Cleveland Indians (20-21, 7-12 Away) at Detroit Tigers (19-22, 12-9 Home)
MLB: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan, 1:10 PM ET
The Cleveland Indians won three out of four games with Milwaukee and Kansas City, but lost the opening two games of the series with the Tigers; however, they are still at the top of the AL Central and are hoping to stay there after this tilt. On the other hand, the Detroit Tigers won four out of the previous five games including three in a row and came to just one win away from the Indians in the standings, while the Minnesota Twins are in between, so this week can give us changes at the top of the division.
The pitching matchup for Wednesday’s tilt will give us Trevor Bauer for the Cleveland Indians against the Detroit Tigers’ Ryan Carpenter. First pitch was set for 1:10 PM ET.
The Indians are looking to end the series with a victory
Cleveland is not playing well in the last couple of weeks and although they swept the Detroit Tigers in four games earlier this season, the Indians are now facing with sweeping at the Comerica Park, and they must win on Wednesday if they want to keep the top spot in the division. The Indians were close to winning the previous tilt as they were 5-1 and 8-4 up, but the resilient hosts responded with five runs in the seventh inning to get a 9-8 victory. The veteran Rajai Davis led his team with a pair of runs, but failing to score in the last three innings turned out to be costly for Cleveland.
Trevor Bauer is listed as a starting pitcher against the Detroit Tigers, and he’s coming from a 17-9 record in 2017, a 4.19 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, 60 walks, and 196 strikeouts in 32 games in total. Bauer started eight games in this season and has two wins and three losses as he pitched 51 innings, allowing 41 hits and 20 runs with 21 walks and 57 strikeouts. The Indians are 10-4 in Bauer’s last 14 starts after scoring five runs or more in their previous game, while they are 0-5 in Bauer’s previous five road starts.
The Tigers are hoping to surpass the Indians in the standings with a win here
Detroit didn’t have the best starts of the season as they struggled for the most part of April, but started playing better this month and now are in a fine run of three wins, including two over the Indians. The Tigers showed great commitment and bravery after trailing 5-1 and 8-4 in the previous clash with Cleveland, and completed a comeback in the seventh inning, thanks to a couple of runs from JaCoby Jones and John Hicks, and now are looking to sweep the opponents with a third win.
Ryan Carpenter is set to start against the Cleveland Indians, and the 27-year-old rookie pitcher is still searching for his first win in the professional baseball. He started one game in this campaign and played in two overall as he pitched three innings, allowing five hits and three runs with two walks and four strikeouts. Carpenter’s inexperience could play a vital role in this encounter as his lack of playing time can be a problem for the Tigers here.
- 4-1 in their last five games played on Wednesday
- 40-12 in their last 52 vs. American League Central rivals
- 16-5 in their last 21 during game three of a series
- 21-10 in their last 31 games following a loss
- 16-36 in their last 52 vs. American League Central rivals
- 6-15 in their last 21 games played on Wednesday
- 3-8 in their last 11 when their opponent allows five runs or more in their previous game
Cleveland won 15 out of the previous 18 H2H meetings and the first four in this season, but the Tigers won the last two clashes and they didn’t record three in a row over the Indians since 2015. The Indians were victorious in six out of the past eight duels at the Comerica Park, and although they fell short in the previous two, I am backing the visitors to win here as I don’t think they will drop a victory as they did on Tuesday. When it comes to the points, over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Detroit, while over is 11-1 in Bauer’s previous 12 starts vs. Tigers.