Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians - 4/9/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Cleveland Indians (2-3) vs Detroit Tigers (3-3)
Game Info: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
Zach Plesac (0-1) (3.00) vs Julio Teheran (1-0) (1.80)
Betting Odds: Cleveland Indians -177 / Detroit Tigers +163 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians will host the Detroit Tigers in an AL Central showdown on Friday. It will be the first of a three-game set.
The Indians head into this game after winning 4-2 against the Royals last time out. They had 8 hits but were 0-4 with runners in scoring position. Jose Ramirez hit a pair of two-run home runs, his first two of the year. Shane Bieber got the start and went 6.1 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits with 12 strikeouts. To start the year the Indians have a .215 team batting average with 7 home runs. Jose Ramirez leads the team with a .350 batting average, 2 home runs and 4 RBI.
Starting for the Indians will be young righty Zach Plesac. In his first start he went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts. In his career against these Tigers, he has allowed a .247 batting average with 1 HR in 65 at bats.
The Tigers will come into this one having lost 3 of their last 4. Last time out they fell 3-2 at home to the Twins. Starter Matthew Boyd pitched well, going 7 innings and allowing 3 runs with 10 strikeouts. The Tigers had 8 hits in the game and were 1-3 with runners in scoring position. Wilson Ramos hit a solo shot in the 5th for his 2nd of the year. To start the year the Tigers have a .223 team batting average with 7 home runs.
Detroit will start righty Julio Teheran against the Indians on Friday. IN his first start he went 5 innings, allowing 1 run and 4 hits. These Indians have hit Teheran well in the past, with a .310 batting average and 7 home runs in 101 at bats.
The Indians are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 3-7 on the run line, and the under is 5-4-1.
The Tigers are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 8-2 on the run line, and the under is 6-4.
Neither team has gotten off to a good start, but I give the edge to the Indians here. They should have the edge on the mound, considering Teheran’s struggles against the Indians in his career. With the superior starter and a top-ten bullpen to start the season, I will back Cleveland. Give me the Indians to win.