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Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/12/14

Detroit Tigers (21-11) at Baltimore Orioles (20-14)

MLB Baseball: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)

Rick Porcello (R) (5-1) (3.491) vs. Bud Norris (R) (2-2) (3.821)

The Line: Baltimore Orioles -108 / Detroit Tigers -102 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Detroit, MASN

The Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers face off on Monday at Camden Yards for game one of their series matching up two division leaders.

The Baltimore Orioles have taken the lead in the American League East as they have been winning while the rest of the division is backing up. The Orioles are 9-7 at home, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have a 1.5 game lead over the Yankees. As a team the Orioles are hitting .265 with Nick Markakis hitting .317, Matt Wieters hitting .308, and Nelson Cruz hitting .278. The Orioles pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 4.21 and the bullpen at 3.75. For game one against the Tigers the Orioles start Bud Norris who is coming off of a no decision in his last start. For the season Norris has allowed 34 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 25 over 35.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 3.82 ERA.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/12/14

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The Detroit Tigers are coming off of a loss on Sunday but they still have a comfortable lead in the American League Central. The Tigers are 8-4 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have a five game lead over the White Sox. As a team the Tigers are hitting .283 with Victor Martinez hitting .325, Ian Kinsler hitting .307, and Torii Hunter hitting .305. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.45 with the starters at 2.81 and the bullpen at 4.79. For game one against the Orioles the Tigers start Rick Porcello who has won his last four starts. For the season Porcello has allowed 35 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 27 over 38.2 innings for a 5-1 record and a 3.49 ERA.

Baltimore is 5-1 in their last six games, 4-1 in their last five games as an underdog, and 6-1 in Norris’ last six starts. Detroit is 9-3 in their last 12 games, 8-3 in their last 11 games as a favorite, and 20-8 in Porcello’s last 28 starts as a favorite. Detroit is 2-5 in Porcello’s last seven starts against Baltimore.

We have two teams that can swing the bat and I expect them to do that here so my free pick is on the over.

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Over 9

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