The defending AL-champion, the Cleveland Indians, will look to extend their winning ways when they hit the road for a 10-game trip set to start this Monday when they take on the Detroit Tigers in an AL Central division showdown that I believe is offering a ton of value. The first game of the four game series is set to start this Monday when Trevor Bauer takes on Detroit’s Daniel Norris, although, we bring you an MLB betting preview complete with odds for Game 2, which is schedule to take place this Tuesday evening. Now let’s take a look at the odds, prediction and other info on this match.
Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers Odds & TV Info
Cleveland Indians (14-10) at Detroit Tigers (12-12)
When: Tuesday, May 2 at 7:10 PM ET
TV: SportsTime Ohio, FS-D
MLB Odds: Cleveland -120
Why Bet The Cleveland Indians
The bet reason to back the Indians is that they’re playing good basketball right now. The Tribe have won two straight and four of their last five games, including their emphatic 12-4 smackdown of Seattle on Sunday. The Indians will hand the ball to 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (3-1, 4.19 ERA, 37 K) and that looks like a good thing seeing a how the gifted hurler became the first Cleveland pitcher to reach three wins this season after striking out 10 over seven innings of Cleveland’s 4-3 win over Houston on Thursday. Strangely enough though, Kluber is allowing a career-high 1.57 homers per nine innings.
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Why Bet The Detroit Tigers
The best reason to back the Tigers in this contest is that they’re playing at home and have been playing decent baseball in going 4-4 over their last eight, not to mention they’re ending out a talented starter to the mound to open this contest.
The Tigers will hand the ball to veteran right-hander Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.60 ERA, 30 K) and that could put them over the top in this contest seeing as how Verlander limited Seattle to one unearned run on five hits over seven innings while striking out eight in his last start.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Cleveland Indians would appear to be the right pick in this contest, but I’m going to urge you to back the Detroit Tigers because they’re playing at home and have Justin Verlander going for them.
I know the Indians are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 7-2 in Corey Kluber’s last 9 road starts, but the Tigers are 8-3 in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning record and 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record.
With Detroit going 5-3 in Justin Verlander’s last 7 home starts and 12-5 in Verlander’s last 17 starts against a team with a winning record, I say the Tigers get the upset win at home.
My final score prediction is Detroit 4 Cleveland 3