Detroit Tigers (76-83) vs Cleveland Guardians (75-84)
2023-09-30 13:10:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Detroit Tigers +106 / Cleveland Guardians -120 --- Over/Under:
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The Cleveland Guardians and the Detroit Tigers meet Saturday in MLB action from Comerica Park. This will be the second installment in the final series of the regular season. In the Friday opener, the Guardians took a two-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB at Sports Chat Place.
The Guardians took on the Reds for a quick two-game series this week, losing 11-7 on Tuesday before rebounding for a 4-3 win in the finale. On Friday versus Detroit, the Guardians posted 13 hits (and gave up 13 as well) in a 7-5 win. Tyler Freeman (three RBI) and Bo Naylor (two RBI; two runs) each had a home run in the victory.
In the starting pitcher role Saturday, the Guardians will go with Triston McKenzie. This year McKenzie is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA in three starts. In his career McKenzie is 18-23 with a 3.76 ERA in 67 games (63 starts).
Cleveland Guardians Team Facts
The Guardians have won each of their last nine Saturday day games against AL Central opponents that held a losing record.
The Guardians have covered the run line each of their last nine Saturday day games against AL Central opponents that held a losing record.
The ‘Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs’ market has hit in each of the Guardians’ last four games.
The Guardians have led after 3 innings in each of their last three games.
The Guardians have led after 5 innings in each of their last seven Saturday day games against AL Central opponents that held a losing record.
Over on the Detroit side, they did well against the Royals in their last series, bagging a three-game sweep. Detroit won 6-3 Tuesday, 8-0 in game two and 7-3 in the finale. In the Friday matchup the Tigers’ Spencer Torkelson and Zach McKinstry (two RBI) each had a home run.
As starter for the Saturday matchup the Tigers didn’t immediately announce a name.
Detroit Tigers Team Facts
The Tigers have won each of their last nine day games against AL Central opponents.
The Tigers have covered the run line in seven of their last eight games against AL Central opponents following a home loss.
The ‘Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs’ market has hit in each of the last three day games between the Guardians and Tigers.
The Tigers have won the first inning in each of their last three day games against the Guardians.
The Tigers have led after 3 innings in each of their last three day games against the Guardians.
The Detroit Tigers rank 29th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.381).
The Detroit Tigers rank 28th in the league for runs scored this season (648).
The Cleveland Guardians rank 30th in the league for home runs this season (123).
The Cleveland Guardians rank 1st in the league for strikeouts against this season (1127).
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll likely stick with the Tigers in this one. McKenzie has had a rough year with all the injuries, and hasn’t had much to celebrate in the instances that he has been on the mound. In his return back on September 24, McKenzie put up 1.2 innings with three earned on one hit and six walks. If he can’t get the free passes under control, Detroit will have some baserunners early on. In the Friday opener of this set, the Tigers did pretty well on the mound after Joey Wentz (2.1 innings; seven earned) exited. Detroit has five or more runs in each of the last three games, so the offense should deliver on Saturday.