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Indians vs. Tigers on MLB odds

The Detroit Tigers will be looking to increase their lead in the AL Central standings on the Cleveland Indians when those teams begin an MLB betting series on Friday night.

Max Scherzer (12-7, 4.37 ERA) will head to the hill for the Tigers on Friday night. Righthander Scherzer faced the Indians back on June 16, allowing two runs in 5 2-3 innings in a victory.

View Cleveland vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Tigers in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -140 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Tigers sit at No. 10 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Indians sit at an American League No. 12 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Detroit's American League No. 5-ranked scoring average of 4.5 runs per game, against a Indians offense rated No. 7 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The Tigers have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, more than the Indians hitters have managed (8.4 per nine innings).

Detroit owns the American League's No. 11 defense, allowing 4.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Cleveland's American League No. 9-rated defense.

The Indians were a 4-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the White Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Cleveland at -122 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Indians grabbed a win last time out, defeating Philip Humber and the White Sox 4-2 on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Last time out for Detroit, they were a 6-5 loser as they battled the Twins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Twins at +131 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Detroit looks to rebound from a loss to the Twins, who beat them 6-5 on Wednesday behind a start from Carl Pavano at Comerica Park.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing Chi White Sox are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 2-8
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Indians at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Cleveland's last 14 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Detroit is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Detroit's last 14 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Detroit, Saturday, August 20