Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins
First place meets last place in the American League Central as the Detroit Tigers host the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The Tigers are -150 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Detroit Tigers have taken a competitive race in the American League Central and turned it into a runaway as they have beaten their closest competition head to head over the past few weeks. The Tigers have won six games in a row, are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and have a nine game lead in the A.L. Central. As a team Detroit is hitting .274 led by Miguel Cabrera at .332, Victor Martinez at .326, and Delmon Young at .312. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.13 with the starters at 4.13 and the bullpen at 4.12. For game one against the Twins Detroit starts Brad Penny who was bombed in his last start but was bailed out with a no decision. For the season Penny has allowed 194 hits and 92 earned runs while striking out 67 in 161 innings of work.
It’s been an awful season for the Minnesota Twins as they have gone from first to worst in the A. L. Central and have had more than their share of injuries and just plain bad luck. The Twins are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 29-42 on the road this year, and trail the Tigers by 22 games in the division. As a team Minnesota is hitting .246 led by Michael Cuddyer at .282, Joe Mauer at .288, and Alexi Casilla at .260. As a team the Minnesota pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4. 51 with the starters at 4.49 and the bullpen at 4.56. For game one at Comerica Park Minnesota starts Kavin Slowey who has lost all four of his starts this year. For the season Slowey has allowed 48 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 21 over 39 innings of work.
Detroit is 5-1 in their last six home games, 14-3 in their last 17 games against a right handed starter, and 4-1 in Penny’s last five starts with five days of rest. Minnesota is 5-11 in their last 16 road games, 7-22 in their last 29 games against a right handed starter, and 0-5 in Slowey’s last five starts. Minnesota is 3-11 in their last 14 games in Detroit.
These are two pitchers who get hit extremely hard when they get hit and look for that to happen here. Take the over 9.5 here.