Ryan Merritt (0-0) (1.50) vs. D Norris (3-2) (3.59)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -137 / Cleveland Indians +127 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, FSDT, STOH
Coming up from Comerica Park on Thursday, the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers will be finishing up their MLB series.
Each team got a win in the first two games of this set, and on Wednesday the game was called after five innings due to bad weather with the Tigers leading 6-3.
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Taking the mound for the Indians on Thursday will be lefty Ryan Merritt. In three games (no starts) and a 0-0 mark, Merritt holds a 1.50 ERA with a 0.50 WHIP in six innings. Merritt went 0.2 innings against the White Sox his last time out, allowing two hits and one earned.
It’s easy to find the big contributors in the Indians lineup. Francisco Lindor holds 179 hits with 96 runs and 72 RBI. Jose Ramirez has bagged 172 hits with 84 runs and 75 RBI. Jason Kipnis has logged 165 hits with 91 runs, 23 homers and 81 RBI.
Over on the Tigers’ side, we’ll be seeing LHP Daniel Norris. In his 13 games (12 starts) and 3-2 record, Norris holds a 3.59 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP in 62.2 innings. Norris took a no-decision in his last start against the Royals, going 5.2 innings with six hits and two earned.
Detroit has some big bats in their lineup. Miguel Cabrera has 182 hits with 89 runs, 36 homers and 105 RBI. Ian Kinsler has hit 175 times with 116 runs, 27 homers and 81 RBI. Victor Martinez is sitting on 160 hits with 65 runs, 27 homers and 86 RBI.
The Indians are 22-8 in their last 30 Thursday games, and 2-5 in their last seven games versus a left-handed starter. Cleveland is also 2-6 in their last eight road games versus a left-handed starter, and 8-2 in their last 11 games versus a team with a winning record.
As for the Tigers, they’re 4-1 in their last five Thursday games, and 5-1 in Norris’ last six starts. Detroit is also 5-2 in Norris’ last seven starts with four days’ rest, and 5-1 in Norris’ last six starts versus the AL Central.
This should be a nice pitching matchup, but I’ll give Norris and the Tigers a slight edge for the win. Cleveland hasn't played so well against lefties lately so we should se Detroit get out front early and hang on for the victory.