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Tigers open road series vs. Tribe

The Detroit Tigers will be looking to extend their lead on the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central division race on Monday night as the teams open up a series at Progressive Field.

The Tigers are 9-3 against the Indians so far this season on the MLB betting lines for their supporters, with the OVER/UNDER going 7-5 on the totals in those contests. Overall Detroit is 14-6 over its 20 most recent games vs. Cleveland.

Corey Kluber gets the call for the Cleveland Indians and he will try to build on a 6-5 mark. In the other dugout, Anibal Sanchez brings a 9-7 ledger to the game for the Tigers as he tries to quiet the Indians bats.

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Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Cleveland sat as +110 underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 7.5, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Indians at No. 6 in the American League and the Tigers at No. 1 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cleveland's No. 3-rated American League offense, averaging 4.7 runs per game, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 2 in the American League at 3.9 in runs allowed per game. The Indians have averaged 8.7 hits per game so far, less than Tigers batters have averaged on the year (9.9 hits per game).

Cleveland owns the American League's No. 8 defense, allowing 4.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Detroit's American League No. 2-rated defense.

The Tigers were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the White Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at -200 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. Detroit needed extra innings to get the job done against the White Sox on Sunday as the Tigers defeated them 3-2 at Comerica Park.

Cleveland won its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Marlins on August 4. Bettors who backed the Indians at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Scott Kazmir silenced the Marlins bats in a 2-0 victory last time out versus Miami at Marlins Park.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Chi White Sox are 8-2
After a win are 9-1

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Detroit are 3-7
After playing Miami are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Tigers at Indians trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Cleveland
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Cleveland's last 23 games

Next up:
Detroit at Cleveland, Tuesday, August 6

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