Trevor Bauer (1-0, 5.28 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (12-12) go up against Michael Fulmer (1-0, 3.60 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (14-12) in the last of a three-game division series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 4-0, and Cleveland leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 5 and will air on STOh and FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Bauer pitched 4.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies. Carlos Santana (.244, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run. The Tigers were victorious over the Twins 9-2 the last time Fulmer pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking one. Nick Castellanos (.378, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Indians -125 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
In their previous five games this season, the Indians have a 5-0 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians hold a 7-3 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Tigers have a 4-7 record against the division.
When leading after seven innings, Cleveland is 5-3, while Detroit is 5-5.
The Tigers didn't score any runs in their last game. The Indians have a 2-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 2-6. The Tigers have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Cleveland has hit 22 this season. Detroit ranks 11th with 31 home runs.
Ranking 18th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.21 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 9.31.
Ranking 19th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.702). Detroit ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .748.
The Tigers are 7-8 when they allow at least one home run. The Indians perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 7-9 record.