Tuesday night viewing has never been this good as Major League Baseball has served up a pair of critical games that will definitely tickle your sporting fancy. Kicking things off tonight is the mouth-watering clash between the red-hot Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. Happening simultaneously is the AL East clash between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.
Read on below for a quick breakdown of these two pivotal games and while you’re at it, you can check out our previews of Packers vs. Falcons and Texans vs. Bengals.
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Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians (7:10 PM ET)
Line: Detroit Tigers (+340) at Cleveland Indians (-420); total: 8.0 – view all MLB lines
There’s just no stopping the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe stretched their unbeaten run to an incredible 19 games with a resounding 11-0 victory over the Tigers on Monday. The streak is the longest since the Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row in 2002. The Indians will look to match the feat of that Moneyball team when they lock horns with the Tigers in an immediate rematch tonight.
Starting for Cleveland in this all-important clash is Corey Kluber. He struck out 13 over seven innings in an 11-2 win Thursday over the Chicago White Sox. The American League Cy Young candidate has been superb over his past 19 starts, going 12-2 with a 1.89 ERA, 194 strikeouts and 21 walks. The Tigers, on the other hand, will have Matthew Boyd as their starter tonight. He allowed four runs in six frames in a 13-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Writer’s Prediction: Kluber outduels Boyd to lead the Indians (-420) to their 20th consecutive win.
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7:10 PM ET)
Line: New York Yankees (-144) at Tampa Bay Rays (+134); total: 8.0 – view all MLB lines
Here come the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers moved to within three games of the Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead with a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. Todd Frazier blasted a three-run homer in the series opener which was moved from Florida to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma. This was just the fifth series in the majors moved to a neutral site because of weather.
Tuesday’s clash features a pitching showdown between Sonny Gray and Blake Snell. Gray was superb in his last start for the Yankees, allowing just a single unearned run in 5.2 innings of action in Thursday’s 9-1 win over Baltimore. That’s just the second time he’s surrendered fewer than two runs in a start since being traded from Oakland to New York. Snell, on the other hand, yielded six runs on seven hits over four innings in a no-decision Wednesday against the Twins. Tampa Bay lost that ballgame, 10-6.
Writer’s Prediction: Gray leads the Yankees (-144) to yet another win.
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