Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/16/2020
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Indians (-141) Tigers (+130)
Cesar Hernandez and the Cleveland Indians (11-9, 2nd in AL Central) travel to Comerica Park on Sunday where they'll take on the Detroit Tigers (9-8, 3rd in AL Central). The Indians open this game at -141 while the Tigers are coming in at +130. The O/U has been set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Adam Plutko and Michael Fulmer.
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
8/14/2020 Roberto Perez C Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
8/15/2020 C.J 1B Knee Out for the season
8/15/2020 Ivan Nova SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/10/2020 Buck Farmer RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/9/2020 Dario Agrazal SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/7/2020 Troy Stokes LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/18/2020 Jordan Zimmermann SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 11-9 overall record this season. Plutko has taken the hill for 200 frames and is sitting with 148 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. His earned run average is 4.95 (110 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.299. He has given up 208 base knocks (9.4 hits per nine innings) and has had 52 free passes. Plutko (12-11 career record) sits with a FIP of 5.56 while he has gone up against 847 batters during his time in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.98 and they have given up 37 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .168 against the bullpen and they've struck out 65 hitters and walked 17 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 6.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.6 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.69. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 127 base hits and 53 earned runs. They have allowed 24 home runs this season, ranking them 16th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 49 batters and struck out 209. They have walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 0.99 and their FIP as a unit is 3.53.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .196, good for 30th in the league. The Indians hold a .303 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 6.2 hits per game. Cesar Hernandez is hitting .274 with an on-base percentage of .369. He has 20 hits this season in 73 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .342 and an OPS+ of 95. Jose Ramirez is hitting .263 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 20 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 76 at bats. His OPS+ is 125 while his slugging percentage is at .500. The Indians have 123 hits, including 18 doubles and 15 home runs. Cleveland has walked 86 times so far this season and they have struck out 179 times as a unit. They have left 130 men on base and have a team OPS of .608. They score 3.6 runs per contest and have scored a total of 72 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Fulmer (24-31 career win-loss mark) has earned a 3.84 earned run average and has conceded 8.2 hits per nine innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.77 and he has gone up against 1,908 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. In his pro baseball career, Fulmer has given up 422 base hits while he has totaled 360 punchouts in 461 innings pitched. He has allowed 197 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.197 and a FIP of 4.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.71 and they have given up 62 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .194 against the Tigers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 67 batters and walked 20 opposing hitters. As a team, Detroit allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.52. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 147 base knocks and 92 earned runs this season. They have given up 23 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Detroit as a staff has walked 53 hitters and struck out 123 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.74.
As a team, they are batting .237, good for 19th in the league. The Tigers hold a .450 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 7.8 hits per contest. JaCoby Jones comes into this matchup batting .300 with an OBP of .364. He has 15 hits this year along with 12 RBI in 50 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .700 with an OPS+ of 185. Jonathan Schoop is hitting .239 this season and he has an OBP of .264. He has collected 16 hits in 67 at bats while driving in 9 runs. He has an OPS+ of 88 and a slugging percentage of .433. The Tigers as a unit have 132 base hits, including 25 doubles and 28 homers. Detroit has walked 44 times this year and they have struck out on 170 occasions. They have had 89 men left on base and have an OPS of .750. They have scored 5.12 runs per game and totaled 87 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Tigers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Indians (-141)
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