In the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (61-73) and the Cleveland Indians (65-68) at Comerica Park, Alfredo Simon (11-9, 5.09 ERA) and Danny Salazar (12-7, 3.27 ERA) take the mound. The Indians won the last game 8-1 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:08 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 5 and will air on STOh and FSDT.
In his last start, Simon pitched 5.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out two and walking two in a 9-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Miguel Cabrera (.360, 56 Rs, 17 HRs, 68 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Indians were victorious the last time Salazar pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out 10 and walking one in a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Michael Brantley (.322, 62 Rs, 12 HRs, 75 RBIs, 14 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Indians, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Detroit is a +153 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Tigers perform poorly as an underdog with a 27-44 record and have an overall money line of -1,074. They are 1-8 as the underdog over their last 10 games. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Detroit pitchers. The Tigers have given up an average of 8.3 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 5.0 runs per game.
On the other side, the Indians have a record of 44-40 when they are favored and are -1,495 overall with the money line. Over the last 10 games, they were unbeaten as the favorite with a perfect 5-0 record and 7-3 SU. The Indians average 3.4 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL. The Indians are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an AL-low 3.41 ERA on the road this season. They have a WHIP of 1.19 on the year, good for third in the league. The Cleveland pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an AL-best 8.9 strikeouts per game.
The Tigers had the upper hand against the Indians in their previous 13 games this season, earning a 9-4 record. The Tigers will take on a right-hander (Salazar) in this game and have a 43-57 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Indians will be the right-hander Simon. They sport a 47-41 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Indians currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 19-31, and the Tigers have a 31-23 record.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Tigers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Indians have a 25-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 7-51. The Indians have a 9-50 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Cleveland has hit 110 this season. Detroit ranks 14th with 133 home runs.
Detroit ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.45 per game this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.64.
Ranking 14th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.722). Detroit ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .755.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 39-55. When the Tigers allow one or more homers, they have a 30-58 record.