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Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick 9/23/13

Detroit Tigers (91-64) at Minnesota Twins (65-89)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

Justin Verlander (R) (13-12) (3.664) vs. Michael Pelfrey (R) (5-13) (5.339)

The Line: Minnesota Twins / Detroit Tigers --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North, FS-Detroit

The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers face off on Monday in Minnesota as the Tigers close in on the A.L. Central crown.

The Minnesota Twins have had and awful season, but they get a chance to play spoiler and hold off the Tigers celebration as A.L. Central Champions. The Twins have lost four games in a row, are 2-8 in their last 10 games, and they are 25 games under .500. As a team, the Twins are hitting .241, with Brian Dozier hitting .247, Trevor Plouffe is hitting .247, and Ryan Doumit is hitting .241. For game one against the Tigers, the Twins start Mike Pelfrey who is 5-13 with a 5.34 ERA for the season and 0-3 with a 10.12 ERA in his last three starts.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick 9/23/13

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The Detroit Tigers are looking to close out the American League Central as they have led the division for several months. The Tigers are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 51-30 at home this season, and they have a five game lead over the Indians with a week left in the season. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .286, with Miguel Cabrera hitting .349, Victor Martinez hitting .303, and Torii Hunter hitting .298. For Monday’s game the Tigers start Justin Verlander who is 13-12 with a 3.66 ERA and 1-2 in his last three starts with a 4.35 ERA.

Minnesota is 10-25 in their last 35 home games, 1-6 in their last seven games, and 0-5 in Pelfrey’s last five starts. Detroit is 6-2 in their last eight games, 40-17 in game one of a series, and 1-7 in Verlander’s last eight starts. Detroit is 18-7 in their last 25 games in Minnesota.

Verlander has owned the Twins with the Tigers winning 10 of his last 11 starts against Minnesota and I look for them to make that 11 out of 12 with this win. 

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