Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/15/14
Detroit Tigers (83-66) at Minnesota Twins (63-86)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Max Scherzer (R) (16-5) (3.189) vs. Anthony Swarzak (R) (1-0) (1.800)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +161 / Detroit Tigers -171 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, FSN-N
The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series Monday night at Target Field.
The Detroit Tigers have won six of their last seven games and are 17 games above a .500 record. The Tigers are simply crushing the ball lately, scoring four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Tigers have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Miguel Cabrera has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Ian Kinsler has an RBI in three straight games. The Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 3.99, which is 22nd in the majors. Starting is Max Scherzer, who is 16-5 with a 3.19 ERA and has 232 strikeouts in 200.1 innings. Scherzer is 8-2 with a 4.48 ERA in 14 career starts against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins are 4-9 in the month of September and are 23 games below a .500 record. The Twins pitching staff continues its rocky ways, allowing four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.60, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve lost seven of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Trevor Plouffe has homered in back-to-back games and Kurt Suzuki has hit in seven of his last 10 games. Anthony Swarzak gets the ball, and he’s 3-1 with a 3.95 ERA and has 42 strikeouts in 73 innings. Swarzak is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA in 19 career games against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 7-3 in Scherzers last 10 road starts and 46-17 in Scherzers last 63 starts overall. The Twins are 4-11 in Swarzaks last 15 home starts and 1-5 in Swarzaks last 6 starts overall. The Tigers are 23-11 in the last 34 meetings in Minnesota.
With the way the Tigers have been killing the baseball and the way the Twins give up runs left and right, the over seems like the play here.