Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians meet with the lead in the American League Central going to the winner. The Tigers are -165 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Detroit Tigers time on sole possession of first place in the AL Central didn’t last long as they fell to the Indians on Wednesday. Brennan Boesch homered and drove in two runs and Victor Martinez and Alex Avilla each had two hits but it wasn’t enough offense to take down the Tribe for a second night in a row. Starter Brad Penny didn’t last long as he allowed eight hits and four earned runs in just 3.1 innings of work but it was Charlie Furbush who took the loss as he allowed three hits and a run in 1.2 innings of work. On Thursday afternoon Detroit looks to bounce back as they send Max Scherzer out for the start. Scherzer has won his last two starts and for the season he has allowed 91 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 76 in 84 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians fell behind early on Wednesday but they bounced back and never trailed again as the won and regained a share of the American League Central lead. Orlando Cabrera had three hits and drove in two while Shin-Soo Choo had two hits and scored three times and Matt LaPorta had two hits and drove in two runs as part a 13 hit six run night for the Indians. Fausto Carmona ended his losing streak as he allowed seven hits and four runs while striking out three over five innings of work to earn his fourth win of the year while Chris Perez picked up his 17th save of the year. For Thursday’s game Cleveland starts Mitch Talbot who has lost three of his last four starts. For the season Talbot has allowed 40 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 23 in 33 and two-thirds innings on the mound.
Detroit is 8-3 in their last 11 home games, 12-5 in their last 17 games overall, and 10-4 in Scherzer’s last 14 starts. Cleveland is 2-4 in their last six road games, 3-10 in their last 13 games overall, and 4-1 in Talbot’s last five road starts. Cleveland is 8-20 in their last 28 games in Detroit.
Scherzer has been awful against Celveland going 1-4 but he should turn that around here and get the win. I’m taking the Tigers minus the 165.
Detroit Tigers -165 Cleveland Indians