Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (7-5, 4.35 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (32-29) and the Cleveland Indians (28-32) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 4-0 and Detroit leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:08 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 13 and can be seen on STO and FSN-DET.
Verlander is 18-16 with a 4.42 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 279 strikeouts against the Indians. Miguel Cabrera (.330, 33 Rs, 13 HRs, 43 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and four RBIs. Carrasco is 2-6 with a 7.20 ERA against the Tigers in his career. He takes on a good Detroit offense that's batting .274. Michael Brantley (.308, 24 Rs, 4 HRs, 33 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Detroit is a -123 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 -110 and a record as the favorite of 20-17. Detroit has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 15-6 and 20-11 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Tigers have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 5.0 runs per game. They average 4.1 runs per game on the season. The Tigers lead the AL in hits with an impressive 9.3 per game. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 47 bases.
In games where it is the underdog, Cleveland has a 10-10 record and an overall money line of -961. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 5-5 SU record over the same span. Cleveland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.7 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 9.5 strikeouts per game.
The Tigers have controlled the season series, 6-1. The Tigers have a 21-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Carrasco takes the mound. Verlander (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 17-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers hold a 21-11 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Indians have a 12-19 record against the division.
When leading after 7 innings, Detroit is 15-11, while Cleveland is 9-11.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 1-2 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 2-20. The Indians have a 4-25 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, Detroit has hit 47 this season. Cleveland ranks 17th with 52 home runs.
Ranking first in hits, Detroit has earned 9.35 per game this season. Cleveland ranks fifth with 8.63 hits.
Ranking seventh, Cleveland is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.728). Detroit ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .746.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 19-24. When the Tigers allow one or more homers, they have an 11-20 record.