The Detroit Tigers (65-45) and Cleveland Indians (62-50) will continue a four-game American League Central series Tuesday night at Progressive Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET
Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians
Detroit has won nine games in a row, including a 4-2 victory over Cleveland as -117 road favorites Monday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest. The Tigers are now four games ahead in the division standings, which happens to be their largest advantage since June 23. Offensively, outfielder Torii Hunter will likely lead the charge, as he’s hit three home runs in his career against tonight’s opposing starting pitcher. Detroit is 6-9 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 9-5-1 in that situation.
Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (11-8, 3.88 ERA) snapped a personal two-game losing streak by picking up a 11-1 home victory over the Washington Nationals last time out, as he allowed one run and four hits over six frames. The right-hander is 6-4 with a 4.05 ERA in 12 road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .268 against him. In 33 career games versus the Indians, Verlander has compiled a 16-14 record and 4.65 ERA, including a 7-5 home win on June 7.
Cleveland has won eight of its last 10 games, with the UNDER going 6-4 in that span. The Indians were three outs away from victory last night before allowing four runs in the top of the ninth inning. “This one hurt, no doubt about that,” commented Indians outfielder Michael Bourn. The Indians have now dropped 10 of 13 overall against the Tigers, including six of seven at this ballpark. Cleveland is 11-5 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the OVER going 9-7 in those 16 opportunities.
Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson (13-7, 3.33 ERA) has won three games in a row, including a 6-1 home victory over the Chicago White Sox last time out, as he allowed one run and five hits over 6.2 frames. The right-hander is 8-2 with a 2.54 ERA in 13 home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .218 against him. In 16 career games (13 starts) versus the Tigers, Masterson has tallied a 2-8 record and 5.50 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 3-1-1 in Verlander’s last five efforts versus the Tribe.