Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (33-57) at Detroit Tigers (48-44)
MLB Baseball: Monday, July 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
R Nolasco (4-7) (5.22) vs. Matt Boyd (0-2) (5.77)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -144 / Minnesota Twins +134 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSDT
On Monday from Comerica Park, the MLB is bringing us the series opener between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers are coming off a weekend series against the Royals. Detroit lost Saturday, but won Friday and Sunday by 4-2 each game.
As for the Twins, they just finished up against the Indians. The two teams split the first pair of games, and on Sunday Minnesota dropped the finale 6-1.
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Minnesota will be utilizing right-hander Ricky Nolasco on Monday. In his 18 starts and 4-7 record this year, Nolasco owns a 5.22 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP in 108.2 innings. In Texas his last time out, Nolasco got a win despite nine hits and three earned in six innings.
At the plate, the Twins have a few standouts. Eduardo Nunez sits atop the heap with 103 hits, 47 runs, 12 homers and 40 RBI. Joe Mauer has put up 85 hits with 44 runs and 28 RBI. Brian Dozier holds 81 hits with 48 runs, 15 homers and 47 RBI so far. Dozier managed two hits on Sunday.
As for the Tigers, they’ll be calling on lefty Matt Boyd on Monday. In seven games (six starts) and an 0-2 record this year, Boyd holds a 5.77 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP over 34.1 innings. In Toronto his last time out, Boyd gave up four hits and one earned in five innings for a no-decision.
The Detroit hitters have a few diamonds in their midst as well. Ian Kinsler leads the team with 109 hits, 75 runs, 18 homers and 55 RBI this year. Nick Castellanos has put up 103 hits with 47 runs, 17 homers and 51 RBI. Miguel Cabrera is also playing pretty well with 100 hits, 49 runs, 18 homers and 53 RBI on the season.
The Twins are 6-20 in their last 26 against a left-handed starter, and 7-25 in their last 32 against the American League Central. Minnesota is also 1-4 in their last five Monday games, and 2-5 in Nolasco’s last seven Monday starts.
As for the Tigers, they’re 12-5 in their last 17 home games, and 2-9 in their last 11 against the American League Central. Detroit is also 4-1 in Boyd’s last five home starts and 1-4 in Boyd’s last five starts in game one of a series.
Boyd seems pretty comfortable on the mound lately, so I’ll take him and the Tigers here.