In the first of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (2-1) and the Detroit Tigers (2-1) at Progressive Field, Zach McAllister (4-7, 5.23 ERA) and Alfredo Simon (15-10, 3.44 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and will air on FSN-DET and STO.
McAllister is 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 22 walks against the Tigers in his career. Jose Ramirez (.200 ) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, one RBI, and two stolen bases. In his career against the Indians, Simon is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 15 strikeouts. Anthony Gose (.545 ) has been doing well to start the season, going 3 for 5 yesterday with three runs and one stolen base.
Cleveland is favored by a small -106 margin in its matchup against Detroit. The matchup currently has an eight-run Over/Under (O/U). The Indians rank fifth in the majors in home runs with four. Turning to the pitching staff, the Indians are fourth in the league in WHIP at 0.77.
Detroit is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 13 extra base hits. The Tigers have racked up four steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. The Tigers are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an AL-low 0.00 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 0.63, second best in the MLB.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
Cleveland and Detroit are both undefeated when they take a lead into the 8th inning. Cleveland is 1-0 in these instances and Detroit is 2-0.
Ranking ninth in home runs, Detroit has hit three this season. Cleveland ranks fifth with four home runs.
Ranking 11th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 5.00 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five at second with 12.50.
Ranking 12th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.645). Detroit ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .979.