Detroit Tigers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 4/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (5-2) at Detroit Tigers (3-2)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
J Nicasio (1-0) (1.50) vs. A Sanchez (1-0) (3.60)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -142 / Pittsburgh Pirates +132 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT SPORTS, FS-D
Coming up in MLB action on Tuesday afternoon, we’ve got game two of an early-week series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
In game one of this series, the Pirates took a 7-4 victory, scoring all of their runs in the first five innings. Pittsburgh accounted for 17 hits overall, as opposed to the Tigers’ six.
For Tuesday’s game two, the Pirates are set to be starting right-hander Juan Nicasio. In his first start of the year way back on Wednesday, Nicasio tossed six innings of one-run ball to help the Pirates complete their season-opening series against the Cardinals with a sweep. It was a great spring and a great first appearance for Nicasio.
At the Pittsburgh plate, we’ve got a solid assortment of hitters. Starling Marte has been an early standout, with seven hits, four RBI and two steals heading into this series. Marte added two more hits in game one. Also of note is Francisco Cervelli, who has 10 hits, five RBI and a triple on the season.
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The Tigers will be bringing out right-hander Anibal Sanchez for Tuesday’s game. Sanchez had an up-and-down outing against the Marlins on Wednesday in his first appearance of the year, but came away with two runs on four hits over five innings for the win. 2015 wasn’t so good to Sanchez, as he tallied a 4.99 ERA in a career-worst season.
As for the Tigers batting order, we’re seeing a pretty well-rounded effort from almost everyone so far. Ian Kinsler is leading the way in the early-going, logging eight hits and five RBI. Kinsler went 0-for-4 in the opener. Miguel Cabrera is off to a solid start as well, with five hits, a homer and three RBI. Cabrera, likewise, whiffed in the opening game.
Moving over to the trends for this matchup, the Pirates are 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games. Pittsburgh is also 13-3 in their last 16 against the American League Central.
As for the Tigers, they’re 5-1 in their last six Tuesday games, and 7-0 in Sanchez’s last seven home starts.
This should be another great matchup, and a fun one to watch. I think Nicasio is going to continue his strong start, and I’m not all that thrilled with Sanchez right now. That considered, I like the Pirates to keep things rolling.