Four-Game Series Important to Both Teams
Not that every game during the season isn’t important or that it couldn’t turn things around for a team, but the upcoming match could be a tipping point for both the Cleveland Guardians and the Detroit Tigers. Both teams are slipping, especially the Guardians, and the American League Central is turning into a two-horse race between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox. If one of these two teams could dominate this weekend series, they could claw their way back into contention in the near future.
Guardians vs Tigers Game Information
- Game: Guardians (18-22) vs Tigers (15-28)
- Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
- Day/Time: Thursday, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Guardians vs Tigers Live Stream: MLB.tv
Guardians Losing the Offense
The Cleveland Guardians have been watching their offensive performance regress and fall more toward where they were in the 2021 season. While they started the season off hot and one of the top offenses in the MLB in April, May has not been as good for the Guardians. They are still putting up runs, but the power has bee lacking. Luckily, their pitching has been holding tough, but without run support, that means little.
The Guardians are in third place in the AL Central, looking up at the White Sox and Twins. This offensive drop could be understood and manageable if the Guardians were dealing with injuries, but that is not the case.
This four-game series against the Tigers is a chance for the Guardian to turn things arounds. They can distance themselves from the bottom of the AL Central a little bit and propel themselves a bit closer to the division leaders. But the offense has to get going to back the pitchers who have really been doing well over the last week or so.
Tigers Avoid Sweep
The Detroit Tigers have seemed to find a spark of energy here and a spark there, but nothing with any type of consistency. And to make things worse, they have really struggled against the AL Central-leading Twins. They managed to salvage at least one game and avoid a sweep at the hands of Minnesota on Wednesday.
The biggest question is whether they keep things moving forward and get themselves back into the division race? Or are they bound to the cellar for another year while they rebuild? It is the perfect time to make a statement that they are looking to compete.
Despite their struggles, manager A.J. Hinch says that his players are trying to find ways to stay positive and finish with positive performances on a daily basis.
Guardians vs Tigers Head-to-Head
This will be the second series of the season between the Guardians and Tigers. They have only managed to play two games due to a weather postponement and split both. The AL Central rivals will meet another 17 times this season.
Guardians vs Tigers Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
K. Pilkington -L
|+1½ -165||+122||7½ Evo||3½-105o / 3½ -125u|
T. Skubal -L
|-1½ +145||-132||7½ -120u||3½ -135o / 3½ +105u|
Guardians vs Tigers Prediction
This is a tough matchup for sportsbooks to formulate their MLB lines due to both teams struggling. On paper, the Guardians are the better team, but that is skewed a bit due to their hot start. As of the last 10 games, the Tigers are playing slightly better at 5-5 while the Guardians have scuffled with a 3-7 record.
When you bet online, take the moneyline win by the Tigers.
Pick: Detroit Tigers -140