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Cleveland IndiansDetroit Tigers
Aug 21, 1:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers Odds

62-60TEAM RECORD67-58

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Cleveland duelling Detroit on Sunday at Comerica Park.

Ubaldo Jimenez, with a record of 7-9 on the season, gets the ball for the Indians, while the Tigers trot Rick Porcello to the mound in this one. He is 11-8 so far in 2011.

View Cleveland vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Tigers as -130 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tigers rated this week at No. 10 and the Indians sitting at No. 12.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 5 ranked American League offense (4.5 runs per game) against a Indians defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 in the American League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Tigers have been averaging 9.2 hits per game, more than the Indians have managed so far this season (8.4 hits on average).

Defensively, Cleveland features the American League's No. 10-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the American League at home, scoring 4.5 runs per game.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 10-1 loser as they battled the Tigers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Tigers at -138 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Cleveland looks to rebound from a loss to the Tigers, who beat them 10-1 on Saturday behind a start from Doug Fister at Comerica Park.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Seattle are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Indians at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cleveland's last 16 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Detroit's last 16 games when playing at home against Cleveland
Detroit is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Cleveland home to Seattle, Monday, August 22
Detroit at Tampa Bay, Monday, August 22

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