Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (56-56) at Detroit Tigers (52-62)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Comerica Park)
K Gibson (6-9) (6.03) vs. A Sanchez (3-2) (7.14)
The Line: Detroit Tigers -123 / Minnesota Twins +113 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSDT
Up at Comerica Park on Friday, the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers will be kicking off their weekend MLB series.
The Twins are fresh off a set against the Brewers. Minnesota won the first three games, then on Thursday the Twins made it s sweep with a 7-2 victory.
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Minnesota will be rolling out RHP Kyle Gibson on Friday. In his 100.0 innings and 6-9 record this year, Gibson has a 6.03 ERA with 66 Ks and 47 BBs.
The Twins have a few notable bats this year. Brian Dozier came into Thursday with 109 hits, 58 runs, 22 homers and 62 RBI, while Miguel Sano had 102 hits, 67 runs, 25 homers and 72 RBI. On Thursday, Dozier went 0-for-5 but Sano had two hits and two runs.
As for the Tigers, they just played the Pirates. Detroit dropped the first two games but came back with a 10-0 win on Wednesday. In the Thursday finale, the Tigers fell 7-5.
Detroit is going with RHP Anibal Sanchez on Friday. Over his 69.1 innings and 3-2 record this year, Sanchez has a 7.14 ERA with 61 Ks and 20 BBs.
Detroit also has a few key hitters this season. Justin Upton led the way coming into Thursday with 106 hits, 67 runs, 21 homers and 78 RBI, while Nick Castellanos brought 103 hits, 53 runs, 16 homers and 63 RBI. On Thursday, Upton posted two hits and a run; Castellanos ripped a triple with two RBI and a run.
The Twins are 11-5 in their last 16 Friday games, and 5-2 in Gibson’s last seven road starts. Minnesota is also 22-10 in Gibson’s last 32 starts versus a team with a winning record and the over is 4-1-1 in the Twins’ last six Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 1-4 in their last five during game one of a series, and 4-1 in Sanchez’s last five starts in game one of a series. Detroit is also 4-1 in Sanchez’s last five home starts and 6-2 in Sanchez’s last seven starts.
After giving up seven earned in 4.0 innings against Baltimore, Gibson has surrendered 10 earned on 18 hits over his last three starts and 18.2 innings. As for Sanchez, he’s given up a total of 14 earned over his last three starts in 13.1 innings. Neither pitcher here instills much confidence at the moment, so it’s probably going to come down to offensive support. Minnesota is the hotter team right now so I’ll take them, but the sensible play in this one is probably the over.