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Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers - 6/21/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Friday June 21, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Progressive Field
Cleveland, OH
The Line
Cleveland Indians: -1.5 (-110) / Detroit Tigers: 1.5 (-110)
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, SportsTime Ohio
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The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians meet in the opener of a three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Friday.

The Detroit Tigers will look to rebound after having to settle for a series split with Pittsburgh, dropping the series finale on Wednesday by a final score of 8-7. Niko Goodrum, Brandon Dixon and Harold Castro each had two RBIs with Dixon and Castro each hitting a home run while Goodrum had a double. Christin Stewart added an RBI to finish off Detroit’s scoring as a team in the loss while Nick Castellanos went 3 for 4 with a double and JaCoby Jones added a two-bagger of his own. Dawel Lugo chipped in a base hit of his own to finish off Detroit’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Jordan Zimmermann gave up three runs on five hits while striking out four over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Ramirez took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year as a result. Matt Boyd will start game one and is 5-5 with a 3.35 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. In his career, Boyd is 2-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back after settling for a series split with Texas, dropping the series finale on Thursday by a final score of 4-2. Carlos Santana went 2 for 3 with a solo home run while Jordan Luplow added an RBI as well to finish the Tribe’s scoring as a team in the loss. Oscar Mercado and Jason Kipnis each had base hits as well to finish off Cleveland’s offense in the defeat. Shane Bieber took the loss, falling to 6-3 on the year after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Trevor Bauer will start game one and is 5-6 with a 3.41 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bauer is 9-6 with a 5.17 ERA and 107 strikeouts against Detroit.

Detroit is 8-20 in Boyd’s last 28 road starts and 18-54 in their last 72 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 road games. Cleveland is 1-4 in Bauer’s last 5 division starts and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 series opening matchups. Cleveland is 5-1 in Bauer’s last 6 starts against Detroit.

I think you could try making a case for Detroit and the plus money, given that Boyd has been arguably Detroit’s best starter this season and Cleveland had to travel from Texas to make it in town for this game. However, that’s about where it ends. Bauer has started to turn things around, giving up just one run across his last two starts, including a complete game shutout against these same Tigers in his last time out. The fact is that the Indians are still playing better baseball than Detroit right now, and I just don’t see Detroit doing much different against Bauer this time around, so I’ll side with Cleveland to draw first blood on Friday and to cut down some of the heavy juice, I’ll take the Indians on the RL.

Cleveland Indians: -1.5 (-110)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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