Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians
The Detroit Tigers look to extend their lead in the American League Central as they host the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers are -145 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Detroit Tigers grabbed an all-important win on Friday extending their lead in the American League Central to two and a half games over the Indians. Austin Jackson, Alex Avila, and Johnny Peralta all homered as the Tigers scored four times on eight hits. On the mound starter Max Scherzer allowed five hits and a run while striking out six over seven innings to earn his 13th win of the year and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth inning to earn his 36th save. For Saturday’s game Detroit starts Doug Fister who makes his third start since being traded to the Tigers. Since being traded Fister has allowed 24 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out five over 14.2 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians were hoping to shrink Detroit’s lead, instead they let it grow another game. Carlos Santana had a hit and scored and Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Brantley each had hits as the Indians scored just a run on five hits in the loss. Justin Tomlin allowed six hits and four runs over 6.2 innings of work to get hung with the loss. For Saturday’s game Cleveland starts David Huff who was washed out in his last start as the rain came after he threw just three pitches. For the season Huff has allowed 14 hits and a run while striking out 15 in 17.2 innings of work.
Detroit is 7-1 in their last eight game two of a series, 2-5 in their last seven games against a left handed starter, and 6-2 in their last eight games against a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 4-0 in their last four game two of a series, 1-6 in their last seven road games against a right handed starter, and 0-6 in Huff’s last six starts against a team with a winning record. Cleveland is 7-21 in their last 28 games in Detroit.
Scoring was tough on Friday and it doesn’t look to get much easier here as nine is just a big number. Take the under 9.