Cleveland Indians (24-20) vs. Detroit Tigers (18-28)
May 24, 2021 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: Detroit Tigers -115 / Cleveland Indians +105; Over/Under: 9
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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 Monday night.
The Cleveland Indians will attempt to rebound from an 8-5 loss in extra innings at the hands of the Minnesota Twins in their last matchup. Amed Rosario led the charge, going 4 for 5 at the dish, falling a home run short of the cycle with a triple, a double and two RBIs while Jose Ramirez had a double and an RBI and Eddie Rosario and Jordan Luplow each had an RBI as well to finish off the scoring for the Indians in the loss. Harold Ramirez and Cesar Hernandez each had two hits with a double while Yu Chang had a double as well to cap off Cleveland’s offense as a team in the loss. Zach Plesac allowed three runs on five hits over 3.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. James Karinchak took the loss in relief to fall to 2-1 on the year as a result. Sam Hentges will start here and is 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Hentges’ first career start against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to rebound from a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in their last game. Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Erik Haase added an RBI to round out the scoring for Detroit in the win while Jonathan Schoop went 2 for 5 at the dish with a double and Robbie Grossman had a double as well in the defeat. Miguel Cabrera added a base hit to finish off Detroit’s offense as a team in the losing effort as the Tigers cranked out just seven hits as a team in the loss. Casey Mize allowed one run on three hits while striking out six over 6.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Mike Fulmer ended up with the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year as a result. Spencer Turnbull will get the start here and is 3-2 with a. 2.88 ERA and 31 strikeouts athis season. In his career, Turnbull is 0-6 with a 5.18 ERA against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog and 30-13 in their last 43 road games against a team with a losing record while the over is 10-2-1 in their last 13 division games. Detroit is 21-45 in their last 66 series-opening games and 5-0 in their last 5 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite. Cleveland is 49-12 in the last 61 meetings between these two teams.
I’m not rushing to back either of these starters as Hentges was rocked by the Angels and Turnbull’s had issues with the Indians throughout his career, which is why I’m backing the over. I think we could easily see both starter chased fairly early in this game and I think the over is the safest play in this matchup.