Cleveland Guardians vs. Detroit Tigers August 10 Betting Preview
After taking Tuesday’s opener 5-2, the Cleveland Guardians (57-52) will try to secure a series win on Wednesday as they take on the Detroit Tigers (43-68). This game will be played at Comerica Park in Detroit with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm ET.
In the win Tuesday, Cleveland’s Shane Bieber dominated. He threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out eight.
Offensively, the Guardians hammered out 11 hits led by Amed Rosario’s three for four night. Oscar Gonzalez and Andres Gimenez had two hits apiece in the victory.
Riley Greene had two hits for the Tigers in the leadoff spot, but the team only managed four other hits on the night.
August 10 Guardians vs. Tigers Odds
For Wednesday’s game, the Guardians are the favorites despite playing on the road. They are -166 to win while the Tigers’ moneyline sits at +140. The runline features Detroit +1.5 (-120), and the over/under for total runs is eight.
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Aaron Civale will be activated from the injured list to start Wednesday’s game. In 12 games this season, he is 2-5 with a 6.17 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and has 52 strikeouts in 54 innings of work.
Detroit will turn to 31-year-old righty Drew Hutchison. In 18 games, he is 1-5 with a 4.37 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and has 35 strikeouts in 55.2 innings. He took a loss against the Rays in his last start despite allowing just two earned runs in six innings.
Cleveland Hopes To Keep Hold Of First Place
With Cleveland’s win and Minnesota’s loss on Tuesday, the two teams moved into a tie for first place atop the AL Central standings. With two more games against the last place Tigers (and the Twins facing the Dodgers), Cleveland hopes to not only keep a hold of first place, but hopefully take control outright.
Against the Tigers’ Drew Hutchison, keep an eye on third baseman Jose Ramirez. In 11 at bats versus the righty, Ramirez is hitting .455 with a home run and five runs batted in.
Over the last couple weeks, the hottest hitter on the Guardians has been Amed Rosario. In 63 at bats over that span, Rosario is hitting .270/.281/.460 with three home runs, 12 runs batted in, and seven runs scored. He leads the team in all three of those categories over the last two weeks.
Detroit’s Woes Continue
Coming into this season, many predicted the Detroit Tigers as a potential challenger for the division title after their strong play last year. At 43-68, though, they sit dead last in the AL Central and have gone just 2-8 in their last 10 games.
Trying to help the team break out of their slump is future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cabrera. In 332 at bats this season, Cabrera is hitting .268/.317/.331 with four home runs, 37 runs batted in, and 23 runs scored.
Against the Guardians’ Aaron Civale, Akil Baddoo and Victor Reyes have been the Tigers’ most productive hitters. In seven at bats against Civale, Baddoo is hitting .286 with a home run. Reyes is hitting .308 in 13 at bats with a single run batted in.
Wednesday May Be About The Offenses
With both of Wednesday’s starters having less than ideal seasons, it may boil down to the offenses in this matchup.
For the Guardians, they rank 15th in the majors averaging 4.33 runs per game (4.53 on the road). The Tigers rank last in the majors as they are averaging just 3.22 runs per game (3.79 at home).
Looking at the trends, the Guardians are 4-1 in their last five games against the Tigers and 6-3 in their last nine games overall. For the Tigers, they are just 1-4 in their last five games at Comerica Park.
While Aaron Civale may not be a dominating ace, the Guardians are hoping that he can simply contain the Tigers on Wednesday. If he can do so, they should have a good chance of outscoring a Tigers’ team that has struggled at the plate this year.
As we enter the last third of the regular season, the Guardians have put themselves in a good spot to compete for a postseason appearance. Now, they have to take advantage of the weaker teams, which means finding a way to win Wednesday’s game against Detroit.
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