Tigers at Guardians Preview Game 2 | 6:10 PM. EST. 5/9/23

May 9, 2023

Andy Billman

Let’s Start a New Winning Streak

3 things preview Tigers and Guardians Series Game 2:

1 – Shane Bieber on the bump

Bieber is on the mound with an opportunity to turn around the series with a win tonight.  He needs to lead the way with the lack of scoring power by the Guardians as of late. 

2 – Eric Haase revenge tour 

Haase, who was drafted by Cleveland and played in the majors in 2018 and ’19, has crushed Guardians pitching in 2023 getting 7 hits in 12 at-bats for the Tigers. 

3 – Jose Ramirez and Steven Kwan

On a positive note, with all of the struggles in the lineup, the Guardians do have a true leadoff hitter in Kwan, and Ramirez is no question the most consistent hitter on the club.  Both give the Guardians hope that the lineup will turn around at some point, or at least we hope. 

Guardians Notes

Cleveland plans to start Shane Bieber, the 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner, on the mound. Bieber has an 8-4 record and a 2.39 ERA in 12 career starts against the Tigers.

Guards Stats and Insights


  • When Bieber starts, his team is 1-6-0 against the spread this season.
  • The right-hander gave up two earned runs and allowed five hits in eight innings pitched against the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
  • Bieber has pitched five or more innings in seven straight games and will look to extend that streak.
  • When Bieber starts a game and his team is the favorite on the money line, they have a record of 2-4.
  • In games Bieber has started, his team is 2-5.
  • In games Bieber has started this season, the teams are 2-5-0 at hitting the over.


  • The Guardians have a 3-1 record this season in games when they hit two or more homers.
  • Cleveland has gone 2-1 in its three games this season with at least five extra-base hits.
  • The team has strung together eight or more hits in 16 games this season and is 10-6 in those contests.
  • Cleveland is 8-2 in games this season when it scored at least five runs.
  • The Guardians have drawn five or more walks in 11 games this season, and are 8-3 in those contests.

Tigers Notes

Detroit plans to start Michael Lorenzen, who is coming off his best outing of the season, holding the New York Mets to one run and four hits over seven innings. He has a 2-1 record with a 3.00 ERA in nine appearances (one start) against Cleveland in his career.

Tigers Stats and Insights


  • Lorenzen (1-1) takes the mound first for the Tigers in his fifth start of the season. He has a 5.14 ERA in 21 2/3 innings pitched, with 16 strikeouts.
  • The righty’s most recent time out came on Wednesday against the New York Mets, when he went seven innings, surrendering one earned run while giving up four hits.
  • Lorenzen will try to last five or more innings for his fourth straight start. He’s averaging 5.3 innings per outing.
  • The Tigers have a 2-2 record in Lorenzen’s four starts this season when they were the money line underdog.
  • Lorenzen’s team has put together a 2-2 record over his four starts.
  • Lorenzen’s starts went over the run total two times in four games with a set total this season.


  • They’ve hit two or more homers in seven games this season and are 4-3 in those matchups.
  • Detroit has won four of its five games with five or more extra-base hits this season.
  • They have won 11 of the 15 games in which they’ve collected eight or more hits this season.
  • Detroit has won nine of its 11 games this season in which it scored more than four runs.
  • They have won three of their seven games this season in which they’ve drawn more than four free passes.

Final Thoughts

On Tuesday night, the Guardians face off against the visiting Detroit Tigers in the second game of their three-game series, as they continue their search for offense. After losing the series opener 6-2 on Monday, the Guardians have scored three runs or fewer in 22 out of 35 games this season, leading to frustration for the team.

Despite having multiple opportunities to score additional runs, Cleveland couldn’t come through in the clutch on Monday. Manager Terry Francona believes his players have a right to feel frustrated, but they are showing up early and putting in extra work to improve.

Detroit, on the other hand, will look to maintain their early-season dominance over Cleveland. The Tigers have won three out of four games against the Guardians so far this year. In Monday’s game, the bottom two hitters in the lineup set the table for the top of the order, leading to a 6-for-17 performance with five RBIs from the top four hitters.

Can we please score more than 2 runs today?

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