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It’s not often that I bet on my team so you know I’ve gotta like it. Here is my prediction for tonight's Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers game.

Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers Prediction: Can Detroit Keep Cleveland's Bats Quiet?

Here is my prediction, pick, and the odds for tonight's Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers game.

Guardians vs. Tigers Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 20, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:10 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: BSD, BSGL, MLB Extra Innings

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Guardians vs Tigers Line Movement

1u - Cleveland Guardians u4.5 Team Total (-140 @ MGM) (Bet $140 to win $100)

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Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers Prediction

I am putting my faith in Detroit pitching today. Tarik Skubal has been outstanding allowing 0 runs in four of his last six games. Skubal is proving to be a future ace in this league if he isn’t already. He gets a Guardians team who hits lefties way worse than righties. Cleveland hits righties at an awesome .258 clip but hits lefties only at a .207 clip. Skubal has had success against the Cleveland bats before too, only allowing eight hits in 35 at-bats which is only a .228 average. More importantly, he has only allowed one RBI against these batters throughout his career.

If this bet is mostly focused on Skubal then why aren’t we going first 5? The books actually made a correct call and put the first 5 runs at 1.5 which is a fair price. To many people's surprise though, Detroit has had a stellar bullpen. Detroit has the third-best bullpen in the MLB in terms of ERA. The only team with better bullpens this year are the Astros and Yankees, kinda wild to think about considering Detroit is so bad. This game is a true pickem and I think there’s a chance Cleveland doesn’t even bat in the bottom of the ninth becuase they already have won. This game could easily be a 4-3 final, I think Civale is bad but not 9 ERA bad, this feels like a get-right spot for him.

Cleveland has only scored 10 runs in their last four games and hasn’t surpassed 5+ runs in any of those games. I like that trend to continue against a great lefty and top three bullpens, betting on Detroit is done best when you’re not betting on their bats. I feel very good about this one and had it written down as 3.5 all night, if it wasn’t juiced a little bit then it easily could have been a 1.5u play for me. Let's get in quick before the books realize what they’ve done.

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Josh has a knack for picking winning bets, and he specializes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. As a lifelong Detroit sports fan, he has plenty of time on his hands during playoff season. You can follow him on Twitter at @ThatGuyBets.


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