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Cleveland Guardians vs. Detroit Tigers May 27 Betting Preview
Friday night features Game 2 of a four-game series from the Motor City as the Cleveland Guardians (18-23) take on the Detroit Tigers (16-28). The Tigers will host this one at Comerica Park with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm ET.
The Tigers took the first game of the series on Thursday 4-3. In the win, Tarik Skubal went seven innings, allowing three earned runs and struck out five. Gregory Soto was credited with the win in relief.
Offensively, the Tigers had nine hits including a three for four game by Miguel Cabrera. His last hit was a walk-off single in the ninth inning.
Cleveland had eight hits in total. Oscar Gonzalez led the team with two hits while Owen Miller added two runs batted in.
Guardians vs. Tigers Betting Odds
The Guardians are the favorites in this one despite playing on the road. They are -174 to win while the Tigers moneyline sits at +146. The runline features Detroit +1.5 (-128), and the over/under for total runs sits at seven.
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Cleveland will send ace Shane Bieber to the hill Friday. On the season, he is 1-3 with a 3.55 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and has 46 strikeouts in 45.2 innings of work. In his last start, Bieber took a loss against the Tigers despite giving up just two runs over seven innings and striking out 10.
The Tigers will counter with 26-year-old righty Alex Faedo. This season, he is 1-1 in four starts with a 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and he has 14 strikeouts in 21 innings. Faedo took the win against Cleveland in his last start, going 5.1 innings and allowing two earned runs.
By The Numbers
Cleveland holds the advantage in terms of power. They rank 23rd in the majors in home runs with 36. The Tigers rank dead last with just 25 home runs.
The Tigers hold the advantage in terms of pitching earned run average. They rank 11th with a staff ERA of 3.57. The Guardians rank 18th at 3.96.
Cleveland Looking To Turn Around Rough Stretch
The Guardians are in the midst of a rough stretch as they have lost seven of their last 10 games. Especially playing on the road, where they are just 10-15 this season, they will look to get things turned around in Game 2 in Detroit.
Leading the offense for Cleveland is third baseman Jose Ramirez. He is currently hitting .292/.385/.617 with 11 home runs, 43 runs batted in, 24 runs, and four stolen bases. He leads the team in all four of those categories.
Against Alex Faedo, Josh Naylor has a home run in his lone at bat against the righty. Owen Miller is also two for three with a run batted in.
Tigers Trying To Take Advantage Of Home Field
At 16-28 overall, the Tigers have had a tough start to the season as they sit 11 games back in the AL Central. They have also struggled at home this season as they are 10-13; however, they have played better as of late winning four of their last five games at Comerica Park.
At 39-years-old, Miguel Cabrera continues to produce. Not only did he have the game-winning hit on Thursday, but he is also hitting .300/.346/.407 with three home runs and 18 runs batted in.
Against Bieber, Cabrera is only hitting .222, but he does have a home run and three runs batted in. Willi Castro and Jonathan Schoop have also homered off of the righty.
Guardians Need To Even Up Series
If the Guardians hope to compete in the division, they need to take advantage when they play against weaker teams. With the Tigers struggling thus far, this is a series that Cleveland really would love to win.
After dropping their first game, they will look to their ace, Shane Bieber, to get them back on track Friday. Alex Faedo was able to take down Cleveland in his last start, but the Guardians will look to repay the favor. With Bieber on the mound, they should have a good shot.
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