Cleveland Indians (0-1) at Detroit Tigers (1-0)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
Zach Plesac (0-0) (0.00) vs. Julio Teheran (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Detroit Tigers +154 / Cleveland Indians -167 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers meet in an AL Central division matchup in MLB action from Comerica Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Cleveland Indians will try to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to the Tigers in their opening matchup Thursday. Roberto Perez accounted for both Cleveland RBIs with a 2-run home run in the 9th while Cesar Hernandez added a double. Jose Ramirez, Eddie Rosario, Josh Naylor and Amed Rosario each had a base hit as well to cap off the Indians’ offense as a team in the loss as Cleveland cranked out just six hits as a team in the loss. Shane Bieber took the loss after allowing all three runs on five hits while striking out 12 over six innings of work. Zach Plesac will start here and was 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 57strikeouts last season. In his career, Plesac is 2-0 with a 0.51 ERA and 14 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to build on their win over the Tribe from opening day. Miguel Cabrera led the way with a two-run home run in the first while Jacoby Jones had a double and an RBI to make up the scoring for Detroit in the winning effort. Jeimer Candelario, Willi Castro and Jonathan Schoop all had hits as well as the Tigers mustered up just five hits as a team in the victory. Matt Boyd got the win after throwing 5.2 shutout innings, allowing just three hits for the win while Gregory Soto had a shaky 9th but got the save. Julio Teheran will start here and was 0-4 with a 10.05 ERA and 20 strikeouts for the Angels last season. This will be Teheran’s second career start against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 in their last 4 games following an off day while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against a right-handed starter. Detroit is 53-129 in their last 182 games overall and 26-68 in their last 94 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog. Cleveland is 45-11 in the last 56 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made both ways here, as Cleveland is better than what we saw and Detroit won’t string a ton of consecutive wins together this season but Plesac isn’t a -175 road favorite kind of pitcher and Teheran pitched well in spring training. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. Both pitchers have things going for them going into this one, with Plesac’s career dominance over Detroit while Teheran had a great spring. Add in Cleveland’s offensive issues that have carried over from last year, and I think it’s an under day at Comerica.