Shane Greene (1-1, 7.15 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (2-0, 2.79 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (8-8) and the Cleveland Indians (8-7) at Comerica Park. The Indians won the last game 10-1, and Cleveland leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on STOh, FSDT and MLBN.
Greene pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven runs, striking out two and walking four in an 8-6 defeat to the Royals. J.D. Martinez (.300, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Carrasco went 6.1 innings, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking three in a 3-2 win over the Mariners in his last outing. Rajai Davis (.269, 6 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Indians, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
The odds for Detroit and Cleveland are Indians -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now. Within its division, Detroit has a record of 3-1 SU. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Tigers, who lead the AL in strikeouts per home game with 6.3.
Moving on to Cleveland's pitching staff and defense, the Indians allow just two runs per road game, ranking them third in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.127 for the season.
The Indians have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians hold a 3-1 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Tigers have a 1-4 record against the division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Tigers are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Indians have a slight leg up on the Tigers, as the Indians have won their last two games while the Tigers have lost their last three.
The Tigers and the Indians are both 6-1 when they notch more hits than their opponent.
Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total runs this season, Detroit ranks 16th with 69 runs and Cleveland is 20th with 65.
Detroit and Cleveland both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 29th with 42 this season and Cleveland ranks 24th with 46.
The Tigers are 7-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 5-4 when they hit at least one homer.