The Cleveland Indians have the brooms within reach, as they hope to bring them out to sweep the Detroit Tigers away on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. The Indians were winners by a score of 4-2 behind a strong performance from Aaron Civale. Including a 10-1 win Wednesday, the Indians can go for the road sweep against the Tigers today. Unfortunately for the Indians, they haven’t been getting any closer to the Twins because they keep winning as well. The Twins were on the winning side again last night, as they will be going for a sweep as well Thursday.
The Indians are in contention for a wildcard along with the division. They’re currently in a battle with the Athletics for homefield advantage in the Wild Card Game. It wouldn’t be tough to fall back and allow the Rays to jump in and steal a spot, though. For the Tribe, they have been handling the Tigers this week, while the Rays have been in Houston a tough spot against the Astros.
Cleveland have been making the most of it, as they win and watch the Rays struggle. The Indians turn their attention to the Rays over the weekend for an ultra important series in Tampa. By the end of Sunday, the Indians could be out of the postseason for the moment if the Rays have their way. It’s going to be one of the most important series of the weekend in the majors.
The Tigers are just looking to get this season over with, so they can start all over again in 2020. They are looking for the reset button on an abysmal season. Tanking in the final month of the season would be their best path to “success” in September. Daniel Norris will do his best to avoid a sweep at home. He will be up against Mike Clevinger of the Indians. Head below for our free Tigers vs. Indians pick.
Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Pick:
Betting odds provided by bovada.lv
The Tigers have been statistically eliminated from the postseason in 2019. However, you could have said this before the season started and it would have been just as accurate. The Tigers were never in a position to play baseball in October. Not in this kind of a rebuilding season. With the Marlins actually playing better baseball in the second-half, the Tigers have had a clear path to finishing last in the majors.
At 39-91, they are the only team in the major leagues without 40 wins yet. The next closest team are the Baltimore Orioles at 44-89. The Tigers just have to keep sucking down the stretch and the first pick is theirs. They’ve gone 2-8 in their previous ten games, so they’ve been doing a pretty good job of losing.
Daniel Norris looked good in his last two appearances, but he only pitched three innings in each game. He held the Rays and Astros scoreless in both outings. This was after getting hammered by the White Sox and Royals for 4 earned runs apiece. He has struggled mostly at home in Comerica.
That goes against the grain of most pitchers who like the friendly dimensions in Detroit. Norris holds an ERA of 5.29 and 1.41 WHIP with just 1 win at home. The Indians have done well against Norris, with 16 runs scored in 111 at-bats.
Conversely, Clevinger has had no problems chewing up the Tigers’ lineup. They are hitting just .181 in 72 at-bats. Miguel Cabrera and Jacoby Jones are the only two hitters on the roster who have taken Clevinger deep. Clevinger enters Comerica with an ERA of 2.93 in his last three games. Note that he has allowed just 1-run in his previous 10.2 innings on the hill. The Indians should be the play to get the day started on Thursday afternoon.