Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers Game 2 4-18-2023

Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers Game 1 4/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers Game 1 4/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Cleveland Guardians will go against the Detroit Tigers in MLB Game 1 action in Comerica Park, MI, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 1:10 PM ET.


Cleveland lost the third and final game of its weekend series with Washington.


In order to avoid the sweep, the Nationals tied the score on a sac fly in the eighth then seized the lead with a go-ahead RBI single from Joey Meneses two batters later.


The Guardians tallied two runs in the seventh and another four in the third, but the bullpen was unable to maintain the lead.


Cleveland ranks 25th in OPS with a .689 rating and hits .239, averaging 4.62 runs per game (18th). The Guardians lead the league with 25 base steals and are 29th in the league with eight home homers. 


Gaddis, who will start on Monday, is returning from a poor performance (3.0 innings, 8 earned runs on eight hits, and two walks) against the New York Yankees.


His first start of the year was likewise ineffective (3.2 innings, four runs on five hits and one walk), but his second start versus Oakland was much better (zero runs on one hit and two walks in 6 innings).


Only seven strikeouts were registered by Gaddis this season.


  • The Cleveland Guardians are 8-2 SU in their last 10 matches against Detroit.
  • The Cleveland Guardians are 7-2 SU in their last 9 matches on the road.
  • The Cleveland Guardians are 2-4 SU in their last 6 matches in the American League.

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Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers Game 1 Predictions 1 4/18/2023


Before Sunday’s series finale against San Francisco was postponed due to inclement weather, Detroit won three straight games, giving the Tigers’ clubhouse new life.


On Saturday, they overcame a five-run deficit to defeat the Giants, grabbing the victory thanks to a single by Miguel Cabrera in the extra innings.


The Tigers rank 28th in terms of runs scored per game (3.57), an average of hits (.208), and OPS (.601). This season, they are 28th in MLB for home runs (10) and 23rd for stolen bases (seven).


The Detroit pitching staff has one quality start (29th), a 5.87 ERA (29th), and a 1.41 WHIP (21st).


Monday’s starter Rodriguez had his best performance of the year with one earned run on seven hits over six innings against Toronto.


In his prior starts against Tampa Bay and Houston, he suffered two defeats. In his first season with the Tigers, the seasoned Southpaw went 5-5 with a 4.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 72 strikeouts in 17 starts (91.0 innings) for Detroit. 


  • The total went OVER in 8 of Detroit’s last 11 matches.
  • The Detroit Tigers are 5-12 SU in their last 17 matches.
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 matches against Cleveland.

Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers. The MLB pick for this game is the Cleveland Guardians. With a strong offensive showing against Rodriguez’s left-handed pitching, the Guardians will prevail.


Cleveland is hitting lefties better than righties with a .265 BA, .356 OBP, and .757 OPS versus Southpaws compared to a .230 BA, .328 OBP, and .674 OPS against right-handers this season.


The Guardians are the league leaders in stolen bases and put pitchers through grueling at-bats, making them the kings of the tiny ball.


Josh Bell, Jose Ramirez, and Josh Naylor provide some power for this lineup, but the small ball is Cleveland’s specialty, and the team excels at it.


Gaddis, 25, never played against Detroit. Even if his 2023 season did not start off well, he earned his position on the big league squad with a great Spring Training, showcasing confidence and command (17 strikeouts and three walks).


The Cleveland Guardians will win to a predicted score of 7-4.


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Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers Game 1 4/18/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 1:10 PM ET


Location: Comerica Park, MI


Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023




MLB Odds: Cleveland Guardians -120


MLB Totals: 8


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