Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers
The Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers face off on Saturday for game two of their series at Camden yards. The Tigers are -133 favorites over the Tigers with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Baltimore Orioles looked to be in trouble on Friday but they never gave up and scored the tying and winning runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Adam Jones had three hits including a home run, Chris Dickerson hit a three run walk off home run to win it, and Nick Markakis hit a home run as the Orioles scored seven runs on seven hits in all. Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez allowed seven hits and five runs while striking out six over 6.0 innings to not factor in the decision as Darren O’Day face one batter and got the win to go to 3-0 on the season. For Saturday’s game the Orioles start Jason Hammel who has won his last two starts. For the season Hammel has allowed 73 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 50 over 65 innings for a 7-2 record and a 4.98 ERA.
The Detroit Tigers lost for the fourth time in as many games as they let the win get away from them late on Friday in Baltimore. Miguel Cabrera had two hits including a home run as did Avisall Garcia and Andy Dirks added two hits as the Tigers scored five runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Max Scherzer allowed three hits and three runs while striking out 10 over eight innings but he didn’t factor in the decision as Jose Valverde blew his second save and took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. For Saturday’s game the Tigers send their ace, Justn Verlander, to the mound in hopes to stop the bleeding. For the season Verlander has allowed 67 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 82 over 6 innings for a 6-4 record and a 3.68 ERA.
Baltimore is 6-2 in their last eight games overall, 5-0 in their last five home games, and 8-1 in Hammel’s last nine starts. Detroit is 3-8 in their last 11 road games, 2-6 in their last eight games as a road favorite, and 7-3 in Verlander’s last 10 road starts. Detroit is 10-1 in Verlander’s last 10 starts against Baltimore.
The Tigers clearly have bullpen issues and trouble on the road but I have to give Verlander the lean here though Hammel doesn’t seem to do anything but win.
Detroit Tigers -133 Baltimore Orioles