Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers - 5/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (14-11) at Cleveland Indians (11-12)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)
Michael Fulmer (1-0) (3.60) vs. T Bauer (1-0) (5.28)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -135 / Detroit Tigers +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers look to wake up the bats after a tough outing against Corey Kluber yesterday as they continue their series with the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
The Tigers are hoping for a much better outing on the road in Cleveland on Thursday after getting blanked by a 4-0 final yesterday against one of the league’s top pitchers and things don’t get much easier today as Trevor Bauer gets the nod for the Tribe. Detroit has one of the best lineups in baseball and have some flame throwers on the bump to boot but so far they have been underachieving a bit with a 14-12 mark and still have plenty of room for improvement. Detroit will send Michael Fulmer to the bump who is 1-0 with an ERA of 3.60 while Bauer is also 1-0 but has a 5.28 ERA that has plenty of room to come down if he is throwing his best stuff.
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The Indians head into this game with an 11-12 mark and now that they have Michael Brantley back and healthy it could do wonders for their lineup as they struggled to find success without him. Cleveland does have some nice pieces in the form of Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, and Carlos Santana and against Fulmer they will look to stay active and give their team a chance at winning back to back games against a very good Tigers side that needs to get their bats rolling.
The Tigers are 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 6-2 in their last eight games against a right handed starter, and 5-11 in their last 16 against the AL Central while the Indians are 4-1 in their last five games at home against a team with a winning record, 6-2 in their last eight against the AL Central, and are 3-7 in their last 10 Trevor Bauer home starts against a team with a winning record. In the end, I like the Tigers to bounce back as their offense can’t stay quiet for too long and while Bauer is capable of throwing a gem I don’t see it here on this day.