Tribe 20-7 vs. LH Pitchers: Pick Indians vs. Tigers' Smyly

Monday, May 19, 2014 12:48 PM UTC

Monday, May. 19, 2014 12:48 PM UTC

The Cleveland Indians have been one of the biggest disappointments to start the 2014 season, but they may start to turn things around against a fatigued Detroit Tigers’ squad Monday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this A.L. Central matchup.
<p style="text-align:center;"> <style type="text/css"><!-- td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:left;"><iframe width="560" height="330" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></span></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">Rolling Along<br /></b><a style="font-size:1em;" href="/mlb-baseball/team-report/detroit-22/" title="Click here for more betting stats for Detroit Tigers" target="_blank">Detroit owns a seven-game lead</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> in the division standings, which has been helped by winning its last 11 contests away from home, including a 6-2 victory over Boston as +110 underdogs on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.</span></p> <p>The Tigers have won 15 of their last 18 games against the Indians, but they’ll likely struggle to muster up enough energy to earn a win in this spot after traveling to Cleveland overnight from Beantown.</p> <p>MLB handicappers will find that the club is 7-1 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (4-4 'Over/Under').</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;"><br />Woes Continue<br /></b><a style="font-size:1em;" href="" title="Some bettors say that Indians are the worst team this season. True?" target="_blank">Cleveland has scored just eight runs</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> in dropping its last four contests, including a 13-3 blowout loss to the Oakland Athletics as +109 home underdogs Sunday afternoon, while going 'over' the total for the third time in that span.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="/mlb-baseball/team-report/cleveland-21/" title="Click here to view the Cleveland Indians betting trends and stats" target="_blank">The Indians are six games under</a> .500 on the season, and are a dismal 4-11 versus left-handed starters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 13-15 after allowing 10 runs or more in its previous game.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="/picks/mlb/mlb-betting-al-central-future-odds-update/32051/" title="Click here to view our AL Central futures update MLB picks" target="_blank">AL Central Midseason Future Updates</a></p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;">Smyly<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em;">Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (2-2, 2.70 ERA) has watched the team alternate wins and losses over his last four trips to the mound, as he didn’t earn a decision in a 4-1 road victory over the Baltimore Orioles last time out.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">The left-hander is 1-0 with a 0.56 ERA in three road appearances (two starts), with opposing hitters batting .148 against him.</span></p> <p>Smyly has put together a 1-1 record and 5.09 ERA in 11 career outings (one start) versus the Indians.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em;"><br />Kluber<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em;">Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (4-3, 3.38 ERA) has registered back-to-back wins, including a 15-4 road victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in his last effort—surrendering two runs and four hits over seven innings of work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA in four home starts, as he’s issued just five free passes and struck out 35 batters in 29.2 combined frames.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">In seven appearances versus the Tigers, Kluber has compiled a 1-3 record and 5.50 ERA.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><b style="font-size:1em;"><br />Prediction<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em;">I’m going to recommend that readers back the Indians as one of </span><a href="/picks/mlb/" title="Click here for the latest MLB news and preditctions" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;">their MLB picks</a><span style="font-size:1em;">, as they’ve gone 20-7 in their last 27 home games versus southpaw starters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em;">[gameodds]3/264292/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span><b style="font-size:1em;">MLB Free Pick:</b><span style="font-size:1em;"> Cleveland Indians +100</span></p>
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