TJ House (first start) and Kyle Lobstein (1-2, 4.35 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (2-3) and the Detroit Tigers (5-0) at Progressive Field. The Tigers won the last game 9-6, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 12 and can be seen on FSN-DET+ and STO.
House is making his first start of the season. Carlos Santana (.312 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs. Against the Indians, Lobstein is 0-0 with a 5.23 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts. Ian Kinsler (.455 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Tigers, going 4 for 5 yesterday with three runs and two RBIs.
Cleveland is a -118 favorite against Detroit and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Indians have an overall money line of -28 and a record as the favorite of 1-1.
Offensively, they average 7.5 runs per game, which is tops in the AL. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, leading the AL with 18.0 hits per road game. The Tigers are an excellent base stealing team with seven stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB. Detroit's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 1.00 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Tigers are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.96 for the season.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers are a perfect 5-0 against division rivals, while the winless Indians are 0-2 against their foes.
The Indians managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are coming in with a 3-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the Indians, as the Tigers have won their last five games while the Indians have lost their last two.
Ranking 11th in home runs, Cleveland has hit four this season. Detroit ranks eighth with five home runs.
Detroit tops the league in hits with 13.25 per game this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fifth with 7.75.
Detroit tops the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .971 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .653.