Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers
The Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers face off on Tuesday for game one of their A.L. Central series. The Indians are -115 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under set at 9 runs.
The Cleveland Indians are quietly going about their business this season and like last year they are having early success. The Indians are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 11-12 at home this season, and they have a 2.5 game lead in the American League Central. As a team the Indians are hitting .245 with Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .309, Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .267, and Carlos Santana is hitting .261. As a team the Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 4.04 with the starters at 3.92 and the bullpen at 4.26. For game one against the Tigers Cleveland starts Ubaldo Jimenez who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Jimenez has allowed 46 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 28 over 46 innings of work for a 5.09 ERA.
So far this season the Detroit Tigers are falling short of their lofty expectations as their hitting hasn’t been good enough to compensate for their lack of starting pitching. The Tigers are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 9-9 on the road this season, and are in third place in the A.L. Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .257 with Austin Jackson at .331, Miguel Cabrera at .307, and Prince Fielder at .301. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.17 with the starters at 3.80 and the bullpen at 4.86. For game one at Cleveland Detroit starts Rick Porcello who has been feast or famine all year. For the season Porcello has allowed 55 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 27 over 45.2 innings of work for a 5.12 ERA.
Cleveland is 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 6-2 in their last eight games against the A.L. Central, and 1-4 in Jimenez’s last five starts against the A.L. Central. Detroit is 4-1 in their last five games as a road underdog, 3-13 in their last 16 games following a win, and 11-4 in Porcello’s last 15 road starts. Detroit has won their last four in Cleveland.
Jimenez can be wild but he is the better option here as Porcello’s line and his performance this season suggest he is going to get tagged hard here.
Cleveland Indians -115 Detroit Tigers