The Detroit Tigers (+50000 to win the American League Central) are sinking further down this June, as they continue to struggle this month. They will look to pick up some steam when they face the Cleveland Indians in a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Tigers got swept in the recent series with the Tribe. Will it be the same story for the Tigers? Or will they be the one to tame the Indians (+850) this time around?
Game by Game Betting Preview for the Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians Regular-Season Series Running from June 21-23 2019
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland,
Game 1 Friday, June 21, 7:05 PM EST
Game 2 Saturday, June 22, 1:00 PM EST
Game 3 Sunday, June 23, 7:05 PM EST
Line: Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Starters: TBA vs. Trevor Bauer (5-6, 3.41 ERA)
The Indians have the third-best ERA in the American League with a mark of 3.92. Cleveland is also third in league with an opponents batting average of .237. Bauer has on top of his game the last time he toed the rubber, holding the Tigers scoreless through nine innings of a complete game four-hitter in an 8-0 road win on Jun. 16.
The Tigers scored four runs on 10 hits with two homers off of Bauer in 5.2 innings of a 4-1 home loss to Detroit on Apr. 10.
Carlos Santana is hitting .281 at home this season as of this writing.
Prediction: Indians win, 5-3.
Starters: Spencer Turnbull (3-6, 3.27 ERA) vs. Mike Clevinger (1-1, 2.70 ERA)
Turnbull got turned upside down by the Indians on Jun. 16, when he got rocked for six earned runs n 10 hits in five innings of an 8-0 home loss. He is 0-2 in two starts against Cleveland this season with nine runs allowed on 18 hits. He is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA in seven road starts this year, though. Clevinger allowed five earned runs on three hits in 4.2 innings of a 7-2 road loss to the Texas Rangers on Jun. 17. He is 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA in nine meetings (eight starts) against Detroit since 2016.
Detroit’s hitters have a collective career batting average of .164 against Clevinger.
Carlos Santana is 3-for-5 in career vs. Turnbull.
Prediction: Indians win, 4-2.
Starters: Daniel Norris (2-5, 4.52 ERA) vs. Zach Plesac (1-2, 2.92 ERA)
In a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on the road on Jun. 12, Norris went five innings deep and allowed two earned runs on six hits. He had six strikeouts against two walks. He is 0-2 with a 5.63 over his first three starts this month of June. Plesac faced the Cincinnati Reds on Jun. 12 and picked up a loss, as he surrendered four earned runs on five hits with six punchouts and a pair of walks issued in a 7-2 defeat at home.
Nick Castellanos is batting .273 on the road this season as of this writing.
Jose Ramirez is 4-for-13 in career vs. Norris.
Prediction: Tigers win, 5-4.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
Indians take two of three games.
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