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Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/4/14

Baltimore Orioles (1-1) at Detroit Tigers (2-0)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm (Comerica Park)

Miguel Gonzalez (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Rick Porcello (R) (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -165 / Baltimore Orioles +150 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN2, FS-Detroit

The Detroit Tigers and the Baltimore Orioles face off on Friday in a MLB matchup of contenders.

The Detroit Tigers won their first two games before being rained out on Thursday. The Tigers started with their two aces, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer and both were good enough. Alex Gonzalez leads the Tiger hitting .375, Ian Kinsler is hitting .333, and Nick Castellanos and Austin Jackson are hitting .286. The Detroit starting pitchers have an ERA of 1.29 and the bullpen is at 1.80 for a team ERA of 1.42. For game one of the series the Tigers start Anibal Sanchez who was rained out on Thursday. Last season Sanchez allowed 156 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 202 over 182 innings for a 14-8 revird and a 2.57 ERA.

Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/4/14

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The Baltimore Orioles battled for three games against he Boston Red Sox to open the season but they wound up on the short end of the scoreboard in two of the three. Matt Weiters is hitting .455, Adam Jones is hitting .300, and J.J. Hardy is hitting .250. The Orioles starting pitchers have an ERA of 4.86 while the relievers are at 1.74 for a team ERA of 3.67. For game one in Detroit Baltimore starts Miguel Gonzalez who was 11-8 last season with a 3.78 ERA as he allowed 157 hits and struck out 120 over 171.1 innings of work.

Detroit is 42-19 in game one of a series, 1-4 against the AL East, and 1-4 in Sanchez’s last five starts. Baltimore is 206 in their last eight games as an underdog, 0-5 in their last five road games, and 1-5 in Gonzalez’s last six games as an underdog. Baltimore has won four of their last five games in Detroit.

I have never been much of a believer in Sanchez and laying this price in this spot isn’t something I am going to do as I like Baltimore here. 

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