Shane Greene (3-0, 0.39 ERA) and Danny Salazar (1-0, 3.00 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (11-5) and the Cleveland Indians (5-9) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on STO and FSN-DET.
Greene pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out three and walking four in a 9-1 win over the White Sox. Anthony Gose (.350, 8 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Salazar is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA against the Tigers in his career. He is up against a quality Detroit offense that's batting .286.
Detroit is a -139 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers have recorded an overall money line of +638 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 7-3. Detroit has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 6-1 and 8-1 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Tigers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 5.1 runs per game. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 13 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Tigers, who have a team ERA of only 3.22. The Tigers are the fourth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 7.5 hits per game so far this season.
In the other locker room, Cleveland is coming in with an overall money line of -568 and a disappointing record of 2-3 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-2 record against AL Central rivals, and a 3-7 record SU. Cleveland is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 6.9 per game, ranking second in the AL. Moving on to Cleveland's pitching staff and defense, the The Indians allow just three runs per road game, ranking them first in the AL.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Tigers have a great 7-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Salazar takes the mound. Greene (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 4-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Under
The Tigers sit at 8-1 against the division, while the Indians are struggling at 3-8.
The Indians are 0-1 when they go into extra innings.
Having scored zero runs 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 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 4-1. The Tigers have a 10-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th in runs, Cleveland has earned 44 this season. Detroit ranks sixth with 77 runs.
Ranking 18th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 42 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 56.
The Tigers are 8-2 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 4-3 when they hit at least one homer.