Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers 7/19/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 7/18/2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 7:08 PM on FS1
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Cleveland Indians - Kluber, C (9-6) vs. Detroit Tigers - VerHagen, D (0-0)
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Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber will go for his third consecutive win when he faces rookie Drew VerHagen and the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
In his start against the Chicago White Sox last week, Corey Kluber pitched six decent innings and came away with his ninth win of the year. He allowed four runs on eight hits in that start and walked two batters while striking out five. Kluber improved his record to 9-6 with that win and he has now struck out 142 batters in 131.2 innings.
Reigning MVP Miguel Cabrera has 12 hits in his 24 at-bats against Kluber in his career with a double, three home runs and seven RBI. Catcher Alex Avila has just three hits against him in 17 at-bats and the right-hander has struck him out five times.
Tall right-hander Drew VerHagen will be making his first Major League start on Saturday after pitching pretty well in the minors for the Tigers this year. In 19 starts at Triple-A, VerHagen had a 6-7 record with a 3.67 ERA. In 110.1 innings on the mound this season, he gave up 117 hits, but he also held opposing batters to just five home runs.
The Indians can expect to see a mid-90's fastball from VerHagen and an above-average curveball. He is a pitcher who focuses on command, striking out just 5.1 batters per nine innings in the minors.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 49-42-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Cleveland Indians is -0.1
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 48-38-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Detroit Tigers is 0.5
Injuries to Watch
07/08/14 P Justin Masterson Knee 15-day DL (7/7)
07/06/14 CF Michael Bourn Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6)
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 60-day DL (6/12)
05/15/14 RF Nyjer Morgan Knee 60-day DL (5/14)
07/07/14 P Pat McCoy Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6)
06/25/14 P Luke Putkonen Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
05/02/14 P Joel Hanrahan Elbow 15-day DL (5/2)
03/28/14 LF Andy Dirks Back 60-day DL (3/29)
03/28/14 P Bruce Rondon Elbow 60-day DL (3/29), out for season
03/27/14 SS Jose Iglesias Stress Fracture 60-day DL (3/29); out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit
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