Wednesday night baseball and we will see the Detroit Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians in game 2 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 (Cleveland). Currently the odds have Detroit favored at -130, while Cleveland is dogs of +122. The total for the game sits at 9 runs.
Free Analysis: While the Detroit Tigers dominated the Cleveland Indians to conclude last season, the same cannot be said after the first seven meetings in 2012. After winning 10 straight against their American League Central rivals in 2011, the Tigers fell for the sixth time in seven matches with Tuesday's 3-2 setback. The series-opening loss snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak and dropped it into a first-place tie with the Chicago White Sox in the division. Another home run from Miguel Cabrera didn't give the Detroit Tigers enough to end their recent road woes against the Cleveland Indians. Cabrera has hit eight of his 24 homers in helping the Tigers win 13 of 16 games, and his fourth in five games - a two-run shot in the seventh inning - tied Tuesday's series opener. Scherzer (9-5, 4.61 ERA) would appear to have a good chance to help his team beat Cleveland - he's 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA over his last four starts. The right-hander allowed one run and struck out nine over seven innings Thursday in his latest outing, a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. It was Scherzer's seventh start with nine or more strikeouts this season. Scherzer is also 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA over his last seven starts since a miserable outing against Cleveland on June 6 at Comerica Park. He was tagged for a season-high eight runs - five earned - over 4 1-3 innings during that 9-6 defeat. Scherzer is 0-3 with a 7.48 ERA in four lifetime starts at Progressive and gave up five runs over 6 2-3 innings during the most recent game April 29, 2011. his time, he'll face veteran right-hander Derek Lowe (8-8, 5.04), who is seeking to rebound from one of his worst outings of the season. The Michigan native matched a career high by allowing nine runs Friday to Baltimore. He also gave up seven hits and five walks over three-plus innings of that 10-2 drubbing. Lowe, 2-6 with an 8.31 ERA in his last 10 starts, gave up seven runs over five innings during a 7-5 loss to Detroit on June 7. Cabrera hit a two-run shot off Lowe during that game, but the Tigers third baseman is just 5 for 26 (.192) lifetime against him. Shin-Soo Choo is 10 for 17 (.588) versus Scherzer and Travis Hafner is batting .462 (6 for 13).
Free Pick: Well folks we will look to the Over in this one. Scherzer has been rolling of late and he has solid numbers vs the Tribe, but he still comes in with a 4.99 ERA on the road, with 9.8 rpg being scored, while at night he has a 5.22 ERA and 10.4 rpg have been scored in those games. Cleveland home games average 8.5 rpg, but for a while their home games put up less than 8 runs per game, so they have had higher scoring games of late. With Derek lowe on the mound Cleveland home games have averaged 9.7 rpg. Derek has a 12.12 ERA in his last 3 home starts and all 3 starts saw at least 12 runs scored, while at night this year he has a 6.14 ERA, with 10.4 rpg being scored. Cleveland averages 4.1 rpg at home, while averages 4.5 rpg on the road. That would be fine if both teams got 4 runs each, cause at the worst we would get a push here.
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MLB Free Picks: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians BettingWhat baseball bettors need to know about Tigers at Indians on Wednesday (7/25/12) - with Pregame.com's Vegas Runner and host RJ Bell.