Detroit at Cleveland MLB Odds, Pick & Expert Preview for Friday

Posted by Ted Merrick on July 6, 2017 in

There are a pair of American League Central teams scheduled to mix it up on Friday. The Detroit Tigers will take on the Cleveland Indians. This is the first of a three game series. The Detroit Tigers head into Wednesday’s affair with a 37-45 record. The Tigers are 7 games out of first place in the American League Central, only ½ game ahead of the White Sox.

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The Cleveland Indians are in first place in the American League Central. Cleveland went to the World Series a season ago, only to lose to the Chicago Cubs in 7 games. The Indians started Wednesday’s game with a 44-38 record, 1.5 games ahead of Kansas City and Minnesota. The Cleveland Indians are -145 over the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

Detroit at Cleveland MLB Odds, Pick & Expert Preview for Friday

When: Friday July 7, 2017; 6:10pm CT
Where: Progressive Field; Cleveland, OH
TV: FS-D (Detroit) / SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (Detroit) / WTAM 1100 (Cleveland)
Stream Option: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: Cleveland Indians -145

Why Bet on Detroit Tigers?

The Detroit Tigers are a mess. The Tigers are looking at becoming sellers here in the next 3.5 weeks. The Tigers are 15-26 on the road this season. In 2017, the Tigers have been outscored by 23 runs, and they are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Tigers lost two out of three to Cleveland, allowing 29 runs in those 3 games.

The Tigers offense is led by veteran Justin Upton. Upton leads with a .275 batting average, along with 15 homeruns and 54 runs batted in. Detroit’s pitching has set them below the rest of the league, as they have a team ERA of 4.86, which is 27th in all of baseball. Opponents are batting .269 against Detroit pitching.

The Indians are favorites in the MLB odds against the Tigers on Friday.

Why Bet on Cleveland Indians?

The Cleveland Indians have seen several guys in their lineup that have come across with solid seasons. Jose Ramirez is heading to the All Star game, with a .327 batting average. Edwin Encarnacion has found his power as of late, leading with 17 homeruns, and Lonnie Chisenhall has 46 runs batted in.

The pitching for Cleveland has gotten better. The Indians rank 4th in the league with an ERA of 3.84. The Indians starting pitchers have 38 quality starts, and opponents are batting just 2.40 against them. The Indians are looking to get back to the postseason after running over the American League in the postseason last year.

Expert Pick & Prediction

Jordan Zimmerman will pitch for the Detroit Tigers in this game. Zimmerman is 5-6 on the season, but has an earned run average nearly 6.00. Zimmerman has thrown over 92 innings and struck out 65 batters this season.

For the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Carrasco needs just 2.1 innings to get to 100 on the season. Carrasco is 9-3 on the season and holds a 3.50 earned run average. Carrasco has struck out 103 batters, and walked just 26. Look for the Indians to use a nice start from Carrasco. Bet the Cleveland Indians -145 over the Detroit Tigers on Friday.