Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
|Date & Time||Thursday April 11, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Indians -141 / Detroit Tigers +120 -- Over/Under: 8
The Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers meet Thursday in MLB action at Comerica Park.
The Cleveland Indians look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Indians have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Cleveland Indians have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than one run. Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 14 hits and eight RBI while Tyler Naquin and Jake Bauers have combined for 14 hits and four RBI. Shane Bieber gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Bieber is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Detroit Tigers look for another win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Tigers have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Detroit Tigers are 8-1 this season when scoring at least two runs. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with 12 hits and two RBI while Miguel Cabrera and Niko Goodrum have combined for 23 hits and nine RBI Spencer Turnbull gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s second career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 47-20 in their last 67 Thursday games, 42-19 in their last 61 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Bieber's last 5 starts. The Tigers are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games, 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter and 5-1 in their last 6 games on grass. The Indians are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and 44-17 in the last 61 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Tigers last 11 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Bieber's last 5 road starts.
You could make a case for either of these teams with them playing hot baseball out of the gate, but I'm not trying to back Turnbull, a pitcher who has had control issues and trouble keeping runs off the board in his short MLB career. In 27.1 career innings, Turnbull has walked eight batters and allowed 27 hits and 16 earned runs. Bieber was much better on the road than he was at home last season and the Indians have won four of his last five starts overall. I'm going to side with the Cleveland Indians to win the rubber game of this series.