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How To Bet On The Tigers vs Indians

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The Cleveland Indians will be looking to extend their division lead over the Detroit Tigers when they meet in the final game before the All Star break.

Cleveland Trying To Extend AL Central Lead Against Detroit

  • What: Tigers vs Indians
  • When: 8:00 PM ET, July 9, 2017
  • Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Moneyline: TBD
  • Over/Under: TBD
  • Coverage: TBS

Detroit Tigers Analysis

The Tigers came into the season with playoff aspirations after injuries to a few key players derailed their season last year.

So far, they find themselves in 4th place in the division, but thanks to the Indians struggling at the beginning of the season, they are only seven games out of first place.

Detroit missed an opportunity to reduce the lead last week when they hosted the Indians, losing two out of three to Cleveland.

This time, they will face the division leaders on the road, but they can still cut Cleveland’s lead by winning the series.

Detroit’s pitching rotation, which was one of the best in baseball a few years ago, isn’t as good as it used to be due to players leaving in free agency and age.

For the season, the team’s pitching staff has a 4.83 ERA, which is 27th in the league, and opponents are batting .268 against them, which is 25th in the league.

While Detroit’s pitching is one of the worst in baseball, the offense is very average.

As a team, Detroit has a batting average of .255, which is 15th in the league, and the team has scored 402 runs, which is 14th in the league.

Coming into Thursday, Nick Castellanos had 77 hits, 39 runs, 10 homers and 44 RBI, while Justin Upton had 75 hits, 49 runs, 15 homers and 54 RBI.

Starting Pitcher Analysis

The Tigers will give Michael Fulmer the start. For the season, Fulmer is 8-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 16 starts.

Despite the Tigers’ struggles this year, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year is in the top 10 in most major pitching categories and has been one of the most consistent performers on the team this year.

Tigers Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
  • Detroit is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road

Cleveland Indians Analysis

After a trip to the World Series last year, the Indians struggled at the start of the season but seem to have found their groove.

The Indians have won five of their last eight games and are currently on top of the AL Central, one game ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs.

A lot of Cleveland’s success can be attributed to the pitching staff, which has been one of the best in the league for the past two years.

Cleveland’s pitchers have a combined 3.83 ERA, which is good for 3rd in the league. Opponents are also hitting .240 against them, which is the 5th best average in the league.

Cleveland’s batters have been slightly above average this season, and have a .260 batting average, which is 12th in the league. Their 403 runs scored is 13th in the league.

Heading into Thursday, Jose Ramirez had 102 hits, 59 runs, 15 homers and 42 RBI, while Francisco Lindor had 83 hits, 45 runs, 14 homers and 40 RBI.

Starting Pitcher Analysis

The Indians will give Corey Kluber the start. In 13 starts, Kluber is 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA.

The 2014 Cy Young award winner is also in the top 5 of every major pitching category.

Kluber has been exceptional lately, allowing only two earned runs in his last four starts, earning him the June AL Pitcher of the Month Award.

Indians Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cleveland's last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games at home
  • Cleveland is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Detroit

Pick and Predictions

The Indians will dominate the Tigers on their way to an easy victory. Cleveland is the smart play here.

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