Play number two will feature two American League Central opponents headed in opposite directions. The Cleveland Indians ran through June and have even started July with a couple big wins, including a late one via a Mike Napoli home run on Monday night. They also put up 12 runs in a lopsided win last night and will go for the series sweep against Detroit on Wednesday. Josh Tomlin gets the ball for the home team today.
Slow and steady, Tomlin continues to just be a rock in the Cleveland rotation. He was there when Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar were struggling and he’s still there now that those two guys are pitching like the aces some expected them to be from the start of the season. Tomlin has allowed four earned runs three times in 15 starts. And those are his three worst outings of the season. He hasn’t allowed more than four at all in 2016. Why should that stop against the Tigers? I don’t have a good answer for that question.
Michael Fulmer has also been fantastic in his rookie season. He started off a little rocky, with a 6.52 ERA through his first four starts. Since then he has been just about lights out. He’s allowed three runs in the eight starts since. That breaks down into five shutout starts (not complete games, but no runs allowed) and three starts allowing just one. Only wish we started riding this guy sooner.
The number is curiously large in this spot with two starting pitchers who have just been so, so good this season. But we’ll limit the play to half a unit.
Free Pick: Under 8.5 -115
YTD: 15-15-1 +0.50
2015: 31-25-5 +1.09
2014: 45-28-3 +9.02
cleveland indians • detroit tigers • josh tomlin • michael fulmer