David Price (5-2, 2.70 ERA) and Danny Salazar (6-1, 3.50 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (31-29) and the Cleveland Indians (28-31) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 12 and can be seen on STO and FSN-DET.
Price is 7-1 with a 2.40 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 66 strikeouts against the Indians. Yoenis Cespedes (.302, 33 Rs, 9 HRs, 33 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 2 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. Salazar is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA when pitching against the Tigers. He is up against a good Detroit offense which is hitting .274 this season. Michael Brantley (.304, 24 Rs, 4 HRs, 33 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Detroit is a -155 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven 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 46 bases.
In games where it is the underdog, Cleveland has a 10-10 record and an overall money line of -1,061. 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 6.6 per game, ranking third in the AL. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 9.6 strikeouts per game.
The Tigers have controlled the season series, 5-1. The Tigers have a 21-23 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Salazar takes the mound. Price (LHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 10-13 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers sit at 20-11 against their divisional rivals, while the Indians are 12-18.
For the fifth time this season, the Tigers registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Tigers play into extra innings, they have a 3-2 record. The Indians are 1-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 2-1 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 27-7. The Indians have a 23-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th in runs, Detroit has earned 248 this season. Cleveland ranks ninth with 253 runs.
Cleveland tops the league in walks with 224 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 187.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 21-9, well-matched with the Indians who are 22-14 when hitting one or more homers.