Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Sunday June 23, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians: -1.5 (-105) / Detroit Tigers: 1.5 (-115)
FS-Detroit, SportsTime Ohio
The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians meet in the finale of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Sunday.
The Detroit Tigers will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the series including a 2-0 loss in game two on Saturday. Niko Goodrum and JaCoby Jones each went 2 for 4 with Jones adding a double while Miguel Cabrera and Ronny Rodriguez each contributed base hits as well as Detroit had just six hits as a team in the loss. Spencer Turnbull took the loss, falling to 3-7 on the year after allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Daniel Norris will start game three and is 2-5 with a 4.40 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. In his career, Norris is 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to complete the sweep after their victory in game two on Saturday. Oscar Mercado and Jose Ramirez each had an RBI with Mercado going 2 for 3 with a double while Ramirez had a triple. Mike Freeman went 2 for 3 while Jason Kipnis added a base knock as well to finish off the Tribe’s offense in the winning effort. Aaron Civale got the win to improve to 1-0 on the year after tossing six shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out six. Brad Hand closed out the 9th for his 22nd save of the year. Zach Plesac will start game three and is 2-2 with a 2.56 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Plesac’s first career start against Detroit.
Detroit is 0-5 in their last 5 division games and 7-19 in Norris’ last 26 starts while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 road games. Cleveland is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 7-1 in their last 8 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 division games. Detroit is 18-49 in the last 67 meetings between these two teams and 7-22 in the last 29 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
I’d like to give the Tigers a shot here with the decent-sized plus money, but the fact is that the Tigers have shown no reason for us to back them even as heavy underdogs. Norris has had some success against Cleveland, and is a better pitcher on the road than at home, but Detroit just doesn’t have the firepower to keep up in a shootout and can’t hang in a low-scoring grind it out type of game. Plesac has allowed two runs or less in four of his first five starts and I think he can silence an anemic Tigers’ offense here as well, so I’ll side with Cleveland for the sweep and to cut down some of the heavy juice, I’ll back the Tribe on the RL.