Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/22/14
Detroit Tigers (38-32) at Cleveland Indians (37-37)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Max Scherzer (R) (8-3) (3.844) vs. Josh Tomlin (R) (3-4) (3.910)
The Line: Cleveland Indians +119 / Detroit Tigers -129 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers go for the road sweep of the Cleveland Indians in AL Central action on Sunday.
The Tigers have had a miserable last several weeks which has cost them first in the American League Central. Detroit is trying to get the ship pointed in the right direction after a 5-4, ten inning victory over Cleveland on Saturday. Aside from winning the good news for Detroit was Justin Verlander who gave up an earned run on four hits over seven innings. The bad news was Joe Nathan blowing the save in the 9th and making things difficult. Ian Kinsler, Rajai Davis and Victor Martinez homered while Miguel Cabrera doubled home the winner in the 10th. The Tigers send Max Scherzer to the bump who looks to secure the sweep of the Indians. Scherzer is looking to rebound from one of his worse career efforts where he was tagged for ten runs in an 11-4 loss.
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Cleveland needs to get back on the horse quickly to stay in the hunt in the American League Central. They fell behind and rallied to tie things late but the pen couldn't up their end of the bargain as the Tribe fell for the thrd time in four contests. This one hurt with Cleveland scoring single runs in the 8th and 9th only to watch Cody Allen lose it in the 10th. Trevor Bauer didn't help with four runs plated through 6.1 innings with three long balls served up. Carlos Santana homered with Michael Bourn and Asdrubal Cabrera rapping RBI hits. Josh Tomlin toes the rubber in the finale of the series with the visiting Tigers. Tomlin makes his 8th start of the 2014 campaign where he has gone 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA over 51.1 innings.
To cut to the chase, I believe Scherzer has to get the win here after getting embarassed by Kansas City. Having said that I don't think the Tigers are anything too be feared right now...