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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Friday when the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians meet at Progressive Field.
Righthander Rick Porcello will take the mound for the Tigers to start this game. Porcello is 4-6 this season with a 5.34 ERA.
The Indians will counter Porcello with Justin Masterson. Righthander Masterson has a 3.48 ERA to go along with a 10-6 record this season.
In their last action, Detroit was a 11-1 winner on the road against the Blue Jays. Bettors on Detroit at -132 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (12) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 10-7 loser as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Royals at -140 were rewarded, while the 17 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Detroit has won 3 straight games.
Cleveland has lost 2 straight games.
Detroit: 46-38 SU
Cleveland: 45-40 SU
Detroit most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
Cleveland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Detroit are 3-7
After playing Kansas City are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
A few trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Detroit's last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 9 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games
Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games at home
Cleveland home to Detroit, Saturday, July 6