Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers - 8/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (66-59) at Minnesota Twins (49-76)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)
D Norris (1-2) (3.81) vs. Jose Berrios (2-3) (9.28)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +108 / Detroit Tigers -118 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Tigers look to build on their 14-hit output yesterday as they continue their pivotal road set against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
The Tigers got a huge 9-4 win on the road at Target Field last night as they do battle with the lowly Twins but with their wild card hopes hanging in the balance the Tigers must find a way to stay competitive and go on a winning streak as they can see their grasp on a playoff spot starting to slip. Detroit likely won’t catch the Cleveland Indians for the AL Central division crown and now they have to worry about the Kansas City Royals coming in the rearview as the wild card race is starting to heat up with a handful of teams all in in the mix including both teams that fall short of the AL East banner as well as the Astros and Mariners from the West which is going to be very exciting down the stretch. Detroit will send Daniel Norris to the hill in this one as the left hander looks to get the best of the Twins who will counter with Jose Berrios.
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The Twins meanwhile have slipped back into anonymity after going on a surge after the all star break and while there are some positive to be taken out of this season it is clear they need to go back to the drawing board in the offseason and see if they can bring in some pieces that can help their rebuild along. Minnesota does have some power and is getting another spectacular season out of second baseman Brian Dozier who has been hitting the cover off the ball over the last few months and if he can be a focal point moving forward it is certainly a good place to start and give them peace of mind.
Detroit is 0-4 in Norris’ last four starts, 5-2 in their last seven Thursday games, and are 21-6 in their last 27 starts against a pitcher with a WHIP greater than 1.30 while the Twins are 1-6 in their last seven home games, 0-7 in their last seven against a team with a winning record, and 4-14 in their last 18 after losing the game before. This is a nightmare scenario for Minnesota as the Tigers need to keep winning and with Norris on the bump they should have no issues with that here.