Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 15)

  • Indians ace looks to continue perfect start
  • Can Spencer Turnbull stop the bleeding for the Tigers?
  • Will Cleveland continue its impossibly dominant streak?

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Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers Odds

Team Run Spread Total Money Line
Cleveland Indians -1.5 -118 O 8 -109 -195
Detroit Tigers +1.5 EVEN U 8 -112 +165

 

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Indians vs Tigers Predictions and Picks

Betting the Indians against the Tigers every game over the last year would have made you a small fortune. But eventually, Cleveland will lose and it would be heartbreaking if it came in our first pick in this matchup. What we do know is offenses have struggled to score against either of these pitchers, so that’s where we’re going – we like the under in this one.

Pick:

Under 8 -112

Betting record through 8/14/20 (13-12-1)

Trends

Indians are 5-2 in their last seven games against right-handed starters.

Indians are 5-2 in their last seven games with the total set between 7.0-8.5

Indians are 1-8 in their last nine Saturday games.

Under is 8-2 in Indians last 10 road games

Under is 13-4 in Indians last 17 games.

The Tigers are 0-18 in their last 18 games against Cleveland.

The Tigers are 10-46 in their last 56 games against a team with a winning record

The under is 18-7-1 in the Tigers last 26 games as an underdog

The under is 7-2-1 in Tigers last 10 games against a right-handed starter.

How to watch Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers

Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers Event Information
What Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers
Where Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
When Saturday, August 15, 2020, 7:05 PM EST
How to Watch Fox Sports Detroit, MLB TV

Shane Bieber Fever

Shane Bieber has been nothing short of absolute dominance this summer. The 25-year-old California native has done everything the Indians have asked of him as the new ace of the staff.

Through four starts, he’s 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA and 0.76 WHIP and has a quality start in each appearance. He’s striking out batters at a rate of 14 per nine innings, opponents are hitting just .168 off of him and he’s averaging more than 100 pitches per start, so manager Terry Francona is letting him go out there and work.

In the four games, he’s started, the Indians are 4-0. In the other 16 games they’ve played, they’re 7-9.

Bieber has already faced each of his other three division rivals and now he gets to finish the round against the Tigers, who he dominated in two starts last year. Bieber through 14.2 innings in those appearances, giving up just seven hits and two runs while striking out 18 batters and walking just two.

Spencer Turnbull to the Rescue?

The Tigers 9-5 start was arguably the most surprising story in baseball through the first quarter of the season. However, they’ve dropped three straight, given up seven or more runs in each contest, and been outscored 25-14.

The bulk of the issue without a doubt has been starting pitching — Detroit hasn’t had a pitcher made it through five innings during this losing streak and each starter picked up the loss in their game.

In 14 starts not started by Spencer Turnbull, this is the starting pitchers’ numbers for the Tigers: 54.1 innings, 9.28 ERA, 26 walks, 38 strikeouts, 17 home runs. In almost every single one of those categories, the rotation ranks dead last in the majors.

But in Turnbull’s starts, the Tigers have fared quite well. Turnbull has gone, five, six, and seven innings respectively in his first three starts, giving up two runs or fewer in each contest.

After walking four batters in his first start, the 2014 second-round selection out of Alabama has dialed in his command, issuing just three walks over the past 13 innings. Turnbull is 2-0 on the season with a 2.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. In games not started by Turnbull, the Tigers are 6-8, but they’re a perfect 3-0 when he toes the rubber.

With the Indians holding a perfect record in Bieber’s starts, something is going to have to give on Saturday.

Niiiiiine Times (Twice)

Wait, what? How many games in a row? That must be a mistake – but it’s not. Cleveland has won 18 consecutive games against Detroit dating back to last April, a club record for most consecutive wins against any team.

Cleveland has out-scored Detroit 107-37 in those contests, covering the spread in 16 of 18 contests.

The Tigers offense was historically bad last season which had much to do with it, but almost every team at least fakes its way into a victory at some point. The Tigers have an extremely difficult task to try and break that streak Saturday against arguably the most dominant pitcher so far in the 2020 season.

Detroit was up 3-2 on Friday with a runner on third and no outs in the third inning. They couldn’t cash him in and in the next half of the inning Ivan Nova gave up six runs and that was the ball game. Eventually, the Tigers will win a game, it’s just hard to picture it being on Saturday.

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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.