Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers - 7/23/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Tigers (44-51) at Minnesota Twins (48-47)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Matt Boyd (3-5) (5.58) vs. Adalberto Mejia (4-4) (4.22)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -105 / Detroit Tigers -105 --- Over/Under: 11 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Detroit, FS-North
The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins close out their three game division set at Target Field on Sunday.
The Detroit Tigers will look to take the series after dropping game two by a final score of 6-5 to even the series at one win apiece. Justin Upton led the team by going 1 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs. Alex Presley went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI of his own while James McCann added a two-bagger of his own. Mikie Mahtook and Jose Iglesias each added base hits in the losing effort for Detroit. Jordan Zimmermann took the loss, falling to 6-8 this season after giving up five runs on nine hits while walking four over just 3.2 innings of work. Matt Boyd will start game three and is 3-5 with a 5.58 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. In his career, Boyd is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 36 strikeouts against Minnesota.
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The Minnesota Twins will also be looking to take the series after coming out on top in game two. Robbie Grossman and Eddie Rosario each put up a double and an RBI while Miguel Sano, Joe Mauer and Jason Castro also added runs on the board in the win. Zack Granite went 3 for 4 and Max Kepler added a pair of hits while Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar also added base hits of their own in the win for Minnesota. Kyle Gibson got the win to improve to 6-8 this season after giving up three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out five over 7.1 innings of work. Brandon Kintzler closed out the 8th and 9th for his 27th save of the year. Adalberto Mejia will start game three and is 4-4 with a 4.22 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mejia is 0-0 with a 10.13 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Detroit.
Detroit is 0-5 in Boyd’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 6-0-2 in their last 8 Sunday games. Minnesota is 4-1 in Mejia’s last 5 starts and 1-7 in their last 8 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Detroit is 6-1 in Boyd’s last 7 starts against Minnesota.
Even though Boyd has had a lot of success against the Twins in his career, the fact is that he has struggled against teams with winning records, while the Twins seem to give Mejia enough support to get the job done, so I’ll hope that continues here as I back the Twins in what’s a lean at best.