Tigers vs Guardians Prediction - MLB Picks 5/8/23

Cleveland Guardians (16-18) vs Detroit Tigers (15-18)

Game Info: Monday, May 8, 2023 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Tanner Bibee (1-0) (2.45) vs Joey Wentz (0-3) (6.67)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Guardians -200 / Detroit Tigers +165 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Detroit Tigers will play the Cleveland Guardians in Game 1 of their series on Monday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers are 15-18 this season and they have won five of their last six games. Detroit is coming off of a series win against St. Louis, where they won two out of three games. The Detroit pitching staff has a 4.59 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a .240 opponent batting average this season. The Tigers offense has scored 121 runs with a .229 batting average and a .293 on base percentage. Javier Baez is batting .259 with three home runs and 15 RBI’s for the Tigers. The projected starting pitcher for Detroit is Joey Wentz, who is 0-3 with a 6.67 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP over 28.1 innings pitched this year.

Guardians Preview

The Cleveland Guardians are 16-18 this season and they have lost five of their last eight games. Cleveland is coming off of a series win against Minnesota, where they won two out of the three games in the series. The Cleveland pitching staff has a 3.75 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a .243 opponent batting average. The Guardians offense has scored 122 runs with a .224 batting average and a .301 on base percentage this year. Jose Ramirez is batting .282 with three home runs and 18 RBI’s for the Guardians. The projected starting pitcher for Cleveland is Tanner Bibee, who is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 11.0 innings pitched this season.

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Detroit is 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games and 10-2 in their last 12 games against the AL Central. The over is 4-1-2 in Detroit’s last 7 Monday games. Cleveland is 6-2 in their last 8 Monday games and 2-6 in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record. The under is 8-0 in Cleveland’s last 8 game one’s of a series. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.


Detroit has played very well in recent games and is coming off of a series win in St. Louis, but they will have Joey Wentz on the mound, who has allowed 12 earned runs in his last 15.2 innings pitched. Cleveland is starting Tanner Bibee, who has allowed three earned runs over 11 innings of work this year. The Tigers have been fighting over the last couple of weeks and I am going to take them +1.5 in this matchup. 

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David’s Pick Tigers +1.5

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