Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians - 9/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (64-68) at Detroit Tigers (61-72)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2015 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
C Kluber (8-13) (3.41) vs. B Farmer (0-3) (7.54)
The Line: Detroit Tigers +155 / Cleveland Indians -165 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, SportsTime Ohio
The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians face off on Friday at Comerica Park in game one of their MLB series of American League Central Division teams.
The Detroit Tigers are having a miserable season and they have slipped into last place in the AL Central. The Tigers are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 30-35 at home this season, and they are 21 games behind the Royals in the AL Central standings. As a team the Tigers are hitting .271 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .359, Ian Kinsler hitting .305, and Jose Iglesias hitting .302. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.66 with the starters at 4.67 and the bullpen at 4.64. For game one against the Indians the Tigers start Kyle Lobstein who has allowed 53 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 20 over 47.2 innings for a 3-5 record and a 4.34 ERA.
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The Cleveland Indians have dug themselves out of the basement in the AL Central but they will still fall well short of their expectations for this season. The Indians are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 35-34 on the road this season, and they are 17 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Indians are hitting .255 with Michael Brantley hitting .321, Jason Kipnis hitting .317, and Carlos Santana hitting .233. The Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 4.06 and the bullpen at 3.21. For game one against the Tigers the Indians start Corey Kluber who has allowed 169 hits and 76 earned runs while striking out 219 over 200.1 innings for an 8-13 record and a 3.41 ERA.
Detroit is 3-7 in game one of a series, 1-5 in their last six home games, and 1-4 Lobstein’s last five starts. Cleveland is 7-1 in game one of a series, 6-2 in their last eight games, and 4-1 in Kluber’s last five starts as a favorite. Cleveland is 16-43in their last 59 games in Detroit.
I expect Kluber to hold the Tribe in this one as the Tigers pitching hurts them again.