Detroit Tigers (3-3) at Cleveland Indians (2-3)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)
Tarik Skubal (0-0) (3.38) vs. Aaron Civale (1-0) (3.86)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -185 / Detroit Tigers +170 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians meet Saturday in MLB action from Progressive Field.
This will be the second installment of a three-game set between these teams this week. In the series opener on Friday, the Indians recorded a three-run win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Detroit managed to take two of three from the Indians in their opener series, but then fell two games to one against the Twins in the next trio. On Friday, the Tigers were down 3-0 after one inning and couldn’t bridge the gap in an eventual 4-1 loss.
For the Saturday game, Detroit will send out Tarik Skubal in the start. On Sunday in Detroit during his season debut, Skubal allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in 5.1 innings versus the Indians. Skubal had his fastball working pretty well in that one, but had to take a no-decision.
Over on the Indians’ side, they got their first win on Sunday, then followed that up with a split pair against the Royals this week. In Friday’s game, Cleveland posted three runs in the first innings and an insurance run later for the win. Franmil Reyes finished with three hits, three RBI and two runs.
For the Saturday starter role, the Indians will go with Aaron Civale. In his last start on Sunday, Civale gave up three runs on two hits (both homers) while also notching six strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.
The Tigers are 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games and 55-132 in their last 187 overall. Detroit is 14-37 in their last 51 in game two of a series and 25-71 in their last 96 versus the AL Central.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 0-4 in their last four Saturday games and 2-6 in their last eight in game two of a series. The under is 9-1-1 in Cleveland’s last 11 Saturday games and 16-5-1 in their last 22 in game two of a series.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on the Tigers in this one. Detroit has been all over the place this year, but they’re a competitive team when they get going. With a good outing from Skubal, the Tigers should have an opportunity to find a win here, so long as they can get the bats going on the other side.