The Cleveland Indians (50-56) and Detroit Tigers (56-50) will continue an American League Central series on Saturday night at Comerica Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET
Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Cleveland is in the midst of a seven-game losing streak against division rivals, as it was handed a 10-2 setback on the road by Detroit on Friday night. The Indians rotation has been dreadful on their current road trip, posting an 0-6 record and 12.40 ERA, giving up 45 earned runs in 32.2 innings of work. It’s important to note that the club has been outscored by a 38-10 margin in the first four innings through seven games on the trip. Cleveland is 11-21 on the road when the total is 9 to 9.5, while the “under” is 15-14 in that situation.
Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (8-10, 5.08 ERA) is searching for his first victory since July 7, as he suffered a 5-1 road loss to the Minnesota Twins in his last effort, allowing five runs and six hits over 6.1 frames. The right-hander is 4-7 with a 6.68 ERA in 12 road outings, issuing 44 walks and striking out 55 batters in 64.2 frames. In 10 career games versus the Tigers, Jimenez has tallied a 4-5 record and 4.81 ERA.
Detroit was led by first baseman Prince Fielder’s four-RBI performance last night, as the team snapped a two-game losing streak in coming home from a long road trip. The Tigers top three hitters reached base safely eight times in the first six innings, setting the table for the rest of the lineup. It’s important to note that the club has six in a row and 12 of 13 at this ballpark. Detroit is 26-8 as a home favorite of -175 to -200 the last two-plus years, with the “under” going 19-15 in that situation.
Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister (5-7, 3.77 ERA) has earned a victory in four of his last five starts, including a 4-1 road win over the Toronto Blue Jays in his last effort, giving up a single run and seven hits over eight frames. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.74 ERA in six home outings this year, issuing 10 walks and striking out 30 batters in 33.2 innings. In 10 career starts versus the Indians, Fister has tallied an even 3-3 mark and 2.52 ERA, including a 3-2 road loss on July 24.
Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 10-2 mark in Fister’s last 12 home starts, while the Indians are 0-4 in Jimenez’s last four tries as a road underdog.
Pick: Detroit Tigers -190
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