The Detroit Tigers (21-24) and Minnesota Twins (15-30) continue an American League Central series on Saturday afternoon at Target Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:10 ET
Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-6 win over Minnesota last night, as the team has captured 19 of the last 25 games in this particular series. The Tigers pounded out 16 hits and left just five men on base, which was a nice change from leaving 10 runners on base in each of the previous three games. “That’s a little bit more like we are supposed to be,” commented Tigers manager Jim Leyland. Detroit is 11-12 in day games and the “under” is 16-6 in that situation.
Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (3-3, 5.73 ERA) has watched the club capture three consecutive victories with him on the mound, including a 4-3 home win over the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out. He gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings, while striking out a season-high 15 batters. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA in five road outings, with opponents hitting .299 against him. In six career starts versus the Twins, Scherzer has compiled an even 1-1 record and 6.45 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 4.35 ERA in three efforts a year ago.
Minnesota has averaged nearly seven runs over the last nine games, but have gone just 5-4 during that stretch. The Twins have lost three straight games, going 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position last night. Justin Morneau has started to pick up his performance since returning from the disabled list, hitting .286 over the past 10 games. He could have success in this particular contest, going 3-for-5 with two home runs in his career against Scherzer. Minnesota is 5-9 in day games and the “under” is 10-3 in those contests.
Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano (2-3, 4.91 ERA) will be pitching on a full week of rest, with his start pushed back a day due to dealing with a strain in his throwing shoulder. He didn’t earn a decision in the team’s 5-4 road win over the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, allowing two runs and five hits over six frames. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 6.65 ERA in four home starts, serving up four home runs in 23 frames. In 12 career starts versus the Tigers, Pavano has registered a 5-4 record and 4.32 ERA, including an 0-2 mark and 5.95 ERA in three outings a year ago.
Bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 6-2 record in Scherzer’s last eight starts versus division rivals, while the Twins are 1-5 in Pavano’s last six efforts as an underdog of +110 to +150.
Pick: Detroit Tigers -130
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