Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick - 9/24/13
Detroit Tigers (91-66) at Minnesota Twins (66-90)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Doug Fister (R) (13-9) (3.710) vs. Scott Diamond (L) (6-11) (5.536)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +171 / Detroit Tigers -181 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, North
The Detroit Tigers have the AL Central crown on their menu when they battle the Twins on Tuesday.
Despite winning seven of eleven the Tigers American League Central title hopes were put on hold for another day following a 4-3, eleven inning defeat at Target Field. The Tigers have a solid combination of pitching and hitting but only the arms showed up Monday. Justin Verlander has appeared to be off his game in 2013 but not on Monday. It was vintage Verlander with a six hit shut out over six frames while striking out 12. The bats mustered ten hits and walked six times and led 3-0 before three relievers gave up runs with a tying run scored in the 9th. Doug Fister takes the hill against Minnesota hoping to get the Tigers closer to the division title. Fister has been up and down over his last ten times out with six quality starts in this stretch.
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It was only several years ago that Minnesota and the White Sox were battling for supremacy in the American League Central. However as the saying goes 'that was then and this is now'. The team has many new faces and just haven't meshed which their record clearly states. That didn't stop them from upending the best team in the division Monday with Mike Pelfrey tossing one of the gems he will throw from time to time. Pelfrey allowed a single run over six innings but didn't get a decision. The offense totaled 14 hits and walked five times with Brian Dozier cracking a solo bomb to tie the game 3-3 in the 9th with Josmil Pinto rapping a walk off single in the 11th. Left hander Scott Diamond toes the rubber versus the Tigers on Tuesday. Diamond has had his share of struggles in 2013 but the last time out where he beat the White Sox 4-3 with three unearned allowed in 6.1 innings.
I favor Detroit but I'm not a Doug Fister fan and especially so on the road so the Tigers might need some scoring here to prevail...