Tuesday night baseball and we will see the Detroit Tigers travel to Cleveland to take on the Cleveland Indians in game 1 of their 3 game series. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on FSD (Detroit) and STO (Cleveland). Currently the odds have Detroit favored at -119, while Cleveland is dogs of +112. The total for the game sits at 9 runs.
Free Analysis: Sweeping their way into the AL Central lead, the red-hot Detroit Tigers are looking to stay there after making a key trade. Detroit (52-44) has won 13 of 15 to take over the top spot in the division after it was 4 1/2 games back of Chicago on July 3. A five-game win streak has put the Tigers one game ahead of the second-place White Sox and four in front of Cleveland (48-48). Detroit had spent much of this season struggling to live up to expectations after winning the Central by 15 games over the Indians last year, and acquiring first baseman Prince Fielder via free agency. Leyland's club got stronger on Monday with the acquisition of second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez from Miami in exchange for 21-year-old righty Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers. Infante spent his first six seasons with Detroit, helping the club reach the 2006 World Series. He hit .287 with 10 stolen bases for the Marlins this year, while Sanchez was 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA. Infante is hitting .327 in 29 games at Cleveland. Doug Fister (4-6, 4.04 ERA) has also found success against the Indians, going 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his last four meetings. Fister is 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last three starts overall, including a superb performance in Wednesday's 7-2 win over Los Angeles. He yielded one run and two hits while striking out a season-high 10 in eight innings. Shin-Soo Choo will try to help the Indians to back-to-back victories for the first time since a three-game winning streak from July 3-5. His two-run homer Monday backed a strong outing from Justin Masterson in a 3-1 win over Baltimore, snapping a four-game skid. Choo is batting .356 in his last 22 games, and owns a .409 average with 12 runs in the past 11 meetings with Detroit. He's 8 for 19 with two homers against Fister. Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9, 5.24) will try to beat the Tigers for the third time in two months. The right-hander limited Detroit to one run and five hits over 6 2-3 innings of a 4-2 road victory June 5, and overcame a career high-tying six walks in six innings during a 5-3 win at Comerica Park on May 22. Jimenez, though, has lost back-to-back starts while surrendering 13 runs with nine walks in eight innings. The Indians have taken five of six in the series this season, including a three-game sweep of Detroit at Progressive Field from May 22-24.
Free Pick: Gotta go with the hot Cats here. Detroit has won 13 of their last 15 games and have been doing it with both hitting and pitching. In their last 10 games Detroit has averaged 5.4 rpg, while allowing 3.9 rpg. Doug Fister is starting to come around for Detroit, as he is 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA and an 0.86 WHIP in his last 3 starts. he has allowed just 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 18 batters in his last 15 innings of work. He should continue posting numbers like that tonight vs a team he has dominated of late. In his last 5 starts vs Cleveland he is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA, while in 5 career starts at Progressive Field he is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA. He also has an 0.93 WHIP in his 5 starts here. Ubaldo Jiminez is not having good success right now and is really the weak link of the Cleveland staff. Ubaldo is 8-9 with a 5.24 ERA overall and 1-2 with a 9.64 ERA in his last 3 starts. He also doesn't have great numbers vs the Tigers in his career. Tigers hitters are hitting .314 off of Ubaldo and have a .403 OBP vs him as well, while in his 9 career starts vs them he is just 4-5 with a 5.37 ERA. While Detroit has really taken off offensively of late the Tribe has not as they come in averaging just 1.8 rpg in their last 5 and just 3.3 rpg in their last 10 games. Better Pitching, better offense and a ton of momentum should have Detroit walking away with game 1 of this series.
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