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Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Thursday July 18, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Detroit Tigers +170 / Cleveland Indians -200 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
FSDT, STOh
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The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians meet Thursday in MLB action at Progressive Field.

The Detroit Tigers could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Tigers have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in three of their last six games. The Detroit Tigers have lost 14 straight games when scoring three or less runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 100 hits and 34 RBI while Miguel Cabrera and Niko Goodrum have combined for 160 hits and 67 RBI. Matthew Boyd gets the ball, and he is 6-7 with a 3.95 ERA and 152 strikeouts this season. Boyd is 2-3 with a 3.40 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Indians have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four straight games. The Cleveland Indians have won 10 straight games when scoring four or more runs. Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 97 hits and 54 RBI while Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez have combined for 168 hits and 75 RBI. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he is 8-7 with a 3.65 ERA and 160 strikeouts this season. Bauer is 9-6 with a 5.40 ERA and 112 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.

The Tigers are 7-20 in their last 27 during game 4 of a series, 1-7 in their last 8 Thursday games and 1-6 in Boyd's last 7 starts. The Indians are 8-3 in their last 11 home games, 52-24 in their last 76 Thursday games and 6-1 in Bauer's last 7 starts. The Tigers are 7-26 in the last 33 meetings in Cleveland, 2-6 in Boyd's last 8 starts vs. Indians and 1-4 in Boyd's last 5 road starts vs. Indians. The under is 4-1 in Indians last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Boyd's last 5 road starts.

Boyd had been lit up lately, allowing 27 earned runs in his last 41.1 innings, and he's allowed two or more homers in four of his last six games. Bauer has been shaky in his own right in his last three starts, but he's still a pitcher allowing just a .215 batting average on the season and is averaging 10.44 strikeouts per nine innings. Bauer is also in trade rumors for a possible contender, so he has every reason to put his best foot forward. Either way, the Indians have advantages across the board and the Tigers are piling up the losses and counting the days until the offseason. Give me the Indians.

Pick:
Cleveland Indians -200

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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