Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/24/14
Detroit Tigers (69-58) at Minnesota Twins (57-71)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Max Scherzer (R) (14-4) (3.068) vs. Kyle Gibson (R) (11-9) (4.134)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +146 / Detroit Tigers -156 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-DET, FSN-N
The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins wrap up their four-game series on Sunday.
The Detroit Tigers have split their last 10 games and are 11 games above a .500 record. The Tigers pitching staff has really had issues lately, allowing 38 runs in this series and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 4.00, which is 23rd in baseball, and they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Miguel Cabrera has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Ian Kinsler has five hits in this series. Starting is Max Scherzer, who is 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA and has 205 strikeouts in 176 innings. Scherzer is 7-2 with a 4.43 ERA in 13 career starts against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins have lost five of their last eight games and are 14 games below a .500 record. The Twins pitching staff also continues to struggle, allowing four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. Overall, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.40, which is 27th in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Trevor Plouffe has 10 RBIs in his last six games and Brian Dozier has four RBIs in this series. Kyle Gibson takes the hill, and he’s 11-9 with a 4.13 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in 139.1 innings. Gibson is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two career starts against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 5-2 in Scherzers last 7 road starts and 43-16 in Scherzers last 59 starts overall. The Twins are 1-4 in Gibsons last 5 home starts and 6-2 in Gibsons last 8 starts vs. American League Central.
I don't trust either one of these teams, especially with the way the Tigers have given up runs in truckloads. Of course Scherzer should do a better job, but the price isn't worth it. The Twins are worth a shot in this spot.