Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers
The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers meet on Friday at Target Field for an AL Central match up. The Tigers are -145 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Minnesota Twins have had another disastrous season but they have a chance to finish out of the basement and to play spoiler. The Twins are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 30-48 at home, and they are 19 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .262 with Joe Mauer hitting .323, Ben Revere hitting .288, and Denard Span hitting .286. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.81 with the starters at 5.50 and the bullpen at 3.74. For game one against the Tigers Minnesota starts Scott Diamond who won last time out to end a personal two game losing streak. For the season Diamond has allowed 173 hits and 65 earned runs while striking out 86 over 160.2 innings of work for a 3.64 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers control their own destiny but they have no more home games so if they are going to win the AL Central they are going to need to win it on the road. The Tigers are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 34-41 on the road this season, and they have a narrow lead in the AL Central. As a team the Tigers are hitting .269 with Miguel Cabrera hitting .326, Price Fielder hitting .310, and Austin Jackson hitting .303. As a team the Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.82 with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 3.78. For game one at Minnesota Detroit starts Drew Smyly who had a no decision in his last outing which was against the Twins as well. For the season Smyly has allowed 90 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 89 over 93.1 innings of work for a 4.24 ERA.
Minnesota is 3-7 in their last 10 games following an off day, 1-5 in their last six home games, and 2-6 in Diamond’s last eight starts. Detroit is 5-0 in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win, and 4-9 in their last 13 road games. Detroit is 13-3 in their last 16 games in Minnesota.
The Tigers have played well against the Twins but overall they aren’t a good road team so time to fade them.
Minnesota Twins +135 Detroit Tigers