Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, 4/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (-190) Detroit (+180)
Matthew Boyd and the Detroit Tigers (23-35, 5th in AL Central last season) host the Cleveland Indians (35-25, 3rd in AL Central last year) at Comerica Park on Thursday. The Indians open this contest at -190 while the Tigers are coming in at +180. The O/U opens at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Shane Bieber and Matthew Boyd.
Cleveland had a slugging percentage of .372 and were called out on strikes 517 times last year, while being walked on 239 occasions. They accrued 234 RBI's in addition to 446 base knocks last season, and their team batting average came in at .228. The Indians accrued 96 two-baggers as a squad and hit 59 balls out of the park. They had a total of 248 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .317. As a team, the Cleveland Indians recorded 4.1 runs per contest, which had them at 25th in MLB.
The Indians had a team ERA of 3.29 for the previous season (2nd in the league), and they rung up 621 batters. They had a K/BB ratio of 3.96 and their pitching staff earned a collective WHIP of 1.11. Indians pitchers allowed 68 home runs and also 209 runs in total (30th in the league). Their pitching staff walked 157 opposing batters and their FIP came in at 3.55 as a team for the prior year. The Indians bullpen had a save percentage of 71.4% and stepped onto the hill in 63 save situations. The relievers inherited 60 base runners over the course of last year with 26.7% of those runners earned a run for their team. Indians relief pitchers went to the mound with players on base in 38 contests in addition to 72 contests with high leverage. The Indians sent forth 181 relievers to the mound last year. The relief pitchers accumulated 35 holds over the course of last year (8th in MLB). They accumulated 20 saves over the course of last season and blew 8 out of their 28 save opportunities.
Bieber had a FIP of 2.07 and he earned an ERA+ of 281. Shane Bieber conceded 46 hits in 77.1 innings he pitched over the course of last year. He allowed 14 earned runs last season with a K/BB ratio of 5.8. He gave up 5.4 hits per 9 innings and his WHIP was at 0.866. His ERA was at 1.63 and he fanned 122 opposing hitters. Bieber (34-14 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 3.06 while he has faced 1,641 batters in the major leagues. He has allowed 362 hits (8.0 hits per nine innings) and has 84 free passes. His earned run average is 3.32 (150 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.098. Bieber has taken the ball for 406 innings and has tallied 499 strikeouts during his pro baseball career.
Detroit recorded 62 long balls last season in addition to 242 RBIs. They hit 78 two-baggers, while walking 147 times and scoring 249 runs. The Detroit Tigers accounted for a team OBP of .303 as well as a team batting average of .245 in the prior season. The Tigers had a team slugging % of .397 and they averaged 4.29 runs per game (22nd in MLB). They struck out on 567 instances (6th in MLB) and recorded 463 base knocks.
The Tigers held a team WHIP of 1.429 and had a FIP of 5.17 as a unit in the prior season. They earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.31 (444 strikeouts vs 192 free passes). They were sitting at 6th in baseball as a staff in total hits given up with 511. They conceded 91 long balls and they conceded 5.82 runs per 9 innings (28th in MLB). The Detroit pitching staff surrendered 318 runs last year while having an ERA of 5.63 (308 earned runs relinquished). Finishing with 19 chances for a save, the Tigers accumulated 27 holds in addition to 8 blown saves. Detroit called on relief pitchers to step onto the hill in 46 save situations and they walked away with 11 saves. Their relievers stepped onto the hill in 58 games with high leverage and 55 games with runners on base. Detroit relief pitchers held an inherited score percentage of 29.0% out of 91 inherited base runners. They were sitting at 19th in the league holding a save rate of 57.9%, and they dispatched 218 relief pitchers onto the field last year.
Boyd earned a K/BB ratio of 2.7 with 60 total punch outs and an ERA+ of 69. His WHIP was at 1.48 and he had a FIP of 5.78 last year. He threw 60.1 innings last year while giving up 10 H/9 (hits per 9 innings). Boyd allowed 67 total hits while he conceded 45 earned runs (6.71 ERA). In his career, Boyd has surrendered 716 base hits while totaling 692 K's in 705 innings. Boyd (34-54 win-loss record in his career) holds a 5.08 ERA and has conceded 9.1 hits per nine innings. He has surrendered a total of 398 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.333 and a FIP of 4.8. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.08 and he has gone up against 3,037 hitters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Detroit (+180)
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