Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (65-59) at Minnesota Twins (49-75)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
A Sanchez (6-12) (5.94) vs. K Gibson (5-7) (4.90)
The Line: Minnesota Twins TBA / Detroit Tigers TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, FSN
On Tuesday from Target Field, the Detroit Tigers will meet the Minnesota Twins to open their MLB series.
The Tigers just finished up against the Red Sox, winning the opener and the finale, but dropping the other two games.
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As for the Twins, they played the Royals this weekend and lost all four games.
In Tuesday’s game, the Tigers will be bringing out Anibal Sanchez for the start. In his 28 games (20 starts), Sanchez has put up a 5.94 ERA with a 1.51 WHIP in 119.2 innings. In his most recent start against the Royals, Sanchez took a no-decision on seven innings, one hit and no earned.
The Detroit hitters are a pretty well-rounded bunch. Miguel Cabrera leads the way on 140 hits with 68 runs, 27 homers and 78 RBI. Ian Kindler has hit 138 times with 93 runs, 22 homers and 63 RBI. Victor Martinez has hit 129 times with 49 runs, 22 homers and 71 RBI.
Over on the Twins’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Kyle Gibson in the starting role Tuesday. In his 17 starts and 5-7 record this year, Gibson has managed a 4.90 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP in 101 innings. Gibson went the distance in his last start, nine innings with eight hits and three earned against the Braves for a win.
It’s pretty easy to find the top hitters on the Minnesota roster. Brian Dozier has hit 123 times with 75 runs, 28 homers and 74 RBI. Joe Mauer holds 117 hits with 62 runs, 10 homers and 44 RBI. Eduardo Nunez has hit 110 times with 49 runs and 47 RBI.
The Tigers are 4-1 in their last five games following an off day, and 9-4 in their last 13 games following a win. Detroit is also 4-10 in their last 14 overall, and 7-19 in Sanchez’s last 26 starts.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 6-2 in their last eight game ones of a series, and 6-2 in their last eight Tuesday games. Minnesota is also 4-0 in Gibson’s last four starts with five days’ rest, and 4-1 in Gibson’s last five starts on grass.
I like Gibson a little better than Sanchez now, but there’s not much to get excited about in this game. That said, I’ll take Detroit.