Detroit Tigers (60-82 SU, 76-60-6 O/U) v. Cleveland Indians (87-56 SU, 54-79-10 O/U) at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 7:10 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Myles Jaye 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.88 WHIP (DET) v. Carlos Carrasco (R) 14-6, 3.53 ERA, WHIP (CLE)
Money Line: Detroit Tigers +280 | Cleveland Indians -310
The Cleveland Indians will play host to the Detroit Tigers in Monday’s AL Central showdown at Progressive Field. The Indians are in the driver’s seat in the division standings. The Tribe has a 13 game lead over the second-place Minnesota Twins in the Central. Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers find themselves at the other end of the spectrum. The Tigers are 26.5 games behind the Indians in the division standings, and they have no chance of making the post season. The Indians have won 18 consecutive games. Will they win their 19th straight contest on Monday night?
TIgers crushed by the Blue Jays
The Detroit Tigers came up short in an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto on Sunday. The Tigers couldn’t seem to get anything going at the plate in the loss. They finished the game with just 7 hits. To rub salt in the wound, the loss doomed the Tigers to their second consecutive losing season. Detroit’s lineup will need to step up and help out their rookie pitcher in order to snap Cleveland’s impressive streak.
Myles Jaye will get his first major league start in Monday’s matchup with the Cleveland Indians. Jaye has seen some limited action as a reliever this season, but this will be his first chance as a part of the starting rotation. The right-handed rookie has pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings this season, and he has only allowed 3 runs, 2 walks. However, Jaye still hasn’t struck out a batter. He’ll be looking to pick up his first strike out and beat the Indians on Monday.
Indians keep cruising towards history
The Cleveland Indians are only four games away from breaking a record that’s over 80 years old. The Tribe beat the Orioles 3-2 on Sunday for their 18th consecutive victory, which is only three games short of the 1935 Chicago Cubs’ streak of 21 consecutive wins. Cleveland’s lineup has been tremendous during this winning streak. The Indians have been one of the highest-scoring teams in the majors. They’ve scored 722 runs this year, which is the sixth-most in the majors.
Carlos Carrasco will get the nod for the Indians on Monday. Carrasco has had an excellent season thus far. The veteran right-hander was dominant in his last start against the White Sox in Chicago. Carrasco only allowed three hits and one run in a complete game, picking up his 14th win of the season. He also had 9 strikeouts in the win over the South Siders. Carrasco will try to keep the winning streak going as he takes on an anemic Blue Jays lineup in this one.
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
- 3-9 in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- 2-8 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series.
- 1-5 in their last 6 Monday games.
- 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
The Cleveland Indians are:
- 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games.
- 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- 21-5 in their last 26 vs. American League Central.
- 5-0 in Carrasco’s last 5 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
Carlos Carrasco has been dominant throughout the year, and I doubt he’ll have any trouble with the Blue Jays. Carrasco easily won his only start against the Jays this season. He pitched seven scoreless innings in that start, and he only allowed three hits. Furthermore, Carrasco fanned 7 Jays on his way to a win. The Indians will be facing a rookie pitcher, so I expect them to light up the scoreboard on the way to their 19th consecutive win.