Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction MLB Picks 5/8/24

Cleveland Guardians (23-12) vs Detroit Tigers (18-17)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 1:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Tanner Bibee (2-1) (4.46) vs Reese Olson (0-4) (2.70)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Guardians -143 / Detroit Tigers +122 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Guardians meet Wednesday in MLB action from Progressive Field. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Detroit Tigers will send out Reese Olson here and Olson is 0-4 with a 2.70 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be Olson’s first career start against the Guardians. Tanner Bibee will get the start for the Guardians and is 2-1 with a 4.46 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bibee is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA and 8 strikeouts against Detroit.

Detroit Tigers Recap

The Detroit Tigers managed to pull off the 11-7 win over the Guardians on Tuesday, snapping their four-game losing streak and putting themselves in a good spot to get a series win to bounce back from being swept at the hands of the New York Yankees over the weekend.

Despite Win, Tigers Offense Remains Inconsistent

Riley Greene leads the Tigers with 34 hits including 9 home runs and 17 RBIs along with a .264 batting average and a .385 OBP this season. Spencer Torkelson has a team-high 12 doubles along with 12 RBIs while Greene has a team-high 40 strikeouts this season. Mark Canha has 8 doubles, 5 home runs and 16 RBI and Javier Baez has a team-high 6 stolen bases.

Why the Detroit Tigers will win

  • Probable Starting Pitcher: Reese Olson Record this season: 0-4 ERA: 2.70
  • The Tigers have won seven of their last eight road games against AL Central opponents following a win.
  • The Guardians have lost 10 of their last 15 games as favorites against AL Central opponents.
  • The Tigers have covered the run line in each of their last seven games as road underdogs following a win.
  • The Guardians have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven day games against the Tigers following a loss.
  • The Tigers have led after 3 innings in each of their last four day games against the Guardians at Progressive Field.
  • The Tigers have led after 5 innings in each of their last five day games against the Guardians.
  • The Tigers have won the first inning in each of their last four day games at Progressive Field.

Cleveland Guardians Recap

The Cleveland Guardians will be hoping to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss in the hopes of winning back-to-back series and bouncing back from the series loss to the Astros last week. The Guardians will meet the White Sox after this series.

Guardians Consistent, But Small Ball Isn’t Producing A Ton Of Runs

Steven Kwan leads the Guardians with 47 hits including 3 home runs, 11 RBIs, 6 doubles and a pair of triples with a .353 batting average and a .407 OBP. Josh Naylor has a team-high 9 home runs with 28 RBIs and 7 doubles while Jose Ramirez has 7 homers with 30 RBIs. Brayan Rocchio has a team-high 8 doubles and 5 stolen bases as well this season.

Why the Cleveland Guardians will win

  • Probable Starting Pitcher: Tanner Bibee Record this season: 2-1 ERA: 4.46
  • The Guardians have won each of their last 12 Wednesday games against AL Central opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Tigers have lost five of their last six road games.
  • The Guardians have covered the run line each of their last 10 Wednesday day games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Tigers have failed to cover the run line in 16 of their last 19 games as road underdogs against the Guardians following a win.

Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction

I’m on the under here. Tuesday was a bit of an anomaly, but the Tigers don’t normally hit righties well, and I think Bibee could have a nice start against Detroit here. On the other side, Cleveland likes to play small ball and a lot of their recent games have ended up being lower-scoring, and not only that, Cleveland division unders have been a money machine going back to last season. I think this game gets back to that trend of being lower scoring in a first to 3 or first to 4 wins kind of game. Give me the under here.

 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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