We cashed a nice dog on the Blue Jays last night, as we look to get some more heading into the weekend. It seemed like the public was hammering the Orioles, with the odds getting juicer right up until first pitch. If you got the price right before close on the Jays, you cashed a fat dog. The Blue Jays’ offense exploded, though, and gave Marco Estrada a lot of help.
They are susceptible to finding games where they just go off, but too often they flounder and look the complete opposite in the next instance. It’s too late for them to get hot, so it’s more for pride at this point. We leave Baltimore and head to Detroit for Game 2 of a doubleheader at Comerica.
The Tigers sent shockwaves through baseball after a late-night move, which sent Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros for three prospects. It originally looked like Verlander rejected the deal, but it was confirmed in the early morning as in fact taking place.
Verlander leaves quite the legacy in Detroit, but he now instantly gets thrusted into World Series contention with the Astros. He has plenty of postseason experience under his belt as well. In other news, Justin Upton was traded to the Angels, too.
It was expected that the Tigers were going to dump money, but I didn’t quite see them going this far. Heavy hitter J.D. Martinez was also shipped out to the Diamondbacks earlier in the season. The Tigers waved the white flag on their season over a month ago, but this just buries the hatchet.
Get ready for some pain in Detroit, as the Tigers are not going to be looking at competing for the next few years. They won’t be as bad as the early 2000 Tigers, but bad nonetheless. Meanwhile, the Indians are in total control of the American League Central. Head below for our free Tigers vs. Indians pick. Note that this is for the night game of the doubleheader.
Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Mike Clevinger (7-5, 3.72 ERA) vs. Buck Farmer (3-1, 6.17 ERA)
Buck Farmer will try and do his best Justin Verlander impression tonight, but if his previous starts are any indications, you may want to hide if you’re a Tigers’ fan when he’s pitching. Farmer was supposed to be an up and comer for the Tigers years ago, but he’s nothing more than a rotation stuffer at this juncture. He enters Friday with an ERA of 6.17 in five starts. Farmer sported a 3.93 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in the minors with Toledo. Those aren’t the best minor league numbers for a guy looking to catch on to the starting rotation in Detroit.
Farmer got throttled in his last three appearances, posting a 13.94 ERA. Farmer will look to upend Mike Clevinger tonight. Clevinger is a testament to how deep the pitching is on the Indians. They can get it done from the starters and the bullpen. Clevinger has been solid with a 3.72 ERA, including a 2.08 ERA in his last three outings. He’s also been performing better on the road with a 2.86 ERA, compared to a 4.70 ERA in Cleveland. The Tigers are on ice right now, and have a depleted, aging roster. Farmer shouldn’t be able to handle the Indians in Game 2 of the Friday doubleheader in Detroit. I like the Indians to take this by a couple of runs or more.
PICK: INDIANS -1.5 (-105)