Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers Picks and Predictions May 8th 2024

Cleveland Guardians vs Detroit Tigers MLB Wed, May 8, 13:10 pm.
Cleveland Guardians
ML: -130
Detroit Tigers
ML: 110

Tigers Look to Keep the Energy High in Series Finale Against Guardians

The Detroit Tigers are riding a wave of confidence into the finale of their three-game series against the Cleveland Guardians. After breaking a four-game losing streak with a powerful offensive performance, the Tigers are eager to maintain that momentum.

Tigers’ Offense Springs to Life

It was a much-needed jolt of energy for the Tigers, who snapped out of a slump with an 11-7 win over the Guardians on Tuesday. This victory not only leveled the series but also marked a season-high in runs scored for the team. It was a dramatic shift from earlier in the series, where they had scraped together just seven runs in four games.

Andy Ibanez was on fire, opening the game with a homer and following up with a three-run shot in the second inning, capping off his four-hit night. Ryan Vilade, newly called up, also made a splash, earning his first major league hits and RBIs, making a memorable night for the Tigers.

Spotlight on Pitcher Reese Olson

Reese Olson will take the mound for Detroit in the series finale. Olson has been solid all season with a 2.70 ERA but has suffered from a lack of run support—Detroit has scored just four runs across his six starts. His last outing was a tough one, where he pitched five scoreless innings against the New York Yankees but still ended up on the losing side of a 3-0 game due to the team’s quiet bats.

Guardians Looking to Bounce Back

The Guardians, meanwhile, are keen to shake off their recent loss and return to the form that saw them win three straight games before Tuesday’s defeat. Their lineup remains strong, with Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor showing promising signs. Ramirez has racked up five hits, including two homers and five RBIs, in the last three games, while Naylor added a two-run homer in their recent matchup.

Guardians’ Pitching Game Plan

Facing Olson for the Guardians will be Tanner Bibee, who’s looking for a bounce-back performance himself after giving up six runs in a recent outing against the Los Angeles Angels. Bibee has had a tough time with the Tigers previously, recording two losses in 2023, and will be looking to turn that record around.

Managerial Perspectives

Tigers manager A.J. Hinch was clearly pleased with the team’s latest performance, especially after their recent struggles. “A lot of contributors, and a fun win. And one we needed, obviously, considering the way we’ve been going,” Hinch said, acknowledging the boost the win gave his team and the importance of keeping that energy going.


As the Tigers aim to build on their offensive resurgence and give Reese Olson the run support he needs, the Guardians are gearing up to tighten their play and stop the Tigers’ momentum. This finale is shaping up not just as a battle on the field but as a test of resilience and strategy, with both teams showcasing their emerging talents and making strategic plays to clinch the win.

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Cleveland Guardians
O 7.5
Detroit Tigers
U 7.5
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