Saturday, April 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Corey Kluber vs. Anibal Sanchez
The Cleveland Indians visit Comerica Park on Saturday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Corey Kluber for the Indians and Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -110 and Detroit at +100. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Indians have a 6-6-1 over/under record and a 4-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 31% of the time. The Tigers are 9-5-0 against the run line and have a 9-5-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 64% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 6-7 record, including 3-2 on the road. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a 0-3 record with an earned run average of 6.16 and a WHIP of 1.42. He has 19 strikeouts over his 19 innings pitched and he has given up 22 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.35. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.95 and they have given up 30 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .205 against the bullpen while being struck out 31 times and walking 19 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.99 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.42. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 103 base hits and 57 earned runs. They have allowed 20 home runs this season and they allow 1.6 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 41 batters and struck out 107. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 4.64.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .238, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .231 average away from home. The Indians hold a .379 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 7.92 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .265 and his on-base percentage is at .321. He has 13 hits this season along with 7 runs scored and 6 runs batted in. He's struck out 17 times and has walked 5 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .294 and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 15 hits so far while scoring 8 runs and he's driven in 5. He has walked 4 times and has struck out 12 times. The Indians have 103 hits, including 23 doubles and 12 home runs. They've stolen 11 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 3 times. Cleveland has walked 42 times this season and they've struck out 120 times as a unit. They've left 85 men on base and have a team OPS of .682. They score 4.08 runs per contest and have scored a total of 53 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 2-2 home record and a 8-6 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.60, Anibal Sanchez has a 2-1 record and a 1.53 WHIP. He has 15 strikeouts over the 15.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 16 hits. He has allowed 9.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.33. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.83 and they have given up 47 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 35 times and walking 13 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.22 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.04 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.70. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 127 base knocks and 51 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 12 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 52 hitters and struck out 97. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.44 while their FIP as a staff is 4.06.
As a team, they are batting .273, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .292 average at home. The Tigers hold a .427 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.71 hits per contest. Miguel Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .232 and he has an OBP of .317. He has 13 hits this year along with 7 runs scored and 6 RBI. He's struck out 13 times and has walked on 7 occasions. Justin Upton is hitting .226 and he has an OBP of .262. He has collected 14 hits so far while he's scored 7 runs and drove in 2. He has earned a walk 3 times and has punched out 25 times. The Tigers as a unit have 136 base hits, including 23 doubles and 18 homers. They have 2 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 2 times. Detroit as a team has walked 41 times this year and they have struck out 123 times. They've had 104 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They score 4.79 runs per game and have totaled 67 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 6-6-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 4-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 9-5-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 9-5-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/20/16 P Carlos Carrasco Ankle "?" for next scheduled start
04/05/16 P Tommy Hunter Side 15-day DL (3/26)
04/04/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/12/16 C James McCann Ankle 15-day DL (4/12)
04/04/16 CF Cameron Maybin Wrist 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Daniel Norris Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Tigers
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