Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (8-7) at Detroit Tigers (8-8)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
C Carrasco (2-0) (2.79) vs. S Greene (1-1) (7.15)
The Line: Detroit Tigers +111 / Cleveland Indians -121 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLBN, STOh, FSDT
Coming up on Sunday, we’ve got game three of a weekend series between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
In Friday’s series opener, the Indians eked out a 2-1 victory, out-hitting Detroit 6-4. On Saturday, Cleveland got another win, pummeling the Tigers 10-1 and out-hitting Detroit 15-2 overall.
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In Sunday’s series finale', the Indians will be bringing out right-hander Carlos Carrasco. In his three starts so far, Carrasco has pitched well, earning a 2.79 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP and 18 strikeouts over 19.1 innings. On Tuesday in his most recent outing, Carrasco limited the Mariners to one run across 6.1 innings with five strikeouts.
Offensively, the Indians have been a little inconsistent, but there are some bright spots here. Francisco Lindor leads the attack with 17 hits, 10 runs and five RBI. Jason Kipnis isn’t far behind with 16 hits and eight runs. The streaky Rajai Davis has 14 hits with six runs and eight RBI.
Over on the Tigers’ side, they’ll be utilizing right-hander Shane Greene for Sunday’s game. In his 11.1 innings so far, Greene has amassed a 7.15 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP with nine strikeouts and seven walks. It was a rough day for Greene in his last start on Tuesday, as he got beat up by the Royals for seven runs in 4.1 innings.
The Detroit hitters are a pretty formidable bunch, and can whack the ball around with the best. Ian Kinsler has been on a tear to start the season, with 14 runs, 24 hits, four homers and 12 RBI. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has gotten in on the action as well, with five homers and 14 RBI. Saltalamacchia was one of just two Detroit players to get a hit on Saturday. Team superstar Miguel Cabrera has had his moments, but has just one homer and 13 strikeouts.
The Indians are 9-2 in Carrasco’s last 11 road starts, but just 1-4 in Carrasco’s last five Sunday starts. As for the Tigers, they’re 5-12 in their last 17 game threes of a series, and 1-8 in Greene’s last nine starts overall.
I like the Detroit offense to give some support here, but I can’t get behind Greene given his shaky start. I’ll take the Indians and Carrasco in this one.