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Sanchez, Tigers take on the Indians

Righthander Anibal Sanchez will be given the ball on Saturday night as the Detroit Tigers continue their home MLB betting series against the division-rival Cleveland Indians.

Sanchez has a record of 11-7 with a 2.61 ERA on the season, and in his six career starts against Cleveland he's 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA. The righthander took a no-decision against the A's last time out, allowing four runs in just five innings.

Scott Kazmir gets the ball for Cleveland; he's 7-6 so far this season.

View Cleveland vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Tigers in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -188 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 8.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The Tigers - Indians odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Detroit is rated No. 1 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Cleveland is at No. 6 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Indians rank No. 10 in the American League at 8.5 hits per game. That compares with Detroit’s No. 1 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Detroit has the American League's No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Indians own the American League's No. 8 mark in runs allowed.

Cleveland lost its last outing, a 7-2 result against the Tigers on August 30. Bettors who backed the Tigers at -146 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Indians endured a 7-2 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Friday, with Zach McAllister throwing 3 2/3 innings of 6-hit ball at Comerica Park.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 2-8
After playing Detroit are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 9-1
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

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

Next up:
Cleveland at Detroit, Sunday, September 1