Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
|Date & Time||Friday June 14, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Detroit Tigers +140 / Cleveland Indians -160
FS-Detroit, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers meet in game one of a three game AL Central division set from Comerica Park on Friday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back after settling for a series split with the Cincinnati Reds, dropping the finale by a final score of 7-2 last time out. Carlos Santana had a solo home run while Mike Freeman added an RBI of his own to round out the Tribe’s offense in defeat. Tyler Naquin went 2 for 4 with a double while Francisco Lindor and Jake Bauers each had base hits as well in the losing effort. Zach Plesac gave up four runs on five hits while striking out six over 5.1 innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 1-2 this season. Adam Plutko will start game one and is 2-1 with a 5.19 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Plutko’s second career start against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to rebound after losing their series with Kansas City, dropping the finale on Thursday by a final score of 7-3. Ronny Rodriguez, Harold Castro and Victor Reyes each had an RBI while Brandon Dixon went 2 for 4 and Dawel Lugo had a triple. JaCoby Jones and Miguel Cabrera each added base hits as well as the Tigers had seven hits as a team in the losing effort. Matthew Boyd gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits while striking out seven over four innings of work, falling to 5-5 on the year as a result. Ryan Carpenter will start game one and is 1-3 with a 7.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Carpenter’s second career start against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 4-1 in Plutko’s last 5 starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 6-0-1 in their last 7 Friday games. Detroit is 2-5 in Carpenter’s last 7 starts and 5-21 in their last 26 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 5-2-2 in their last 9 series opening matchups. Cleveland is 45-18 in the last 63 meetings between these two teams and 13-5 in the last 18 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.
I wish I could give the Tigers a shot at home against Plutko, who is still trying to get his feet underneath him after his first start in a few weeks and has just three starts this season, but the problem is that Carpenter has been shaky as a starter this season, giving up at least six earned in three of his six starts this season. Detroit simply has a hard time stringing wins together, and while Cleveland is still a .500 team right now, they’re a better option than Detroit right now so I’ll lay the juice with Cleveland on the road here.