Tigers vs. Twins - 9/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (53-90) at Detroit Tigers (76-66)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
E Santana (7-10) (3.64) vs. D Norris (2-2) (3.94)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -165 / Minnesota Twins +155 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers begin a four-game series Monday night.
The Minnesota Twins could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Twins have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 5.19 and have lost 13 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier leads Minnesota with 151 hits, Joe Mauer has 49 RBI and Miguel Sano has 23 home runs. Ervin Santana gets the nod, and he’s 7-10 with a 3.58 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. Santana is 9-3 with a 3.14 ERA and 98 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
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The Detroit Tigers could also use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Tigers have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Detroit Tigers offense has been hit or miss recently, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Miguel Cabrera leads Detroit with 162 hits, Ian Kinsler has 73 RBI and Victor Martinez has 24 home runs. Daniel Norris takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Norris is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Twins are 3-7 in their last 10 Monday games and 8-19 in Santanas last 27 starts. The Tigers are 20-8 in their last 28 during game 1 of a series and 7-2 in Norris' last 9 starts vs. American League Central. The Twins are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in Detroit.
The Twins pitching staff continues to get rocked and it doesn't matter who pitches. Santana has actually been one of the better pitchers for Minnesota lately, but the Tigers bats should still do what they usually do. Give me the home team here.