Cleveland Guardians @ Detroit Tigers 7/8/24 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Cleveland Guardians (56-32) at Detroit Tigers (42-48)

Game Info: Monday, July 8th, 2024 at  6:40 p.m. EST (Comerica Park)

Betting Odds: Guardians ML (-145) - Over/Under (8.5)

Pick: Guardians ML (-145)

The Cleveland Guardians and the Detroit Tigers will open up a pivotal four game series with only a week to go before the All-Star break here on Monday night in Detroit. These two teams had rather different expectations coming into the season, but both teams have arguably, defied the expectations that were set for them throughout the early part of the year. As Cleveland has been one of the best teams and all of baseball this season. Meanwhile, Detroit has been middle of the road and still seems to be stuck in a rebuilding erra that will last for a few more years if not longer. 

Cleveland is coming off of a series over the weekend against San Francisco, where they managed to get a couple of come from behind wins and win the series in the process. Now they will look to continue that momentum as they hit the road against an American League Central division rival, when they meet up with the Detroit Tigers to kick off their final road trip before heading into the All-Star break. Gavin Williams will make his second start of the season and he will look to bounce back after a rough outing against the Chicago White Sox in his season debut last week. We have seen flashes in the past of what type of pitcher Gavin Williams can be so Cleveland should not be worried just quite yet and he should be able to get things going against Detroit here on Monday night.

Josh Naylor and Jose Ramirez are fresh off of being named to the All-Star game and they have been tearing the cover off of the baseball throughout the early part of the season. They will look to continue their hot start of the year with another impressive performance against a familiar opponent here on Monday night in Detroit as Cleveland looks to extend their American League best record and build up as much momentum as possible heading into the Midsummer classic. Cleveland comes into this game playing solid baseball, having won two in a row and five out of their last ten games on the season. 

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The Detroit Tigers are sitting in the middle of the pack in the American League Central division, and they will look to get themselves back in the mix with some solid performances against Cleveland throughout the week. They come into this game with a record of 42-48 through their 90 games of the 2024 Major League Baseball season. They have been entirely inconsistent throughout the first half of the season and they have plenty of work to do if they want to get back in the postseason race following the all star break. They come into the opening game of this series with a little bit of momentum, having won three games in a row and they will look to maintain that momentum throughout this series. 

Keider Monterò will get the start for the Detroit Tigers here on Monday night, and he comes into this game with a record of 1-2 on the year. He will look to pick up his second victory of the season, and his career in the first game of this series at home. This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Guardians. Right now it is the Cleveland Guardians that hold a two games to one advantage coming into the first game of this four game series. This has the potential to be a pivotal turning point in the season for both teams, especially when it concerns the postseason seeding. Overall they have won five out of their last ten on the year as well, as they look to climb out of fourth place in the standings.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cleveland is 26-21 on the road 

- Detroit is 19-22 at home 

- Detroit is 20-30 against teams below .500

I expect Cleveland to grab a victory in this game on Monday night against the Detroit Tigers. Cleveland has had the upper hand against the Detroit Tigers this season and I expect that to continue throughout this game and this series as well. Cleveland has tormented Detroit pitching over their first three meetings of the season, and that is likely to continue throughout this game as well. As Josh Naylor, Jose Ramirez, David Fry, and Steven Kwan will look to keep their hot start to the season going.

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