Kyle Lobstein (1-1, 3.27 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 2.38 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (12-6) and the Cleveland Indians (6-10) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 4-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and can be seen on STO and FSN-DET.
Lobstein is 1-0 with a 5.28 ERA in his appearances against the Indians, but goes up against a below-average Cleveland offense which is batting just .234 this season. Rajai Davis (.297, 8 Rs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 6 SBs) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with three runs and three stolen bases. Carrasco is 2-5 with a 6.86 ERA when pitching against the Tigers. He is up against a quality Detroit offense which is hitting .281 this season. Michael Brantley (.359, 4 Rs, 6 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Indians, going 4 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Detroit is a -117 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 +420 and a record as the favorite of 7-5. Detroit has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 6-2 and 8-2 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Tigers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.6 runs per game. The Tigers are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 9.5 per game. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 19 bases. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Tigers, who have a team ERA of only 3.73.
In games where it is the underdog, Cleveland has a 3-3 record and an overall money line of -465. They are 2-2 as the underdog against AL Central foes, and 4-8 SU. Cleveland is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 6.5 per game, ranking second in the AL. Shifting to the pitching staff and defense, the The Indians allow just two runs per road game, ranking them first in the AL. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 10.5 strikeouts per game.
The Tigers lead the season series, 4-1. The Tigers have a 7-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Carrasco takes the mound. Lobstein (LHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 1-5 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers hold a 9-2 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Indians have a 4-9 record against the division.
The Indians are 0-1 when they go into extra innings.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Indians are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 5-1. The Tigers have a 10-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Cleveland has earned 58 this season. Detroit ranks seventh with 82 runs.
Ranking 19th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 47 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at third with 66.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 8-3, well-matched with the Indians who are 5-3 when hitting one or more homers.