Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.24 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (11-12) meet Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 6.08 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (14-11) in the second of a three-game division series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 7-3, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 4 and will air on STOh and FSDT.
In his last start, Kluber pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs (one unearned) and striking out six in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies. Tyler Naquin (.333, 8 Rs, 2 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Tigers were victorious the last time Sanchez pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out nine and walking seven in a 7-3 victory over the Athletics. Nick Castellanos (.368, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Indians -170 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5.
The previous four games have all gone Cleveland's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians sit at 6-3 against their divisional rivals, while the Tigers are 4-6.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Tigers have a 4-7 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 2-6. The Tigers have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Cleveland has hit 22 this season. Detroit ranks 10th with 31 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Cleveland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.35 per game. Detroit ranks in the top five with 9.48.
Ranking 19th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.706). Detroit ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .760.
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.