The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians meet in MLB action from Progressive Field on Friday night.
The Detroit Tigers will look to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins in their last matchup. Wilson Ramos had a solo home run and Akil Baddoo added a triple and an RBI to make up the scoring output for the Tigers in the losing effort. Willi Castro went 3 for 4 at the dish and Miguel Cabrera had a double while Nomar Mazara and Jonathan Schoop each had base hits as well in the losing effort. Matt Boyd took the loss, falling to 1-1 after allowing three earned runs on seven hits with 8 strikeouts over seven innings of work. Julio Teheran will start this one and is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. In his career, Teheran is 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA and 9 strikeouts against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians will be out to build on a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in their last matchup. Jose Ramirez went 2 for 4 and accounted for all four Cleveland RBIs in the winning effort while Josh Naylor also went 2 for 4 at the dish in the win. Eddie Rosario, Franmil Reyes, Jake Bauers and Andres Gimenez each had a base hit as well to cap off Cleveland’s offense in the winning effort. Shane Bieber gave up two earned runs on three hits while striking out 12 over 6.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Emmanuel Clase got the win in relief to improve to 1-0 while Nick Wittgren closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the year. Zach Plesac will start here and is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Plesac is 2-1 with a 1.14 ERA and 18 strikeouts against Detroit.
Detroit is 55-132 in their last 187 games overall and 16-37 in their last 53 series-opening games while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games following an off day. Cleveland is 7-2 in their last 9 games as a home favorite and 7-3 in their last 10 division games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
I’ll probably be the first to admit I’m not a Julio Teheran guy not as much as I used to be at least, but the bottom line here is that I’m not high on the Indians as a team and Teheran looked capable in his first start for the Tigers. This is simply too much juice to go against a Tigers team that’s actually playing with some confidence right now, so I’ll take my shot with the Tigers and the plus money here.