Atlanta Braves vs. Detroit Tigers - 9/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (85-73) at Atlanta Braves (65-92)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)
J Zimmermann (9-6) (4.88) vs. Matt Wisler (7-12) (4.85)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +140 / Detroit Tigers -150 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSO, FSDT
Headed our way from Turner Field in MLB action on Friday, the Detroit Tigers and the Atlanta Braves will be kicking off their weekend series.
The Tigers are coming off a four-game set with the Indians. Detroit dropped the first game but won the next two. On Thursday, the finale was postponed due to bad weather. If necessary, the game will be played on Monday.
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As for the Braves, they just finished up against the Phillies. Atlanta won the first two games of that set, and on Thursday, Atlanta took a 5-2 victory to finish off the sweep.
Pitching for the Tigers on Friday will be RHP Jordan Zimmermann. In his 18 games, 17 starts and 9-6 record, Zimmermann has put up a 4.88 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP in 101.1 innings. In three innings against the Royals his last time out, Zimmermann gave up four hits and one earned.
It’s easy to find the big hitters in the Detroit lineup. Miguel Cabrera has logged 182 hits with 89 runs, 36 homers and 105 RBI. Ian Kindler holds 175 hits with 116 runs, 27 homers and 81 RBI. Victor Martinez has hit 160 times with 65 runs, 27 homers and 86 RBI.
Over on the Braves’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Matt Wisler on Friday. Over 26 games, 26 starts and a 7-12 record this season, Wisler owns a 4.86 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP in 152 innings. In a no-decision against the Marlins his last time out, Wisler put up six innings with two hits and two earned.
The Braves have a few notable hitters of their own. Freddie Freeman has bagged 177 hits with 101 runs, 33 homers and 88 RBI. Nick Markakis holds 160 hits with 66 runs and 88 RBI. Ender Inciarte has hit 151 times with 83 runs and 29 RBI for Atlanta.
The Tigers are 4-1 in their last five inter-league games, and 4-1 in their last five Friday games. Detroit is also 19-7 in their last 26 game ones of a series, and 5-2 in Zimmerman’s last seven starts during game one of a series.
As for the Braves, they’re 4-1 in their last five game ones of a series, and 7-22 in their last 29 inter-league games. Atlanta is also 3-14 in their last 17 inter-league home games, and 4-1 in Wisler’s last five starts.
Detroit is clearly the better team here, but I think Wisler will come out and pitch pretty well to keep it relatively close. That said, I’m going Tigers all the way in the opener.