Danny Salazar (6-2, 3.56 ERA) and David Price (6-2, 2.50 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (32-37) and the Detroit Tigers (36-34) at Progressive Field. The Tigers won the last game 8-5 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and can be seen on FSN-DET and STO.
Salazar is 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA in his appearances against the Tigers, but goes up against a good Detroit offense which is batting .274 this season. Jason Kipnis (.346, 47 Rs, 5 HRs, 30 RBIs, 10 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. When pitching against the Indians, Price is 8-1 with a 2.11 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 74 strikeouts. Miguel Cabrera (.350, 41 Rs, 15 HRs, 52 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Cleveland is a -117 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Indians have an overall money line of -1,256 and a record as the favorite of 21-25. Cleveland has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 7-13 and 13-20 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Indians have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.5 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. Cleveland's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.8 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Indians, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 9.3.
In games where it is the underdog, Detroit has a 13-16 record and an overall money line of -178. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 2-5 record, and a 4-6 record SU. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fourth in the AL. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 9.4 hits per game. The Tigers are an excellent base stealing team with 52 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. The Tigers allow 4.3 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.6 runs per game during that span.
The Tigers have controlled the season series, 8-2. The Indians have an 11-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Price takes the mound. Salazar (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 25-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers hold a 23-12 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Indians have a 13-21 record against the division.
When the Tigers play into extra innings, they have a 3-3 record. The Indians are 1-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 4-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 32-8. The Indians have a 25-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Cleveland has earned 277 this season. Detroit ranks 11th with 301 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Cleveland has earned 255 this season. Detroit ranks ninth with 215 walks.
The Indians are 24-16 when they hit at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 26-11 record.