MLB Picks: Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians

Jeff GrantContributor IMay 20, 2014

MLB Picks: Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians

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    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander is 9-10 with a 5.26 ERA in 20 career road starts against the Cleveland Indians, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Tuesday, when the two teams face off at Progressive Field.

    Sports bettors will find that the Tigers are minus-145 favorites in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at 7.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American League Central matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

Detroit Tigers

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    The Detroit Tigers had their six-game winning streak snapped Monday, as they suffered a 5-4 extra-innings defeat to the Cleveland Indians as plus-104 underdogs.

    MLB handicappers will find that the Tigers are 4-2 as road favorites of minus-125 to minus-150 this season.

Cleveland Indians

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    The Cleveland Indians are 4-6 in their last 10 games, which has played a part in them falling 9.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers in the division standings.

    Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer has compiled a 2-5 record and 5.03 ERA in nine career outings at the MLB level.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the over is 5-2 in Justin Verlander's last seven starts as a road favorite of minus-110 to minus-150.

    Pick: Over 7.5 Runs

     

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