Friday, September 16, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Fulmer vs. Corey Kluber
The Detroit Tigers head to Progressive Field on Friday to take on the Cleveland Indians. The probable pitchers are Michael Fulmer for the Tigers and Corey Kluber for the Indians. The opening line for this game has Detroit at +160 and Cleveland at -170. The over/under is 7.5. The Tigers have a 71-67-7 over/under mark and a 77-68-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Indians are 69-76-0 against the run line and have a 72-63-10 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
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The Tigers head into this game with a 78-67 record, and they are 36-36 on the road. Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer has a 10-6 record with an ERA of 2.76 and a WHIP of 1.05. He has 117 strikeouts during his 143.2 innings pitched and he has given up 115 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.81. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have allowed 450 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the pen while they've been struck out 393 times and walked 160 times this year. As a unit, Detroit has given up 9 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 hitters per nine. They are 19th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.25. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 1,290 base hits and 609 earned runs. They have allowed 164 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 413 batters and struck out 1,090. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.17.
As a team, Detroit is hitting .266, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .264 average on the road. The Tigers have a .434 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .328 which is good for 7th in the league. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.13 hits per contest. Miguel Cabrera comes into this game hitting .310 and his on-base percentage is at .385. He has 166 hits this season along with 79 runs scored and 91 runs batted in. He's struck out 103 times and has walked 65 times. Ian Kinsler is hitting .282 and he has an on-base percentage of .339. He has totaled 160 hits so far while scoring 105 runs and he's driven in 78. He has walked 39 times and has struck out 105 times. The Tigers have 1,324 hits, including 223 doubles and 187 home runs. They've stolen 55 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 25 times. Detroit has walked 432 times this season and they've struck out 1,162 times as a unit. They've left 990 men on base and have a team OPS of .762. They score 4.57 runs per contest and have scored a total of 663 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this game with a 47-25 home mark and a 84-61 overall record. With an ERA of 3.05, Corey Kluber has a 16-9 record and a 1.04 WHIP. He has 208 strikeouts over the 197.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 154 hits. He has allowed 7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.13. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.41 and they have given up 392 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 442 times and walking 171 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.28 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.71 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.83. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,201 base knocks and 555 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 169 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 424 hitters and struck out 1,263. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 3.92.
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .292 average at home. The Indians hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.1 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .278 and he has an OBP of .345. He has 154 hits this year along with 82 runs scored and 77 RBI. He's struck out 129 times and has walked on 56 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .314 and he has an OBP of .359. He has collected 178 hits so far while he's scored 92 runs and drove in 70. He has earned a walk 43 times and has punched out 80 times. The Indians as a unit have 1,319 base hits, including 278 doubles and 175 homers. They have 114 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 28 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 465 times this year and they have struck out 1,121 times. They've had 968 men left on base and have an OPS of .765. They score 4.9 runs per game and have totaled 711 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 71-67-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 77-68-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 72-63-10 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 69-76-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/07/16 3B Nick Castellanos Hand 15-day DL (8/7)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23), out for season
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
09/13/16 P Danny Salazar Forearm out indefinitely
08/31/16 C Yan Gomes Shoulder 60-day DL (7/18)
07/18/16 P Tommy Hunter Back 15-day DL (7/10)
07/07/16 P Zach McAllister Hip 15-day DL (7/6)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/10); out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Indians
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