Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick - 8/21/13
2013-08-21 06:08:00 EDT
The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers match up in the Motor City on Wednesday.
Minnesota obviously won’t be heading to the postseason, but they can make life miserable for teams that are still fighting for the playoffs. We saw that Tuesday when the Twins handed American League Central leading Detroit a 6-3 defeat. In the process, the Twins got both their pitching and hitting on the same page which hasn’t happened often enough. A struggling Mike Pelfrey came up with one of the gems he has been known to thitem with all three runs plated on seven hits and a free pass in 6.2 innings to pick up the win. The bats totaled ten hits and walked five times that saw Justin Morneau go deep and drive in four runs, while Pedro Florimon went solo. Minnesota hands the ball to Kevin Correia to face the big offense of the Tigers on Wednesday. Correia has been up and down over his last ten outings in which he has four quality starts and a 2-5 record.
Detroit made a spurt after the All Star break which gave them a firm grip on the American League Central lead. Cleveland and Kansas City still have a chance but the Tigers have control of their own fate which isn’t a bad thing with their ability to score and pitch. Not enough of either happened Tuesday with starter Rick Porcello lasting only 4.1 frames who was charged with five runs on seven hits and a pair of free passes. That was too much for the potent Tigers attack to over come despite eleven hits and two bases on balls. Prince Fielder swung the big bat with a home run and RBI ground out as the Tigers failed to string the hits together. Anibal Sanchez looks to continue his stellar work on the mound against Minnesota Wednesday. Sanchez has been red hot with six straight quality starts in which he has gone 4-1 with a no decision.
Minnesota proved they are capable so they can’t be taken lightly. The Tigers have been playing .500 baseball the past few weeks and need to get back to steady winning. I’ll back Sanchez and the Detroit bats to exact some revenge but there is no value here…