Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins
The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins meet on Wednesday for game one of a two game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers are -185 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 9.
The expectations were very big for the Detroit Tigers this season but thus far they haven’t lived up to it but there is plenty of baseball left to play. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 9-9 at home this season, and two games back in the A.L. Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .254 with Austin Jackson hitting .323, Miguel Cabrera hitting .308, and Price Fielder hitting .292. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.28 with the starters at 3.89 and the bullpen at 5.00. For game one against the Twins Detroit start Rick Porcello who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Porcello has allowed 49 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out while striking out 24 over 41.2 innings of work for a 5.18 ERA.
The Minnesota Twins were the worst team in baseball last season and this season they are even worse than they were then. The Twins are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 4-12 on the road this season, and 10 games back in the American League Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .236 led by Denard Span at .292, Josh Willingham at .286, and Joe Mauer at .270. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 5.28 with the starters at 6.38 and the bullpen at 3.52. For game one at Comerica Park Minnesota starts Nick Blackburn who is having a season similar to his team, miserable. For the year Blackburn has allowed 40 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 17 over 31.1 innings for a 7.18 ERA.
Detroit is 55-22 in their last 77 games against the A.L. Central, 0-9 in their last nine games following a win, and 19-7 in Porcello’s last 26 starts as a favorite. Minnesota is 16-36 in their last 52 games against the A.L. Central, 16-40 in their last 56 road games, and 1-7 in Blackburn’s last eight starts. Minnesota is 7-20 in the last 27 meetings of these two.
I expect a lot of scoring here and I look for this one to get past the total in a hurry so my play is the over.