The Detroit Tigers (44-42) and Baltimore Orioles (45-40) will open up a three-game American League series on Friday night at Camden Yards, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET
Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles
Detroit has won five games in a row, and eight of its last 11, but all of that may end after having time off for the Midsummer Classic. “We know what we have to do,” commented Tigers manager Jim Leyland. Tigers All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder was one of the stars of the show during the All-Star break, winning the Home Run Derby for the second time in his career. He has never played inside tonight’s ballpark, but is 5 for 11 with three home runs in his career against the Orioles. Detroit is 4-7 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the “under” going 8-3 in that situation.
Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister (2-6, 4.75 ERA) snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-7 home win over the Kansas City Royals last time out, giving up four runs and eight hits over six frames. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 4.89 ERA in six road outings, with opposing hitters batting .290 against him. In four career starts versus the Orioles, Fister has tallied a 2-1 record and 4.68 ERA, issuing three walks and striking out 21 batters in 25 innings.
Baltimore may have its first .500 or better record at the All-Star break since 2005, but the club has lost nine of its last 13 games. The Orioles are now looking up at the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East division, something that doesn’t concern the clubhouse very much with plenty of games to be played. “The season’s not over,” stated Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Baltimore is 7-7 at home with a money line of -100 to -125.
Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (8-5, 3.47 ERA) has lost his last three outings, giving up 15 runs and 21 hits over 16.2 innings of work in that span. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.53 ERA in seven home outings, issuing 16 walks and striking out 38 batters in 43.1 innings. In six career games (three starts) versus the Tigers, Hammel has compiled a perfect 2-0 record and 6.20 ERA.
Bettors will likely back the Orioles due to their 13-3 record after an off day, while the Tigers are 0-6 in Fister’s last six road efforts.
Pick: Baltimore Orioles -105
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