Guardians Go for Series Win over Tigers
Despite being division rivals, Friday saw the first meeting of the 2022 MLB season between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Guardians.
The Guardians took the series opener, snapping a tough stretch they faced for a couple of weeks. Now, the Tigers will seek revenge and hope to end their recent skid.
Tigers Showing Toothless Performance on Road
After a busy offseason, many expected the Detroit Tigers to compete for a Wild-Card spot in a competitive American League playoff race.
But so far, all the 13-26 Tigers have to show for their winter splashes is the worst record in the AL and the third-worst in baseball. Their struggles have largely come on the road, boasting a 4-13 mark away from Comerica Park.
Detroit’s MLB playoff odds have dropped due in large part to a stagnant offense. Entering play on Saturday, the Tigers have a league-low 20 home runs and 106 runs and have the second-lowest OPS (.596).
Detroit’s pitching has prevented its record from being even worse, ranking 12th in ERA (3.67) and 13th in WHIP (1.20).
Alex Faedo, one of Detroit’s many young starting pitchers, will take the mound. The 26-year-old rookie has gone five or more innings in each of his three starts, registering a 2.87 ERA with 12 strikeouts.
Guardians in Middle of the Standings
The Cleveland Guardians may have a new name, but the results feel similar to last season. After a subpar 80-82 campaign, Cleveland has opened up the ‘22 season at 17-19, placing it third in the AL Central. That said, the Guardians have a winning record at home (8-7) and carry a positive run differential.
Those familiar with MLB picks know Cleveland’s strength is in its offense. After Friday’s win, the Guardians have the seventh-best batting average in MLB (.247) and the 11th-best OPS (.707).
They also have a solid 1.20 WHIP and .228 batting average against, but their 4.01 ERA is the eight-highest in baseball.
Luckily for Guardians fans, staff ace Shane Bieber will take the mound on Saturday. The 2020 Cy Young winner is falling a little short of expectations to the tune of a 3.72 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, but has four quality starts in his last five outings.
Tigers vs Guardians Head-to-Head
Thanks to a three-run blast from Jose Ramirez and the best start of the year from Aaron Civale, the Cleveland Guardians took down the Detroit Tigers 6-1 on Friday. It was the first of 19 meetings the AL Central foes will have against each other in 2022.
Cleveland has largely owned this rivalry in recent seasons. The Guardians have won the season series every year since 2016, including an 18-1 record in 2019.
Tigers vs Guardians Game Information
- Game: Detroit Tigers (13-26) at Cleveland Guardians (17-19)
- Location: Progressive Field
- Day/Time: Saturday, 6:10 p.m. ET
- Livestream: MLB.tv
Tigers vs Guardians Betting Lines
Detroit Tigers +1½ -130 +160 8 -105o 3½ Evo 3½ -130u
A. Faedo -R
Cleveland Guardians -1½ +110 -180 8 -115u 4½ +105o 4½ -135u
S. Bieber -R
Tigers vs Guardians Prediction
To little surprise, the latest MLB lines favor the Cleveland Guardians. Oddsmakers have Cleveland as decisive -180 favorites over the Detroit Tigers, who enter this matchup at +160.
With such lopsided moneyline odds, it makes more sense to look elsewhere when betting online. With Bieber on the mound against lowly bats, the over/under is set at 8, with the under holding a slight -115 advantage to the -105 over.
While we like the Guardians in this matchup, we don’t feel comfortable enough with taking them at plus money to win by two or more. And the -180 odds to win straight up won’t net much profit either.
That’s why your online gambling should include taking the under 8.0 runs. Bieber is an ace who’s going against an offense that’s mustered a total of three runs in its last three games. Meanwhile, Cleveland hasn’t seen Faedo yet, which could prevent Ramirez and company from doing a ton of damage at the plate.
Bet the Guardians -1.5 if you’re very confident in them. But for right now, look for this game to be a lower-scoring affair.