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Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/9/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (33-28) at Detroit Tigers (30-35)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm (Comerica Park)

Mike Clevinger (4-2) (3.36) vs. M Fiers (5-4) (4.33)

The Line: Detroit Tigers +145 / Cleveland Indians -165 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, SportsTime Ohio

The Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers square off in game two of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Saturday.

The Cleveland Indians will look to keep the ball rolling after three straight wins, including a 4-1 win in the series opener on Friday. Jason Kipnis led the Tribe with three RBIs, going 1 for 3 with the eventual game winning three run home run, while Yonder Alonso went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI to round out Cleveland’s s scoring in the win. Michael Brantley, Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall each had a base knock as well to cap off the offense for Cleveland in the victory. Trevor Bauer got the win after giving up the one run on seven hits while striking out 12 over eight innings of work to improve to 5-4 this season. Cody Allen struck out a pair in the 9th for his 12th save of the year. Mike Clevinger will start game two and is 4-2 with a 3.36 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. In his career, Clevinger is 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 26 strikeouts against Detroit.

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Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/9/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers will be looking to rebound after losing five of their last seven games, including the series opener on Friday. Nick Castellanos would open the scoring with an RBI double, but that’s all the Tigers would put on the board in the loss. Leonys Martin and Jose Iglesias each had a double, with Martin going 2 for 4 at the dish, while Miguel Cabrera added a pair of base hits as well and Victor Martinez went 1 for 4 to cap off Detroit’s offense in defeat. Michael Fulmer gave up one run on five hits while striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Shane Greene took the loss after giving up the three run homer in the 9th to fall to 2-3 this season. Mike Fiers will start game two and is 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA and 19 strikeouts against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 9-1 in Clevinger’s last 10 division starts and 8-3 in their last 11 games overall while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record. Detroit is 5-1 in Fiers’ last 6 starts and 19-40 in their last 59 division matchups while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Cleveland is 4-0 in Clevinger’s last 4 starts against Detroit and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between the two in Detroit.

It’s hard to believe that Detroit is in 2nd place in the division just 5 games back and below .500, but that just speaks to how hard Cleveland has been to trust with consistency this season. I’ve said before that Fiers has arguably been the best arm in the Tigers’ rotation, and he’s definitely worth a look at plus money on Saturday. However, given how well Clevinger has been against the rest of the division and against Detroit specifically, I think you have to lay the juice with Cleveland in this spot.

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