Tigers at Twins - 4/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (11-10) at Minnesota Twins (7-15)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
M Fulmer (0-0) (0-0) vs. P Hughes (1-3) (3.91)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -115 / Detroit Tigers +105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series Friday night at Target Field.
The Detroit Tigers could use a victory after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Tigers offense has found its groove again after scoring 16 runs in their last two games and seven or more runs in three of their last four games. Ten of the Detroit Tigers 11 victories this season have come when the offense has produced more than three runs. Ian Kinsler leads Detroit with 30 hits, Nick Castellanos has 11 RBI and J.D. Martinez has three home runs. Michael Fulmer gets the ball, and he’ll make his major league debut. Fulmer was 27-25 with a 3.21 ERA and 385 strikeouts in the minor leagues.
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The Minnesota Twins could also use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Twins pitching staff continues to let them down after allowing five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Minnesota Twins have a team ERA of 3.88 and is allowing a little over a home run per game. Offensively, Joe Mauer leads Minnesota with 24 hits, Miguel Sano has 10 RBI and Brian Dozier has three home runs. Phil Hughes takes the hill, and he’s 1-3 with a 3.91 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Hughes is 8-8 with a 4.48 ERA and 84 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 3-10 in their last 13 Friday games. The Twins are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 2-6 in Hughes' last 8 starts. The over is 12-5-2 in the last 19 meetings in Minnesota.
The Twins are coming off a much needed day off, while the Tigers are starting a pitcher making his first big league start. I never back pitchers taking the hill for the first time. Give me the home team that's rested.