Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins 8/23/14 Game Two: MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Detroit Tigers (68-58) at Minnesota Twins (57-70)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Justin Verlander (R) (10-11) (4.765) vs. Trevor May (R) (0-2) (9.445)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +143 / Detroit Tigers -153 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, FSN
The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers play game two of their day/night doubleheader on Saturday night at 8:10pm ET at Target Field.
The Detroit Tigers were obliterated on Friday night in Minnesota, losing by a score of 20-6. Seven bullpen pitchers saw work in the loss which is disconcerting in advance of a twin bill. The Tigers were effective at the plate with six runs on 15 hits, which is typically the case for their offense which ranks in the top five in runs scored, batting average, slugging and on base percentage. Last night Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez and Nick Castellanos all had two hits and an RBI and Miguel Cabrera had two hits.
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The Tigers will turn to Justin Verlander in hoping to stay within striking distance in both the AL Central race where they are 2.5 games back and the Wild Card race where they are a half game back. Verlander is coming off his shortest appearance of the season in his last outing against Pittsburgh, lasting just one inning while allowing five runs (four earned), exiting due to a shoulder injury on his throwing arm. For the season Verlander hasn’t been in peak form as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.42, ERA of 4.76 and record of 10-11. In his lone start against the Twins this year, the veteran righty was effective allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings on May 9th.
The Minnesota Twins are playing for next season, but last night they relished playing spoiler, piling on to the Tigers woes with an offensive barrage. Danny Santana had three hits and four RBI’s while hitting his 6th HR, Joe Mauer had two hits and three RBI’s, Oswaldo Arcia had two hits, three RBI’s and scored three times, and Trevor Plouffe had three hits including his 10th HR, three RBI’s and scored four runs. The Twins are 5-4 against the Tigers this season and will have some nice momentum heading into Saturday.
Trevor May will make just his third career start on Saturday for the Twins in the night game. May struggled last time out against the Royals, allowing three runs on seven hits while walking four batters over just 4.2 innings of work. For the season May owns a bloated WHIP of 2.89 and ERA of 9.00 with a record of 0-2. The Twins bullpen actually ranks 10th in the league in ERA but with Pino taking the mound in game one they may be working at less than full capacity diminishing the ability to match up effectively in the late game.
I like the over here after last night's offensive display.