Cleveland Indians (47-47) at Detroit Tigers (53-38)
|Date & Time||Saturday July 19, 2014, 7:08 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers -174 / Cleveland Indians +164 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers play game two of a doubleheader on Saturday night at Comerica Park.
The Indians have won five of their last seven games and are one game above a .500 record. The Indians offense is playing a more consistently as of late, producing four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Indians have won 10 of their last 11 when scoring more than three runs. Asdrubal Cabrera has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Nick Swisher has 13 hits in his last 10 games. Zach McAllister takes the mound, and he’s 3-5 with a 5.63 ERA and has 45 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. McAllister is 1-2 with a 5.02 ERA in eight career starts against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 8-5 in the month of July and 14 games above a .500 record. The Tigers pitching staff continues to be shaky, however, allowing 14 runs in their last two games and allowing four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Tigers have an ERA of 3.97, 22nd in baseball. Offensively, J.D. Martinez has five hits in his last three games. Starting is Max Scherzer, who is 11-3 with a 3.35 ERA and has 146 strikeouts in 126.1 innings. Scherzer is 9-4 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 career starts against the Indians.
The Indians are 1-4 in McAllisters last 5 starts as an underdog and 5-2 in McAllisters last 7 starts vs. American League Central. The Tigers are 28-7 in Scherzers last 35 starts during game 3 of a series and 39-13 in Scherzers last 52 starts overall. The Tigers are 7-1 in Scherzers last 8 starts vs. Indians, while the Indians are 5-2 in McAllisters last 7 starts vs. Tigers.
I usually like to take the team that lost the first game of a doubleheader, but for the sake of the article I'm taking the Indians simply because the line is just too juicy to pass up. Simply a shot in the dark here.