Josh Tomlin (3-0, 3.18 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (10-12) go up against Justin Verlander (2-2, 5.46 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (14-10) in the first of a three-game division series at Progressive Field. The Tigers enter this series looking to continue a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 3 and will air on STOh and FSDT.
In his most recent outing, Tomlin pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking one in a 6-5 victory over the Twins. Carlos Santana (.244, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Tigers were also victorious the last time Verlander pitched. He tossed 6.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking two in a 9-4 victory over the Athletics. Victor Martinez (.350, 14 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Tigers, going 3 for 4 Sunday with two runs.
Verlander was outstanding in his last start against the Indians, but got no run support. The Indians have dropped five of six, all by one run, and are coming off of a much-needed off day.
Cleveland is a -120 favorite with a total of 8 for this slightly early Tuesday night start.
Pick - Detroit
The Indians hold a 5-3 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the Tigers currently sit at 4-5 in these games.
When leading after seven innings, Cleveland is 5-3, while Detroit is 5-5.
The Tigers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Indians have a record of 4-1 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 1-6. The Tigers have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Cleveland has hit 21 this season. Detroit ranks eighth with 30 home runs.
Cleveland and Detroit both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Cleveland sits at 23rd with 66 this season and Detroit ranks 26th with 65.
The Indians are 5-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 13-4 when they hit at least one homer.