MLB Picks and Parlays: Detroit and Cleveland Finish Up Series On Sunday Night Baseball
by Matt Cash @MattCashCapper
It’s been all Cleveland Indians so far in the opening two games of this three-game set with Detroit Tigers. The Indians have outscored the Tigers 15-2 and will be looking for the sweep with their best pitcher taking the mound Sunday night.
On Saturday, Justin Verlander pitched his best game in six weeks, allowing just one run in 6.2 innings of work. But Mike Clevinger was even better allowing just three hits and two walks in six scoreless innings. He turned the ball over to super reliever Andrew Miller who fired two scoreless innings. And that gave the Indians time to grow the lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Carlos Santana, Bradley Zimmer and Yan Gomes delivered in succession, each driving in a run for the eventual 4-0 win.
Detroit has now lost five of their last seven games and in consecutive weekend series with the Indians they’ve now dropped four of five.
Cleveland has won three straight and five of seven. Coupled with losses by the Twins and Royals, their lead in the AL Central has now grown to 2.5 games.
The Indians have averaged 6.14 RPG over the past seven games, the Tigers are at 4.71.
The Indians ERA over the same span is 3.63 while Detroit’s is 5.81.
Jose Ramirez has been on fire through the week, hitting .448 with ten RBIs. Santana has as well, hitting .400 with five RBIs. All told, five regulars are hitting above .280 in this small sample size.
On Detroit Nicholas Castellanos is hitting .375 with six RBIs over the same span and three regulars are hitting above .300. James McCann has five RBIs in only ten at bats.
Michael Fulmer (8-6, 3.20 ERA) has been the Tigers best starter by a long shot. He’s more than a run and a half better than Verlander who is number two. He’s Detroit’s representative in the All Star game and has had four straight quality starts of allowing three runs or less with at least six innings pitched. Last time out he allowed three runs in eight innings of a 5-3 win over the Giants.
Corey Kluber (7-3, 2.85 ERA) has been practically unhittable through his seven starts since coming off the DL at the start of June. He was named pitcher of the month for June as a result. He’s struck out at least ten batters in five straight starts and allowed seven earned runs in those seven starts spanning 41 innings (1.54 ERA). But the Indians have lost three of those starts, scoring just six runs in those defeats.
- Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games
- Cleveland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Cleveland’s last 17 games
Cash It In: Cleveland are -210 favorites and Detroit +180 underdogs. Two of the losses came against first place teams (Brewers and Dodgers), the last a lighting in a bottle 1-0 defeat against the Padres. It’s hard to go against Kluber when he’s pitching like this. Cleveland 5-2.