Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins
The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins meet on Wednesday for the rubber match of their three game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers are -145 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
After dropping game one in their series with the Twins, the Detroit Tigers rallied behind the ace of their staff to take game two. Ramon Santiago had two hits including a home run while Austin Jackson, Delmon Young, Miguel Cabrera, Alex Avila, and Johnny Peralta all had two hits as the Tigers banged out 15 hits and scored seven runs. On the mound Justin Verlander continued his march towards the Cy Young Award as he allowed seven hits and a run while striking out eight over 7.2 innings of work to earn his 18th win of the season. For Wednesday’s series finale Detroit starts Brad Penny who has been knocked around of late losing three of his last four starts. For the season Penny has allowed 163 hits and 77 earned runs while striking out 55 over 139 innings of work.
The Minnesota Twins may be done for the season but with the A.L. Central one of tightest races in baseball they have an opportunity to be the spoiler. After winning on Monday and Jim Thome hitting career home run number 600, the bats were tamed against Verlander. Ben Revere and Joe Mauer had two hits each and Justin Morneau had a hit as the Twins scored just a run on seven hits. Nick Blackburn allowed 11 hits and five earned runs lasting just 4.2 innings taking his 10th loss of the season. For Wednesday’s game Minnesota looks to take the series as they send Carl Pavano to the mound for the start. Pavano has lost his last three decisions and for the season he has allowed 187 hits and 81 earned runs while striking out 69 in 160.1 innings of work.
Detroit is 11-4 in their last 15 games as a home favorite, 1-6 in their last seven game three of a series, and 2-5 in Penny’s last seven home starts. Minnesota is 2-7 in their last nine road games, 1-7 in their last eight against the A.L. Central, and 1-4 in Pavano’s last five starts. Minnesota is 2-13 in the last 15 meetings of these two.
The Tigers are playing for their post season while the Twins are just playing and while motivation can help, they are all pros and another person breathing down their neck for their job should be motivating enough. I think the Twins get the best of Penny here as they jump out early.
Minnesota Twins +125 Detroit Tigers