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Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Tuesday April 9, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Detroit Tigers +139 / Cleveland Indians -150
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, SportsTime Ohio
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The Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers meet in game one of a three game AL Central division set from Comerica Park on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cleveland Indians will look to stay hot after completing the four game sweep of Toronto, including a 3-1 win in the series finale on Sunday. Tyler Naquin went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI while Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana each had an RBI to round out Cleveland’s scoring with Santana adding a double as well. Jake Bauers chipped in a two-bagger of his own to cap off Cleveland’s offensive output in the winning effort. Mike Clevinger got the win to improve to 1-0 after throwing five shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out ten. Brad Hand closed out the 9th for his 4th save of the season. Corey Kluber will start game one and is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kluber is 11-7 with a 3.55 ERA and 165 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to add to their current 5-game winning streak, completing the sweep of the Royals with a 3-1 win in their series finale on Sunday. Christin Stewart went 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs while Nick Castellanos and Jordy Mercer each had a double and Miguel Cabrera added a base hit of his own to round out Detroit’s offense as a team in the winning effort. Tyson Ross got the win to improve to 1-1 after allowing the one run on five hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Shane Greene closed out the 9th for his 7th save of the season. Jordan Zimmermann will start game one and is 0-0 with a 0.66 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. In his career, Zimmermann is 0-5 with an 11.08 ERA and 20 strikeouts against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 27-9 in Kluber’s last 36 division starts while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a right-handed starter. Detroit is 6-15 in Zimmermann’s last 21 home starts and 5-0 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a right-handed starter. Cleveland is 5-0 in Kluber’s last 5 starts against Detroit and 5-1 in Kluber’s last 6 road starts against the Tigers while Detroit is 0-6 in Zimmermann’s last 6 starts against Cleveland and 0-4 in Zimmermann’s last 4 home starts against the Indians.

I really want to take the plus money with Detroit at home considering how well Zimmermann has pitched to start the year, allowing just one run in 13.2 innings of work. However, while Kluber hasn’t pitched all that well this season, the Indians’ ace has still had a lot of success against Detroit, while we can’t say the same for Zimmermann against the Indians, like at all. I think Kluber finally settles down and picks up the win here, so even on the road, I feel that laying the juice with the Indians has to be the play here.

Cleveland Indians -150

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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