MLB Capper Picks Home Team: Tigers vs. Indians

Jeff Grant

Friday, June 20, 2014 12:03 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 20, 2014 12:03 PM UTC

The Cleveland Indians have had the Detroit Tigers number in the early going this season, which provides them a major edge in Friday night’s series opener. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League Central affair.

Trying to piece things back together
Detroit has gone 10-20 since May 19, but it came away with a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals as -156 home favorites Thursday, while going 'under' the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Tigers dropped four of seven games on their most recent homestand, while they’ll likely start this series without the services of outfielder Torii Hunter, who has sat out most of the week with a hamstring injury.

MLB handicappers will find that the Detroit Tigers are 6-4 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season.

Dominant at home
Cleveland improved to 11-1 in its last 12 home games with a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Angels as +113 underdogs yesterday afternoon, while going 'under' the betting total for the fourth time in five contests. The Indians need to get more production out of their starting rotation, considering the group has thrown more than six innings just two times in their last 11 trips to the mound. 

It’s important to point out that the franchise has proven victorious in five of its last six overall meetings in this rivalry.

Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello (8-4, 4.03 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 4-3 home victory over the Minnesota Twins last time out, as he surrendered three runs and five hits over seven strong innings. The right-hander is 5-2 with a 4.19 ERA in seven road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .266 against him. 

Porcello compiled a 3-0 record and 1.82 ERA in four efforts versus the Tribe a season ago.

Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (6-4, 3.35 ERA) has led the club to wins in five of his last six trips to the mound, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 3-2 road victory over the Boston Red Sox Sunday. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA in seven home starts—issuing 10 walks and striking out 59 batters in 50.1 combined frames. 

In eight lifetime appearances versus the Tigers, Kluber has garnered a 1-3 record and 5.24 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Indians as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won 11 of Kluber’s last 13 outings as a home favorite.
Free MLB Pick: Cleveland Indians 

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