Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 4/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+155) Cleveland (-233)
Zach Plesac and the Cleveland Indians (2-3, 5th in AL Central) host the Detroit Tigers (3-3, 3rd in AL Central) at Progressive Field on Friday. The line on this matchup has the Tigers priced at +155 and the Indians are at -233. The total has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Julio Teheran and Zach Plesac.
Detroit owns a slugging percentage of .389 and have been called out on strikes 60 times, while drawing a walk on 21 occasions. They have accounted for 23 runs batted in in addition to 43 hits over the course of the season, while their team batting average is at .223. The Tigers have accrued 7 doubles as a team and have knocked 7 balls out of the park. They have racked up 23 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .298. As a team, the Detroit Tigers are compiling 3.8 runs/g, which has them at 19th in baseball.
Tigers pitchers have given up 9 home runs in addition to 34 total runs (8th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 26 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 4.92 as a team this year. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.04 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.44. The Tigers have a team ERA of 5.40 on the campaign (26th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 53 batters.
The Tigers relievers have compiled a save rate of 50.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 9 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 6 runners on the season and 50.0% of those players ended up crossing the plate. Tigers relief pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 4 times as well as having 4 appearances in high leverage situations. The Tigers have dispatched 20 relief pitchers to the mound for the season. The relievers have notched 5 holds so far this year (6th in baseball). They have tallied 2 saves on the campaign and have blown 2 out of their 4 chances to get a save.
Teheran has pitched in 1,396 frames and has totaled 1,207 punch outs during his career. His earned run average is 3.80 (590 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.224. He has given up 1,232 hits (7.9 hits per 9 innings) with 477 free passes. Teheran (78-77 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.34 while facing 5,829 hitters in the majors.
The Indians hold a team SLG% of .386 and they score 3.40 runs per game (22nd in MLB). They have recorded 6 two-baggers, while taking a walk 20 times as well as racking up 17 runs. Cleveland has accounted for 7 long balls so far this season as well as 17 RBIs. They have struck out on 33 instances (28th in the league) and have totaled 34 hits. The Cleveland Indians hold an on-base percentage of .302 and a batting average of .215 on the season.
The Indians have a WHIP of 1.186 and have a FIP of 3.94 as a unit so far this season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.26 (52 strikeouts vs 23 free passes). They come in at 28th in MLB as a staff in total hits surrendered with 28. They have given up 5 home runs and they relinquish 3.35 runs per 9 innings (8th in baseball). The Cleveland pitching staff have given up 16 runs on the season while having a team ERA of 3.35 (16 earned runs conceded).
Cleveland relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 17.0% out of their 6 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 3 times in high leverage situations and also on 3 occasions with runners on. With 2 save situations, the Indians have 1 blown save. They are ranked 14th in baseball holding a save rate of 50.0%, and they have dispatched 12 relief pitchers onto the field on the campaign. Cleveland has had relievers take the mound in 2 save chances and they have walked away with 1 save.
So far in his MLB career, Plesac has surrendered 146 base knocks and he has 149 punch outs in 177 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 65 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.096 and having a FIP of 4.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.10 and he has gone up against 707 opposing batters so far in his career. Plesac (12-9 career win-loss record) holds a 3.31 earned run average while giving up 7.4 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland (-233)
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