Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians 9/4/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/3/2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Progressive Field in Cleveland
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Thursday night, Max Scherzer (15 - 5, 3.26 ERA) gets the call for the Detroit Tigers as they take on Trevor Bauer (5 -7, 3.99 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians. Scherzer will make his 29th start as Bauer makes his 22nd start.
Max Scherzer was roughed up in his last outing and he ended up taking the loss. Scherzer gave up 6 runs and 9 hits (including 2 homers) in 6.2 innings. He struck out 11 without issuing any walks. After a shutout performance in mid-August, Scherzer has given up 13 runs in 3 starts. But he is still 5 - 2 in his last 10 outings. In 2013, Scherzer won the Cy Young after posting a 21 - 3 record with a 2.90 ERA in 32 starts.
Last season, Scherzer went 3 - 0 with a 2.70 ERA in 4 starts against Cleveland. This season, he is 1 - 0 in 3 starts against the Tribe.
Trevor Bauer didn't factor into the decision his last time out despite a decent outing from the young right-hander. In 5.2 innings, Bauer held his opponents scoreless while allowing 4 hits and 5 walks. He struck out 6. Bauer is just 2 -3 in his last 10 outings mainly because he throws too many pitches and allows too many walks. Last season, Bauer started just 4 games en route to a 1 - 2 record and a 5.29 ERA.
Bauer didn't face Detroit in 2013 but he has seen the Tigers 3 times this season. Bauer is 2 - 0 in those 3 encounters.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 71-61-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Detroit Tigers is 0.3
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 63-69-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
09/03/14 C Alex Avila Head questionable
09/02/14 P Drew VerHagen Back 60-day DL (7/15)
08/10/14 P Anibal Sanchez Pectoral 15-day DL (8/9)
08/10/14 P Joakim Soria Oblique 15-day DL (8/10)
06/25/14 P Luke Putkonen Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
05/02/14 P Joel Hanrahan Elbow 60-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
08/29/14 C Chris Gimenez Personal placed on paternity list
08/10/14 RF David Murphy Side 15-day DL (8/10)
08/10/14 1B Nick Swisher Knee 15-day DL (8/10); out for season
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 60-day DL (6/12)
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit
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