Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians - 6/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 12:10 PM (Comerica Park)
Detroit Tigers +140 / Cleveland Indians -160
TV: FS-Detroit, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers meet in the finale of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Sunday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the series following a 4-2 win over Detroit in game two on Saturday. Jordan Luplow had a double and an RBI while Jose Ramirez and Kevin Plawecki each had RBIs as well in the victory. Oscar Mercado went 2 for 5 and Leonys Martin had a double while Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana each had base hits as well in the win. Shane Bieber gave up two runs on four hits while striking out 12 over 7.2 innings of work to improve to 6-2 on the year. Brad Hand closed out the 9th for his 20th save of the year. Trevor Bauer will start game three and is 4-6 with a 3.71 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bauer is 8-6 with a 5.67 ERA and 99 strikeouts against Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping Saturday’s game two. Brandon Dixon accounted for both Tiger RBIs while Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a double. Niko Goodrum added a two-bagger of his own while Nick Castellanos chipped in a base hit as well to round out Detroit’s offense as the Tigers had just six hits as a team in the loss. Gregory Soto threw four shutout innings, giving up just two hits, not factoring in the decision. Nick Ramirez took the loss, falling to 3-1 on the year. Spencer Turnbull will start the finale and is 3-5 with a 2.78 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. This will be Turnbull’s second career start against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 1-4 in Bauer’s last 5 starts and 2-7 in their last 9 Sunday games while the under is 46-11-7 in Bauer’s last 64 road starts. Detroit is 1-5 in Turnbull’s last 6 starts and 16-35 in their last 51 home games while the under is 4-0 in Turnbull’s last 4 division starts. Cleveland is 4-1 in Bauer’s last 5 starts against Detroit.
Turnbull has pitched well this season, but the issue is that the Tigers keep wasting solid performances from him as the offense doesn’t produce or the Tigers keep finding ways to lose games later on. Bauer hasn’t been great and has an inflated ERA against Detroit in his career, but the Tribe have had success with Bauer on the bump against Detroit and given the form of both teams, I think that laying the juice with Cleveland is the play here.