Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Josh Tomlin
The Detroit Tigers visit Progressive Field on Tuesday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Justin Verlander for the Tigers and Josh Tomlin for the Indians. The Tigers have a 16-8-0 over/under record and a 15-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 63% of the time. The Indians are 8-14-0 against the run line and have a 10-10-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 36% of the time.
The Tigers head into this matchup with a 14-10 record, including 9-4 on the road. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 5.46 and a WHIP of 1.32. He has 31 strikeouts over his 29.2 innings pitched and he has given up 29 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.62. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.68 and they have given up 78 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen while being struck out 61 times and walking 22 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.17 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.07 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 218 base hits and 89 earned runs. They have allowed 19 home runs this season and they allow 0.8 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 80 batters and struck out 168. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 3.82.
As a team, Detroit is batting .269, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .283 average away from home. The Tigers hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.38 hits per game. Miguel Cabrera comes into this game hitting .266 and his on-base percentage is at .330. He has 25 hits this season along with 13 runs scored and 12 runs batted in. He's struck out 19 times and has walked 9 times. Ian Kinsler is hitting .313 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 31 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 13. He has walked 6 times and has struck out 17 times. The Tigers have 225 hits, including 41 doubles and 30 home runs. They've stolen 8 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 3 times. Detroit has walked 65 times this season and they've struck out 212 times as a unit. They've left 162 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 4.79 runs per contest and have scored a total of 115 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 3-5 home record and a 10-12 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.18, Josh Tomlin has a 3-0 record and a 0.94 WHIP. He has 11 strikeouts over the 17 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 14 hits. He has allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.66. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.88 and they have given up 53 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 59 times and walking 30 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.64 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 3.94. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 165 base knocks and 85 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 26 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 63 hitters and struck out 177. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.17 while their FIP as a staff is 4.05.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .242 average at home. The Indians hold a .393 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.27 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .261 and he has an OBP of .306. He has 23 hits this year along with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI. He's struck out 29 times and has walked on 7 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .294 and he has an OBP of .365. He has collected 25 hits so far while he's scored 12 runs and drove in 9. He has earned a walk 10 times and has punched out 19 times. The Indians as a unit have 182 base hits, including 40 doubles and 21 homers. They have 19 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 6 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 66 times this year and they have struck out 204 times. They've had 141 men left on base and have an OPS of .696. They score 4.18 runs per game and have totaled 92 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 16-8-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 15-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 10-10-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 8-14-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/28/16 P Shane Greene Finger 15-day DL (4/25)
04/12/16 C James McCann Ankle 15-day DL (4/12)
04/04/16 CF Cameron Maybin Shoulder 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)
05/02/16 1B Mike Napoli Neck "?" Tuesday vs. Detroit Tigers
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 15-day DL (5/2)
04/25/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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