Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins
The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins meet on Friday for game two of their series in Detroit. The Tigers are -240 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Detroit Tigers trailed most of the game on Thursday but they battled back from behind to get the win. Miguel Cabrera had two hits including his 14th home run, Omar Infante had three hits, and Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez, and Jhonny Peralta each had two hits as the Tigers scored seven runs on 15 hits in all. Starting pitcher Rick Porcello allowed 10 hits and five earned runs while striking out two over five innings to not factor in the decision as Joaquin Benoit go the win to go 1-0 on the year and Jose Valverde earned his fifth save of the season. For Friday’s game the Tigers start Anibal Sanchez who has lost three of his last four starts. For the season Sanchez has allowed 54 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 68 over 55 innings for a 4-4 record and a 2.77 ERA.
The Minnesota Twins appeared to have Thursday game in hand but they let it slip away and took another loss. Josh Willingham hit two home runs, Jamey Carroll had three hits, and Joe Mauer and Chris Parmalee had two hits each as the Twins scored six runs on 12 hits. Starting pitcher Scot Diamond allowed nine hits and three runs while striking out five over 5.2 innings to not factor in the decision as Jared Burton blew his second save of the year and took the loss to fall to 0-2. For Friday’s game Minnesota start Samuel Deduno who makes his first start of the season. Last year Deduno allowed 69 hits and 39 runs while striking out 57 over 79 innings for a 6-5 record and a 4.44 ERA.
Detroit is 51-20 in their last 71 home games, 20-9 in their last 29 home games against a left-handed starter, and 7-1 against a team with a losing record. Minnesota is 22-46 against a team with a winning record, 0-8 as an underdog, and 0-9 in their last nine games overall. Minnesota is 15-32 in the last 47 meetings of these two.
I like the Tigers to win this one easily.
Detroit Tigers -240 Minnesota Twins