Cleveland Guardians vs. Detroit Tigers July 7 Betting Preview

Cleveland Guardians vs. Detroit Tigers July 7 Betting Preview

Cole Paganelli
7 months ago
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Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber throws a pitch

For the Cleveland Guardians (40-39), this week has been a missed opportunity. They went from hoping to win the series versus the Detroit Tigers (33-47) to now just hoping to salvage the finale of this four-game series. The final game will be played at Comerica Park on Wednesday, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10 pm ET.

After taking the doubleheader Monday, the Tigers also won Tuesday’s game 11-4. In the win, Drew Hutchison picked up his first win after going five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits.

Offensively, Victor Reyes, Riley Greene, Miguel Cabrera, and Eric Haase combined for ten hits, nine runs batted in, and seven runs scored. Haase had a home run in the victory.

While the Guardians did manage 11 hits, they also left 15 runners stranded on base. Owen Miller, Luke Maile, and Ernie Clement all had two hits apiece in the loss.

Guardians vs. Tigers July 7 Betting Odds

The Guardians are heavy favorites Wednesday despite playing on the road. They are -179 to win while the Tigers’ moneyline sits at +155. The runline features Detroit +1.5 (-122), and the over/under for total runs is 7.5.

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Pitching Matchup

Cleveland will send ace Shane Bieber to the mound for the finale. In 15 games, he is 3-4 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and has 93 strikeouts in 91 innings.

Bieber took a no-decision in his last start against the Twins after giving up three runs in six innings of work. In his last three starts, he has given up a combined eight runs in 19.1 innings while striking out 18.

Detroit will counter with righty Michael Pineda. In six games, he is 1-3 with a 3.62 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and has 15 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

Guardians Desperate For A Win

Having lost five of their last six games, the Cleveland Guardians now find themselves just a game over .500 and 4.5 games back in the AL Central. They desperately need to find a way to win the finale to avoid falling to .500 and possibly slipping even further in the standings.

Against Tigers’ starter Michael Pineda, there are a few starters who have decent numbers. Jose Ramirez and Sandy Leon are three for eight against the righty, while Luke Maile is two for six. Maile also has two homers off of the righty.

The Guardians’ best hitter all season has been Jose Ramirez, but he has been in a bit of a slump lately. In his last seven games (26 at bats), he is hitting just .192/.276/.269 with no home runs, no runs batted in, three walks, and nine strikeouts. The Guardians hope he can get back on track on Wednesday.

Tigers Getting Brooms Out Of The Closet

At 33-47, the Tigers have had a tough season. Not only are they struggling overall, but they are 12 games back in the division. Despite their struggles, they are hoping to get the brooms out of the closet Wednesday as they look for the sweep over their divisional rivals.

Of all of the Tigers’ hitters, Jonathan Schoop has hit Shane Bieber the best in his career. In 24 at bats, he is hitting .292 with a solo home run. Aside from Schoop, Willi Castro and Miguel Cabrera have also taken the righty deep.

Detroit is loving what they are seeing out of rookie phenom Riley Greene. One of Tuesday’s heroes, the 21-year-old, is hitting .274/.384/.403 in just 62 at bats with a home run, eight runs batted in, and 12 runs scored.

Can Bieber Be The Tigers Stopper?

In every rotation, teams love to have that one ace that can serve as a stopper when the teams get on a losing streak. For the Guardians, they are hoping that stopper is Shane Bieber and that the team can get back in the win column.

On paper, the Guardians have the advantage on the mound; the question is whether Bieber can slow down a Tigers team that is starting to get some momentum and whether the Guardians’ offense can do their part and put up some runs.

Either way, it is going to be a disappointing flight to Kansas City for their next series, but it will be a whole lot better if they can at least take Wednesday’s finale.

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