In the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (8-7) and the Cleveland Indians (7-7) at Comerica Park, Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 4.60 ERA) and Corey Kluber (0-3, 6.16 ERA) take the mound. The Indians won the last game 2-1, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 23 and will air on STOh and FSDT.
In his last start, Sanchez pitched 5.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out eight and walking two in a 5-4 loss to the Astros. Ian Kinsler (.358, 14 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Indians were also unsuccessful the last time Kluber pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 6-0 loss to the Mets. Marlon Byrd (.250, 4 Rs, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Indians -110 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 at the moment. The Tigers have a SU record of 1-1 against teams in their division. The Tigers rank second in the AL in hits with 9.7 per game. An area where the Tigers are particularly strong at home is striking batters out, where they average an AL-best 5.8 K's per home game.
The only other game between the two teams went Cleveland's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Indians sit at 2-1 against the division, while the Tigers are 1-3
Detroit has won 50% (3-3) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Cleveland has won 67% (4-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 2-4 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 5-1. The Tigers have a 6-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Cleveland sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 55 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 13th with 68.
Detroit and Cleveland both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 24th with 42 this season and Cleveland ranks 23rd with 44.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 7-3. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 4-4 record.