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Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/15/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Monday July 15, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, OH
The Line
Cleveland Indians -165 / Detroit Tigers +145
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, SportsTime Ohio
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The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians meet in game one of a four game set in MLB action from Progressive Field in MLB action on Monday.

The Detroit Tigers will look to build some team after snapping a five game losing streak and avoiding the sweep at the hands of Kansas City with a 12-8 win in Sunday’s series finale. Jeimer Candelario had three RBIs with a double while Harold Castro, Brandon Dixon, Niko Goodrum and Gordon Beckham each added two RBIs with Beckham belting a home run. Christin Stewart chipped in an RBI to finish off Detroit’s scoring as a team in the win while Nick Castellanos and John Hicks each had two hits and Victor Reyes added a base hit as well in the victory. Jordan Zimmermann gave up seven runs on eight hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Nick Ramirez got the win in relief to improve to 4-3 on the year. Daniel Norris will start game one and is 2-8 with a 4.96 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. In his career, Norris is 3-2 with a 4.37 ERA and 37 strikeouts against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will also look to pick up some momentum after avoiding the sweep against Minnesota with a 4-3 victory in Sunday’s series finale. Carlos Santana had a solo home run while Jose Ramirez, Greg Allen and Tyler Naquin each had an RBI to finish off Cleveland’s scoring in the win with Ramirez and Naquin each adding a double and Naquin going 2 for 3 at the dish. Jake Bauers had a double of his own while Jason Kipnis added a base hit to round out the Tribe’s offense in the winning effort. Shane Bieber gave up three runs on five hits while striking out nine over 6.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Adam Cimber got the win to improve to 5-2 on the year in relief while Brad Hand struck out the side in the 9th for his 24th save of the year. Adam Plutko will start game one and is 3-1 with a 4.95 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. In his career, Plutko is 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Detroit.

Detroit is 12-40 in their last 52 games overall and 6-22 in Norris’ last 28 starts while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 road games. Cleveland is 4-0 in Plutko’s last 4 starts and 7-2 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a left-handed starter. Detroit is 18-51 in the last 69 meetings between these two teams and 7-24 in the last 31 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.

Both of these starters got knocked around in their last appearance, with Plutko’s five runs in 4.2 innings against Baltimore maybe being the more surprising result of the two. However, the Tigers haven’t had much luck with Norris on the mound for quite some time now and Norris has allowed six runs in two of his last three starts, totalling 14 runs over 17 innings of work in losing his last three starts. The Indians have also been playing the better baseball of the two sides lately so I’ll lay the juice with Cleveland in this spot.

Pick:
Cleveland Indians -165

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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