Wednesday Night in MLB we will see the Cleveland Indians travel to the Motor City to take on the Detroit Tigers. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 pm start time and it will be televised live on SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), Fox Sports Detroit. Currently the odds have Detroit favored at -160, while Cleveland is a dog of +150. The total for the game is at 9 runs.
Free Analysis: For most of 2011, Cleveland could not beat the Detroit Tigers. Through the first two months of this season, the Indians can't lose to their AL Central rival. After snapping a lengthy skid at Comerica Park, the Indians look for a fifth consecutive victory over the Tigers tonight. Cleveland is 5-23 at Comerica Park since last winning consecutive contests there in the same season Aug. 25-27, 2008. The Indians' latest victory was just their third in 10 games since sweeping the Tigers (25-30) at home May 22-24. Shin-Soo Choo, who drove in a run Tuesday for the Indians, is 10 for 23 in his last six games in Detroit, plus he is 8-for-14 (.571) in 18 plate appearances against Scherzer. His .667 on-base percentage against Scherzer is his highest against any pitcher against whom he has 15 or more plate appearances. Cleveland's Carlos Santana went 0 for 4 in his first game since coming off the disabled list following a mild concussion. He served as the designated hitter in the series opener but is expected to be back behind the plate tonight. Gomez had allowed an unearned run and six hits in 13 1-3 innings over his previous two starts before giving up 11 runs and 16 hits in 10 2-3 frames to lose his last two starts. The right-hander's two career starts at Comerica Park have been even more disastrous. He has allowed 16 runs - 13 earned - and 20 hits in 7 2-3 innings while going 0-2 here. Trying to help the Tigers avoid a third straight defeat, scheduled starter Max Scherzer (5-3, 5.55) looks to win his fourth straight start both overall and against the Indians. Scherzer allowed three runs in six-plus innings of a 7-3 win at Boston on Thursday to finish May at 4-0 with a 4.04 ERA in six starts. He's totaled three walks in his last three starts. The right-hander has posted a 3.44 ERA while winning three straight starts versus Cleveland - all at home, the last one against Gomez. Miguel Cabrera, who had two hits with an RBI on Tuesday, is hitting .447 in his last nine games versus the Indians. He's 3 for 10 with a home run and a double against Gomez, while Delmon Young is 6 for 9 with four extra-base hits in the matchup. Tigers 1B Prince Fielder went 1-for-4 Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Free Pick: I'm going to lean to the over in this one. Jeanmar Gomez comes in struggling as he has allowed 11 ER's and 16 hits in his last 10.2 innings of work. He has also been hit hard in 2 career starts in this park, allowing 13 ER's on 20 hits in just 7.2 innings of work during the two starts. He does have a 3.60 ERA on the road this year, but thanks to a weak pen and the fact that Cleveland scores well on the road, his road starts have averaged 11.8 rpg. The Tribe does average 5.2 rpg on the road, while that pen has a road ERA of 4.96. Max Scherzer is among the league leaders in K's, but he does have a 5.55 ERA overall and a 6.23 ERA at home. His starts this year have been high scoring, averaging 11 rpg overall and 12 rpg at home. Max also has a 4.80 ERA in his last 5 starts vs the Tribe, despite posting a winning record (3-1) in those starts. The Tigers average just 4.3 rpg at home, but they should wake up here vs Gomez, while Cleveland will continue to het well on the road. Should see about 12 runs in this one.
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