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MLB Betting: Tigers vs. Indians

The Detroit Tigers will hit the field in Cleveland on Tuesday night to begin an MLB betting series against the division-rival Indians.

Detroit is looking to run away with the AL Central title, and they'll send righthander Doug Fister (4-12, 3.29 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday. Fister has given up three earned runs over 14 innings of work against the Indians so far this season.

View Detroit vs Cleveland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Indians as -134 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 10-rated Tigers taking on the American League's No. 13-rated Indians in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 7 ranked American League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Tigers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 10 in the American League at 4.5 runs allowed per game. The Indians have been averaging 8.3 hits per game, less than the Tigers have managed so far this season (9.1 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Cleveland has the American League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Tigers own the American League's No. 10 mark in runs allowed.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Royals on August 7. Bettors who backed the Royals at +110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Detroit suffered a 4-3 loss against Kansas City on Sunday, as Max Scherzer wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Kauffman Stadium.

In their last action, Cleveland was a 5-3 loser on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Texas at -162 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Cleveland didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-3 to Texas on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark.

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 4-6
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing Texas are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few Tigers at Indians trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Detroit is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cleveland's last 9 games at home
Cleveland is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Cleveland's last 15 games

Next up:
Detroit at Cleveland, Wednesday, August 10