Guardians vs Tigers Prediction - MLB Picks 4/18/23

Detroit Tigers (5-9) vs Cleveland Guardians (9-7)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)

Matthew Boyd (0-1) (4.00) vs Hunter Gaddis (0-1) (8.53)

Betting Odds: Detroit Tigers +110 / Cleveland Guardians -120 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Tigers will host the Cleveland Guardians for a doubleheader this Tuesday from Comerica Park. 

Guardians Betting Preview

Cleveland is 9-7 after falling to Washington. The Guardians couldn’t hold off the Nats late in the eighth, and they’d fall by one, 7-6. The Cleveland offense is scoring 4.14 runs per game, while batting .239, with a .330 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.14 ERA, with a 1.23 WHIP. Andres Gimenez is first on the team in hits (18) and runs (17) after scoring in eight of the last ten games. Jose Ramirez leads the Guardians in batting average (.290) after recording hits in four of the last five games.

Hunter Gaddis (0-1, 8.53 ERA, 11 Ks) will start Game 1 for Cleveland. The first-year pitcher was roughed up on his last start, failing to make it to the fourth inning for the second time, and giving up eight runs versus the Yankees at home.

Peyton Battenfield (0-0, 1.93 ERA, 3 Ks) will get the call in Game 2 for the Guardians. The rookie pitcher survived 4 ⅔ innings in his MLB debut against the Yankees, while allowing just one run. 

Tigers Betting Preview

Detroit moved to 2-7 after being swept by Boston. The Blue Jays have shown little resistance this month, and they’ll look to avoid a fifth straight loss here. The Detroit offense is scoring 3.02 runs per game, while batting .208, with a .273 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 6.84 ERA, with a 1.52 WHIP. Riley Greene is leading the team in runs (13) and hitting (.232). Miguel Cabrera has recorded a hit in five straight appearances.

Matthew Boyd (0-1, 4.00 ERA, 7 Ks) will take the mound in Game 1 for Detroit. The veteran pitcher was somewhat serviceable in his last start versus Boston, going 4 ⅔ innings while allowing just two runs, but still earning the losing decision.

Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2, 4.50 ERA, 9 Ks) will get the ball in Game 2 for the Tigers. The eighth-year lefty dropped his first two appearances of the season, but he cleaned things up a bit by going six innings and allowing just one run versus Toronto on the road. 

Cleveland vs Detroit Trends

Cleveland is 7-9 against the spread this season, with a 9-6-1 over/under record. Detroit is 6-8 ATS this year, with a 9-5 O/U record.

Corey’s Free Picks

Detroit quietly takes the pitching advantage into both matchups on Tuesday, but it's hard to trust them with such an underwhelming lineup. Even with the upper hand on the mound, the Guardians should still be able to muster some kind of offense versus Matthew Boyd, and with Hunter Gaddis showing little resistance himself, it should reflect on the scoreboard. Take the Over for Game 1.

Now with Eduardo Rodriguez coming off of a sharp start versus Toronto on the road, he has a chance to contain Cleveland in the second half of the doubleheader. A successful outing from Rodriguez should affect the scoreboard, so look for a slower paced contest in game two and roll with the Under.

Corey’s Pick G1 - Over, G2- Under

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