Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, 9/18/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Indians (-180) Tigers (+166)
Comerica Park is the venue where Jeimer Candelario and the Detroit Tigers (21-27, 4th in AL Central) will take on the Cleveland Indians (26-23, 3rd in AL Central) on Friday. The line on this game has the Indians coming in at -180 and the Tigers are at +166. The total is set at 9. The starting pitchers will be Zach Plesac and Michael Fulmer.
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
9/16/2020 Carlos Carrasco SP Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/9/2020 Jefry Rodriguez SP Shoulder Out for the season
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
9/15/2020 Troy Stokes LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/15/2020 Jonathan Schoop 2B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
9/11/2020 JaCoby Jones CF Hand Out for the season
9/9/2020 Ivan Nova SP Triceps Out for the season
9/9/2020 Harold Castro 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
8/27/2020 Alex Faedo SP Forearm Out for the season
8/19/2020 C.J 1B Knee Out for the season
8/19/2020 Dario Agrazal SP Forearm Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 26-23 overall record this season. Plesac has thrown 156 innings and has earned 127 strikeouts during his career. His ERA is 3.40 (59 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.114. He has surrendered 131 base hits (7.5 hits per 9 innings) and has had 43 walks. Plesac (11-8 career mark) has earned a FIP of 4.64 while he has faced 628 hitters during his time in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.52 and they have given up 123 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .198 against the bullpen and they've struck out 167 hitters and walked 51 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.25. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 361 base hits and 158 earned runs. They have allowed 57 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 124 batters and struck out 492. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.11 and their FIP as a unit is 3.66.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .227, good for 26th in the league. The Indians hold a .366 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 7.4 hits per game. Francisco Lindor is hitting .281 with an on-base percentage of .343. He has 55 hits this season in 196 at bats with 24 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .459 and an OPS+ of 113. Carlos Santana is hitting .202 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .360. He has totaled 34 hits and he has driven in 23 men in 168 at bats. His OPS+ is 85 while his slugging percentage is at .315. The Indians have 365 hits, including 73 doubles and 47 home runs. Cleveland has walked 195 times so far this season and they have struck out 430 times as a unit. They have left 336 men on base and have a team OPS of .683. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 196 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Fulmer (24-33 career mark) has earned a 4.07 earned run average while giving up 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.69 and he has gone up against 1,992 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. During his pro baseball career, Fulmer has surrendered 451 base hits while totaling 374 K's in 478 frames. He has given up a total of 216 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.234 and having a FIP of 4.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.26 and they have given up 215 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the Tigers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 189 batters and walked 68 opposing hitters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.81. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 434 base knocks and 262 earned runs this season. They have given up 76 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Detroit as a staff has walked 158 hitters and struck out 368 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 5.20.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 13th in the league. The Tigers hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Jeimer Candelario comes into this matchup batting .333 with an OBP of .390. He has 54 hits this year along with 28 RBI in 162 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .568 with an OPS+ of 156. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .240 this season and he has an OBP of .327. He has collected 41 hits in 171 at bats while driving in 23 runs. He has an OPS+ of 89 and a slugging percentage of .368. The Tigers as a unit have 382 base hits, including 68 doubles and 56 homers. Detroit has walked 120 times this year and they have struck out on 463 occasions. They have had 272 men left on base and have an OPS of .716. They have scored 4.44 runs per game and totaled 213 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Tigers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Indians (-180)
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