Matchup: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Date/Time: September 12, 7:08 p.m. ET
TV: MLB Network
MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook
Probable Starters: CLE: Carlos Carrasco (7-4, 2.69) v. DET: David Price (13-11, 3.33)
Moneyline: Detroit -155
The Detroit Tigers enjoyed an off day while the Indians had to play two games on Thursday. The silver lining for the Tribe is that they won both of them and saved the bullpen for the most part as Corey Kluber threw 8.1 spectacular innings in the first game and TJ House followed with seven shutout innings in the second game. It will be up to Carrasco to continue the dominant run of Indians pitching, which has kept them on the fringes of the playoff race because they have scored three runs or less in 15 of their last 20 games. The Tigers, meanwhile, took the first two against the Royals before letting the Royals leave town in first place with James Shields’s excellent performance in the series finale.
Carlos Carrasco has been downright terrific for the Indians over his last six starts. Since returning to the rotation, Carrasco is 4-0 with a 0.70 ERA over his last 38.2 innings of work. The move to the bullpen helped Carrasco because he was able to straighten out his mechanics from the stretch and also got some experience in managing his emotions while pitching in high-leverage situations. Carrasco has 42 strikeouts and just four walks in that span. He was 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA in his first four starts before being sent to the bullpen. He’s been a huge part of the Indians’ push to stay relevant in the playoff hunt.
Speaking of playoff hunt additions, the Tigers picked up David Price so that he could pitch in games like this – a meaningful game in September. It turned out that the Price addition was more important that GM Dave Dombrowski ever thought because of an injury to Anibal Sanchez. The Tigers are just 3-4 in Price’s seven starts since he was acquired and he has a 4.10 ERA. He gave up five runs in 8.2 innings of work in his last start against the Giants, one of three non-quality starts since being acquired. Price threw seven innings of one-run ball in his only start against the Indians as a member of the Tigers.
Carrasco is 2-4 with a 7.08 ERA in his career against the Tigers, which covers six starts and five relief appearances. This season, however, Carrasco has allowed just two runs in 11.2 innings with 19 strikeouts in four relief appearances and one start against the Tigers. The Indians are 5-5 in Carrasco’s 10 starts for a loss of 1.86 units.
Price is 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA against the Indians in eight starts. This season, Price has just the one start with seven strong innings. He has a 53/22 K/BB ratio in 50.1 innings of work. The Tigers are 3-4 for a loss of 2.56 units in Price’s seven starts. The Rays were 14-9, yet still garnered a loss due to the heavy juice.
Free MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers
The Indians really struggle to hit lefties and they struggle overall against the Detroit Tigers. With a chance to really put themselves into the playoff hunt, they lost three out of four to the Tigers in Cleveland just a couple weeks ago. It’s tough lay an inflated number with a guy like Price, but the Indians have really not played well over the last two seasons against the Tigers and Carrasco is due to fall apart at some point.