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MLB Game Preview - Indians underdogs vs Tigers at Cleveland

Detroit TigersCleveland Indians
May 24, 12:05 PM | GrassProgressive Field

Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians Odds

20-23TEAM RECORD25-18

The Cleveland Indians look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Tigers arrive at Progressive Field on Thursday.

For the Indians, Justin Masterson gets the ball, charged with keeping the Tigers hitters off the base paths. He'll face Justin Verlander, 5-1 on the year.

View Detroit vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 130 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 7 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 9 (Indians) and the No. 8 (Tigers) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Cleveland has the American League's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 8.4 hits per game. The Tigers average 8.7 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the American League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Detroit owns the American League's No. 9-rated road mark, allowing 4.5 runs per game on the highway. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 11 in scoring at home.

Detroit was a 4-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Indians. They lost as -110 favorites, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors. Detroit suffered a 4-2 loss against Cleveland on Wednesday, as Doug Fister wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Progressive Field.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 8-2
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

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

A few Tigers at Indians trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games
Detroit is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games on the road
Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against Detroit
Cleveland is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Detroit at Minnesota, Friday, May 25
Cleveland at Chi White Sox, Friday, May 25