According to the latest oddsmakers, the Indians are favored at home in this game, as they are getting odds of -210 to win, while the Tigers have a money line of +180 to prevail. The over/under total is listed at 8 runs.
The pitching matchup in this game has Michael Fulmer (8-6, 3.20 ERA) on the mound for Detroit to face Corey Kluber (7-3, 2.85) of the Indians. After a slow start to the season, Kluber has been rolling along now, allowing one earned run or fewer in four straight starts. He has went 32 innings over his last four starts as well. On the season, Kluber has 115 strikeouts with 21 walks and a 0.97 WHIP. Fulmer has been Detroit’s top pitcher and workhorse on the mound. However, he has given up at least three runs in seven of his last eight starts. Fulmer has 83 strikeouts with 25 walks and a 1.10 WHIP.
The Indians have taken the first two games in this series, picking up an 11-2 win on Friday and a 4-0 win on Saturday night. The Tigers are now 38-48 overall and 15-28 on the road while the Indians are 47-39 overall and 21-23 at home.
Mike Clevinger threw six scoreless innings on Saturday to get his fifth win of the year. Andrew Miller had two perfect innings and then Cody Allen shut the door on the shutout of the Tigers. Justin Verlander fell to 5-6 on the season despite allowing just one run over 6.2 innings. His bullpen continued to struggle, allowing three runs in 1.1 innings of work. Carlos Santana has two hits and drove in a run to lead Cleveland while Bradley Zimmer had a RBI triple.
I like Fulmer and what he has done on the mound, but I don’t see him being able to match what Kluber will do tonight. The Tigers have gone silent at the plate far too often this season and his supporting bullpen is also susceptible to blow up. Kluber has a reliable bullpen behind him and a batting order that has been more consistent in this series. This should be a competitive game most of the way, but the Indians will blow it open late.
MLB Prediction: Cleveland Indians -210