15* AL Wednesday No-Doubt Rout on Detroit Tigers -108
Detroit vs. Cleveland,
05/23/2012 19:05 EDT,
Score: 2 - 4
Money Line: -108 Detroit
After losing the first game of this series and four of their last six overall to drop to 20-22 on the season, it's safe to say the underachieving Detroit Tigers are motivated for a win here tonight. I am backing them at a great price knowing that this team is better than Cleveland despite their records.
The biggest reason I'm backing the Tigers tonight is Doug Fister, who remains one of the most underrated starters in the league. Fister has posted a 1.59 ERA and 1.147 WHIP in four starts this season, yet he doesn't have a win due to poor run support. His teammates will be hungry to get him his first "W" of the season tonight.
The Indians will give the ball to Zach McAllister (1-1, 4.34), who is 0-1 with a 4.97 ERA in two starts since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replaced the injured Josh Tomlin (wrist) in the rotation. McAllister labored through 100 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of his latest outing Thursday, yielding four runs against lowly Seattle.
Fister is 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 0.908 WHIP in eight career starts against Cleveland. He is 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his last three starts against Cleveland while striking out 29 batters in 23 innings.
The Tigers are 10-3 in Fister's last 13 starts. Detroit is 38-15 in their last 53 games following a loss. The Tigers are 5-0 in Fister's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. Detroit is 7-1 in Fister's last 8 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Tigers are 10-1 in their last 11 meetings with the Indians. Roll with Detroit Wednesday.