Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/13/14
Minnesota Twins (31-33) at Detroit Tigers (34-28)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm (Comerica Park)
Kyle Gibson (R) (5-5) (3.913) vs. Drew Smyly (L) (2-4) (4.374)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -171 / Minnesota Twins +161 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, FS-North
The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins face off on Friday in Detroit for game one of their series.
The Detroit Tigers are in first place in the AL Central but have looked anything but dominant in recent weeks. The Tigers are 16-15 at home this season, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a win in Chicago. As a team the Tigers are hitting .271 with Victor Martinez hitting .329, Miguel Cabrera hitting .325, and Ian Kinsler hitting .281. The Tigers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.10 with the starters at 3.83 and the bullpen at 4.68. For game one against the Twins the Tigers start Drew Smyly who got he win in his last start. For the season Smyly has allowed 53 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 49 over 54.1 innings for a 3-4 record and a 3.81 ERA.
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The Minnesota Twins are in last place in the AL Central but that puts them just four games behind the first place Tigers in the standings. The Twins are 16-16 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they won their last two. As a team the Twins are hitting .249 with Kurt Suzuki hitting .306, Joe Mauer hitting .263, and Brian Dozier hitting .243. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.39 with the starters at 4.81 and the bullpen at 3.65. For game one against the Tigers the Twins start Kyle Gibson who is coming off of a win in his last start. For the season Gibson has allowed 66 hits and 30 earned runs while striking out 35 over 69 innings for a 5-5 record and a 3.91 ERA.
Detroit is 2-5 in game one of a series, 2-6 in their last eight home games, and 1-4 in Smyly’s last five hoe starts. Minnesota is 4-1 against a left-handed starter, 3-9 following an of day, and 1-4 in Gibson’s last five road starts.
The Tigers are a big favorite here creating a lot of value on the Twins and I will take a shot with Minnesota at the nice price.
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