Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 8/22/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Tigers (+157) Indians (-170)
Progressive Field is the venue where Franmil Reyes and the Cleveland Indians (16-9, 2nd in AL Central) will play the Detroit Tigers (9-14, 5th in AL Central) on Saturday. The Tigers open this game at +157 while the Indians are priced at -170. The over/under is set at 10. The starting pitchers are Matthew Boyd and Triston McKenzie.
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
8/19/2020 Harold Castro 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 29
8/19/2020 C.J 1B Knee Out for the season
8/19/2020 Dario Agrazal SP Forearm Out for the season
8/15/2020 Ivan Nova SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
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
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
No key injuries to report
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Tigers have a 9-14 overall record this season. Boyd has pitched in 668 innings and has accumulated 659 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 5.09 (378 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.341. He has surrendered 683 hits (9.2 hits per nine innings) with 213 walks. Boyd (31-50 career mark) has a FIP of 4.77 and he has faced 2,881 hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.58 and they have given up 94 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the bullpen and they've struck out 90 hitters and walked 29 batters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 6.03. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 210 base hits and 134 earned runs. They have allowed 40 home runs this season, ranking them 4th in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 75 batters and struck out 168. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 5.42.
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As a team Detroit is hitting .228, good for 21st in the league. The Tigers hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .289, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 7.5 hits per game. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .181 with an on-base percentage of .274. He has 15 hits this season in 83 at bats with 11 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .337 and an OPS+ of 66. JaCoby Jones is hitting .275 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .342. He has totaled 19 hits and he has driven in 13 men in 69 at bats. His OPS+ is 148 while his slugging percentage is at .594. The Tigers have 172 hits, including 35 doubles and 30 home runs. Detroit has walked 58 times so far this season and they have struck out 235 times as a unit. They have left 127 men on base and have a team OPS of .696. They score 4.43 runs per contest and have scored a total of 102 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cleveland has a 16-9 overall mark this year. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.52 and they have given up 48 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .167 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 88 batters and walked 22 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 6.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.5. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 163 base knocks and 62 earned runs this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 58 hitters and struck out 266 batters. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 0.99 while their FIP as a staff is 3.12.
As a team, they are batting .201, good for 30th in the league. The Indians hold a .323 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 6.4 hits per contest. Franmil Reyes comes into this matchup batting .299 with an OBP of .354. He has 26 hits this year along with 16 RBI in 87 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .506 with an OPS+ of 130. Francisco Lindor is hitting .225 this season and he has an OBP of .288. He has collected 23 hits in 102 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 82 and a slugging percentage of .392. The Indians as a unit have 160 base hits, including 28 doubles and 22 homers. Cleveland has walked 115 times this year and they have struck out on 220 occasions. They have had 172 men left on base and have an OPS of .636. They have scored 3.88 runs per game and totaled 97 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Indians (-170) and over 10 runs
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