As we look to make our MLB prediction for this contest as well as give you are Cleveland Indians VS Detroit Tigers spread picks and prediction, we will also look a little deeper at these two clubs. The key focus on the 2020 MLB season is the divisional matchups for each team as they look to square off with each divisional opponent ten times over the course of their 60 game MLB season. For the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers, the head to head matchup couldn’t come at a better team as both teams sit in a key race in the division that features all five teams having at least eight wins to start the season.
Entering play on Thursday, the Cleveland Indians currently sit in third place within the AL Central after winning 10 of their first 19 games to start the season. The Indians success has been based on their strong pitching performance to start the season leading the American League in fewest runs allowed (51) but their offense ranks tied for last with just 62 runs scored. Meanwhile the Tigers have been steady scoring 82 runs over their first 16 games while allowing 84 runs in route to their 9-7 start to the season.
While the season has yet to hit the halfway point at this time, both the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers are alive in the American League Central heading into a very important weekend series. Here is an MLB preview of the Cleveland Indians VS Detroit Tigers on Saturday August 15th, 2020:
Cleveland Indians Hitting – The Indians lineup has gotten off to a slow start to the 2020 MLB season including All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor enters Thursday batting just .227 on the season with only 17 hits over his first 75 at bats. Despite the struggles, the Indians lineup has a ton of potential including Jose Ramirez who leads the team with four home runs and 13 runs batted in. When the Indians lineup wakes up, they could be a difficult team to slow down.
Detroit Tigers Hitting – Entering Thursday, the Tigers lineup has shown their ability to hit for power while making it difficult for opposing pitchers to pitch around them. Over the course of their first 16 games, the Tigers rank 3rd in the American League with 26 home runs. Leading the Tigers offense has been JaCoby Jones who leads the team in home runs (5), runs batted in (12) and doubles (4). In addition to Jones, Jonathan Schoop, Miguel Cabrera and C.J. Cron all have four home runs each.
Matchup Advantage – Detroit Tigers Hitting
Shane Bieber (3-0, 1.63 ERA), Cleveland Indians – The Indians starter has been brilliant to start the season allowing just five earned runs over his first 27.2 innings of work while striking out 29 batters. In his four starts this season the Indians are 4-0 while Bieber has worked at least six innings in each of those starts. In his career against the Tigers lineup, the roster is just 12 for 60 against him with 19 strikeouts.
Spencer Turnbull (2-0, 2.00 ERA), Detroit Tigers – In what might be the brightest spot for the Tigers, Turnbull has been brilliant this season for the Tigers over his first three starts. Over those three starts the Tigers are 3-0 while Turnbull has allowed just four earned runs in 18 innings of work. Entering this series only one Indians hitter (Brad Miller) has faced him going 1-2.
Matchup Advantage – Cleveland Indians Pitching
CentSports Free MLB Spread pick & Prediction: Cleveland Indians
CentSports Opinion: In a matchup of what could be a pitcher’s game feature two starters with earned run averages at or below the 2.00 mark, this contest could come down to who has the better bullpen and the key hit. Despite the lack of offense at times this season, it is hard to look past the Indians with Bieber on the mound this season.