Sunday, June 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Josh Tomlin vs. Justin Verlander
The Cleveland Indians visit Comerica Park on Sunday to play the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Josh Tomlin for the Indians and Justin Verlander for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at +118 and Detroit at -128. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Indians have a 36-30-6 over/under record and a 37-35-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Tigers are 42-32-0 against the run line and have a 42-28-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 42-30 record, including 19-18 on the road. Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin has a 8-1 record with an earned run average of 3.32 and a WHIP of 1.08. He has 53 strikeouts over his 81.1 innings pitched and he has given up 81 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.56. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.29 and they have given up 174 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the bullpen while being struck out 198 times and walking 78 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.97 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.42 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.56. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 573 base hits and 256 earned runs. They have allowed 79 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 199 batters and struck out 605. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.19 and their FIP as a unit is 3.84.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .258, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .227 average away from home. The Indians hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.79 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .268 and his on-base percentage is at .325. He has 75 hits this season along with 36 runs scored and 41 runs batted in. He's struck out 65 times and has walked 25 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .303 and he has an on-base percentage of .364. He has totaled 83 hits so far while scoring 45 runs and he's driven in 37. He has walked 27 times and has struck out 40 times. The Indians have 633 hits, including 124 doubles and 86 home runs. They've stolen 58 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 14 times. Cleveland has walked 234 times this season and they've struck out 570 times as a unit. They've left 470 men on base and have a team OPS of .748. They score 4.81 runs per contest and have scored a total of 346 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this matchup with a 21-14 home record and a 38-36 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.78, Justin Verlander has a 7-5 record and a 1.07 WHIP. He has 102 strikeouts over the 100 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 81 hits. He has allowed 7.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.55. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.47 and they have given up 238 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 191 times and walking 80 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.25 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.25 batters per nine. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.52. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 677 base knocks and 331 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 79 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 223 hitters and struck out 531. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.19.
As a team, they are batting .271, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .284 average at home. The Tigers hold a .441 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.46 hits per contest. Nick Castellanos comes into this matchup batting .296 and he has an OBP of .330. He has 81 hits this year along with 37 runs scored and 40 RBI. He's struck out 72 times and has walked on 15 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .301 and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 90 hits so far while he's scored 58 runs and drove in 47. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 54 times. The Tigers as a unit have 700 base hits, including 121 doubles and 95 homers. They have 31 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 12 times. Detroit as a team has walked 224 times this year and they have struck out 630 times. They've had 518 men left on base and have an OPS of .772. They score 4.77 runs per game and have totaled 353 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 36-30-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 37-35-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 42-28-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 42-32-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 60-day DL (5/2)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23)
06/17/16 RF J.D. Martinez Elbow 15-day DL (6/17)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Indians
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