MLB Picks: Bet Tigers -143 vs. Indians

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:40 PM GMT

Wednesday, May. 22, 2013 12:40 PM GMT

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has struggled in his last two starts, as he attempts to turn things around against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League Central matchup at Progressive Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report

Favored on the road 

Detroit picked up a 5-1 series-opening victory over Cleveland as -141 road favorites Tuesday night, while going UNDER the total for the third time in four contests. 

The Tigers are 48-29 as road favorites of -125 or higher the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 40-32-5 in that situation.

Share your thoughts and picks for this game with fellow bettors.

Still the hottest team in baseball 

Cleveland had its five-game winning streak snapped last time out, but has still managed to capture victories in 18 of its last 23 games.  The club holds a 1.5-game advantage over the Tigers in the divisional standings. 

The Indians are 4-5 as home underdogs during the 2013 MLB campaign, with the OVER going 5-4 in those nine opportunities. 

Verlander 

Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (4-4, 3.17 ERA) has dropped back-to-back starts, including a 10-4 setback on the road to the Texas Rangers last time out, as he allowed eight runs and six hits over just 2.2 innings of work. 

The right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.58 ERA in five road outings, surrendering just a single home run over 27.2 combined frames. 

In 31 career games versus the Indians, Verlander has compiled an even 14-14 record and 4.57 ERA, which includes a 7-6 home loss on May 11. 

Jimenez 

Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 5.31 ERA) has led the club to five consecutive victories, as he didn’t earn a decision in a 6-3 home win over the Seattle Mariners last time out, allowing two runs and seven hits over five innings. 

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 9.72 ERA in four home efforts, with opposing hitters batting .303 against him, while he’s issued 13 walks in 16.2 combine frames. 

In 14 career appearances versus the Tigers, Jimenez has tallied a 5-7 record and 4.79 ERA, but earned a victory against Verlander earlier this month.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tigers as one of their MLB picks Wednesday, as they’ve gone 5-0 in Verlander’s last five starts following an outing of less than four innings in his previous appearance. 

With a 60-70 percent chance of thunderstorms expected in the Cleveland area throughout the game, it’s important to monitor the forecast before stepping up to the betting window. 

MLB Pick:  Detroit Tigers -143 at Bet365
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