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Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick 8/30/13

Cleveland Indians (71-61) at Detroit Tigers (78-56)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)

Zach McAllister (R) (7-7) (3.515) vs. Rick Porcello (R) (10-7) (4.554)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -145 / Cleveland Indians +135 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: SportsTime Ohio, FS-Detroit

The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians face-off on Friday in Detroit as they play game one of their weekend series.

The Detroit Tigers have been slumping of late, but they didn’t lose any ground in the AL Central, as none of the chasers have been able to take advantage of it. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 42-26 at home this season, and they have a 6.5 game lead in the division. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .284, with Miguel Cabrera hitting .359, Torii Hunter hitting .308, and Jhonny Peralta hitting .305. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.62, with the starters at 3.50 and the bullpen at 3.89. For game one against the Indians, the Tigers start Rick Porcello, who has won six of his last seven decisions. For the season, Porcello has allowed 153 hits and 71 earned runs, while striking out 108 over 142.1 innings for a 10-7 record and a 4.49 ERA.

Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick 8/30/13

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The Cleveland Indians are the closest chasers to the Tigers, but they have had several opportunities to make a move on the Tigers and have taken advantage of none of them. The Indians are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 31-36 on the road this season, and they are 6.5 games behind the Tigers in the standings. As a team, the Indians are hitting .252 with Yan Gomes hitting .288, Jason Kipnis hitting .285, and Michael Brantley hitting .273. The Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 3.94, with the starters at 4.07 and the bullpen at 3.69. For Friday’s game, the Indians start Zach McAllister, who has won his last three stats. For the season, McAllister has allowed 101 hits and 41 earned runs, while striking out 79 over 105 innings for a 7-7 record and a 3.51 ERA.

Detroit is 15-5 in their last 20 games against a right-handed starter, 26-12 in their last 38 games overall, and 7-2 in Porcello’s last nine starts. Cleveland is 4-1 against the AL Central, 1-7 in game one sof a series, and 5-1 in McAllister’s last six starts. Cleveland is 7-20 in the last 27 meetings of these two.

The total is to the high side, but it’s for good reason and my first free pick is o the over. My second free pick is on the winning side and I will give out that FREE PICK on Friday’s 1stQuarter Podcast.

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