Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins
The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins face off on Monday in game one of their series in Detroit. The Tigers are -185 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Detroit Tigers won their final two games to end their road trip as they head for home before the All Star Break. The Tigers are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 17-18 at home this season, and they are three games back in the A.L. Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .265 with Austin Jackson at .323, Miguel Cabrera at .314, and Price Fielder at .296. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.07 with the starters at 4.20 and the bullpen at 3.81. For game one against the Twins Detroit starts Doug Fister who is just 1-5 this year. For the season Fister has allowed 57 hits and 22 earned runs while striking out 42 over 50.2 innings of work for a 3.91 ERA.
The Minnesota Twins haven’t had much to cheer about the past two seasons but they head to Detroit riding a three game winning streak. The Twins are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 16-20 on the road this season, and 8.5 games back in the A.L. Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .256 led by Joe Mauer at .324, Denard Span at .275, and Josh Willingham at .268. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.92 with the starters at 5.80 and the bullpen at 3.60. For game one against the Tigers Minnesota starts Liam Hendriks who has lost his last five starts. For the season Hendriks has allowed 51 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 22 over 34.1 innings of work for a 6.82 ERA.
Detroit is 4-1 in their last five home games, 4-1 in their last five games against a team with a losing record, and 1-7 in Fister’s last eight starts. Minnesota is 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog, 20-39 in their last 59 games against the A.L. Central, and 0-5 in Hendriks’ last five starts. Minnesota is 6-21 in the last 27 meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 9.5 and I look for this one to stay under the number.