Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/25/14
Detroit Tigers (10-8) at Minnesota Twins (10-10)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Rick Porcello (R) (2-1) (3.150) vs. Kevin Correia (R) (0-2) (5.472)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +128 / Detroit Tigers -138 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, FSN-N
The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins will begin a three-game series on Friday night.
The Tigers just split a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox and have won five of their last eight games overall. Led by Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers have scored five or more runs in five of their last eight games and are 9-11 this season when scoring four or more runs. Cabrera has six hits in his last three games. Taking the mound for the Tigers on Friday will be Rick Porcello, who is 2-1 this season with a 3.15 ERA and has 12 strikeouts in 20 innings. Porcello has allowed seven earned runs and is 7-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 19 career starts against the Twins.
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The Twins just took two of three from the Tampa Bay Rays and have also won five of their last eight games overall. And much like the Tigers, the Twins have been an offense machine and are 11-3 when scoring four or more runs. Chris Colabello has been on fire on year with 27 hits and 26 RBI and has 15 hits in his last nine games. With that type of production, Kevin Correia is in good hands, as he enters this matchup with a 0-2 record and 5.47 ERA, and he has struck out 12 batters in 24.2 innings. Correia is 1-3 with a 2.75 ERA in six career starts against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 5-1 in Porcello's last 6 starts and 36-15 in Porcello's last 51 starts vs. American League Central. The Twins are 8-20 in Correia's last 28 starts and 16-35 in their last 51 home games. The Tigers are 5-1 in Porcello's last 6 road starts vs. Twins.
I like the way the Tigers have been hitting the ball lately, and Porcello has allowed only one run apiece in two of his three starts this season. That’s good enough to take the Tigers and the juice. The line may not be great, but Detroit should win this matchup.