Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 8/23/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Tigers (+212) Indians (-235)
Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians (16-10, 2nd in AL Central) play the Detroit Tigers (10-14, 5th in AL Central) at Progressive Field on Sunday. The Tigers open this game at +212 while the Indians are coming in at -235. The O/U has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Tarik Skubal and Carlos Carrasco.
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
8/19/2020 Dario Agrazal SP Forearm Out for the season
8/19/2020 C.J 1B Knee Out for the season
8/19/2020 Harold Castro 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 29
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 10-14 overall record this season. Skubal has taken the mound for 2 frames and has totaled 1 strikeout thus far. His earned run average is 18.00 (4 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 4.000. He has surrendered 7 hits (31.5 hits per nine innings) and has 1 walk. Skubal (0-1 ecord) sits with a FIP of 10.20 while he has gone up against 13 opposing batters. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.34 and they have given up 100 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .209 against the bullpen and they've struck out 96 hitters and walked 32 batters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.99. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 221 base hits and 139 earned runs. They have allowed 41 home runs this season, ranking them 4th in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 79 batters and struck out 178. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 5.37.
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As a team Detroit is hitting .233, good for 20th in the league. The Tigers hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .293, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 7.7 hits per game. JaCoby Jones is hitting .284 with an on-base percentage of .346. He has 21 hits this season in 74 at bats with 13 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .581 and an OPS+ of 146. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .184 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .280. He has totaled 16 hits and he has driven in 11 men in 87 at bats. His OPS+ is 67 while his slugging percentage is at .333. The Tigers have 185 hits, including 36 doubles and 33 home runs. Detroit has walked 60 times so far this season and they have struck out 245 times as a unit. They have left 133 men on base and have a team OPS of .708. They score 4.67 runs per contest and have scored a total of 112 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cleveland has a 16-10 overall mark this year. Carrasco (87-71 win-loss record in his career) holds a 3.82 earned run average while conceding 8.5 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.08 and he has gone up against 4,949 batters during his MLB career. Thus far in his career, Carrasco has surrendered 1,131 hits while accumulating 1,258 strikeouts in 1,200 frames. He has allowed 509 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.199 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.69 and they have given up 56 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .179 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 97 batters and walked 22 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 6.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.79. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 176 base knocks and 72 earned runs this season. They have given up 27 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 60 hitters and struck out 276 batters. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.02 while their FIP as a staff is 3.25.
As a team, they are batting .204, good for 30th in the league. The Indians hold a .327 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 6.5 hits per contest. Francisco Lindor comes into this matchup batting .234 with an OBP of .293. He has 25 hits this year along with 13 RBI in 107 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .393 with an OPS+ of 82. Franmil Reyes is hitting .297 this season and he has an OBP of .356. He has collected 27 hits in 91 at bats while driving in 18 runs. He has an OPS+ of 134 and a slugging percentage of .527. The Indians as a unit have 170 base hits, including 30 doubles and 23 homers. Cleveland has walked 119 times this year and they have struck out on 230 occasions. They have had 181 men left on base and have an OPS of .642. They have scored 3.92 runs per game and totaled 102 runs this season.
Who will will tonight's Tigers/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Indians (-235) and over 9 runs
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