Justin Verlander (3-6, 3.40 ERA) and Cody Anderson (2-3, 4.17 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (61-73) and the Cleveland Indians (65-68) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 6-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 6 and can be seen on STOh and FSDT.
Verlander pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs (two unearned), striking out four and walking one in a 6-5 win over the Royals. Miguel Cabrera (.360, 56 Rs, 17 HRs, 68 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Anderson went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking two in a 5-3 defeat to the Blue Jays in his last outing. Michael Brantley (.322, 62 Rs, 12 HRs, 75 RBIs, 14 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Indians, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Detroit is a -143 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have an overall money line of -1,174 and a record as the favorite of 34-28. Detroit is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 2-8 SU record in its last ten outings. Detroit's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 7.9 runs per game, well above its season average of 5.1.
In games where it is the underdog, Cleveland has a 20-28 record and an overall money line of -1,395. Despite an underwhelming record as the underdog over their last 10 games (1-3), they pulled off an impressive 7-3 SU record. Offensively, the Indians have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.1 runs per game by averaging 5.4 during that stretch. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with 3.4 per game, ranking second in the AL. Cleveland's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.37 ERA on the road. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.19 for the season. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.9 strikeouts per game.
The Tigers have controlled the season series, 9-4. The Tigers have a 43-58 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Verlander (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 47-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Indians are struggling at 19-31 in their division, while the Tigers sit at 31-23.
When leading after 7 innings, Cleveland is 21-22, while Detroit is 28-33.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Indians are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have an 11-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 51-17. The Indians have a 55-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Cleveland has earned 546 this season. Detroit ranks ninth with 582 runs.
Ranking 17th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 370 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fourth with 451.
The Tigers are 45-34 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 48-27 when they hit at least one homer.