Minnesota Twins (20-13) at Detroit Tigers (14-16)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
Kenta Maeda (4-0) (2.21) vs. Casey Mize (0-1) (7.04)
The Line: Detroit Tigers +175 / Minnesota Twins -190 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers meet Sunday in MLB action from Comerica Park.
This will be the third and final matchup of the weekend between these teams. In the Saturday doubleheader, Detroit won both games. Game one was an 8-2 result, and the Tigers won the second game 4-2. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Twins went with Matt Wisler for 1.2 innings in game two on Saturday, and he gave up one hit with three walks and three strikeouts. Tyler Duffey earned the loss there with two earned runs on a homer and three walks in 0.2 innings. Nelson Cruz managed two of the Twins’ four hits there, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer.
For the Sunday starting pitcher role, the Twins will turn to Kenta Maeda. Over his six starts this season, Maeda is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA and 40 Ks in 36.2 innings. On his career, Maeda is 51-35 with a 3.77 ERA and 681 Ks in 625.2 innings total.
Over on the Tigers’ side, they got a nice start from Tarik Skubal on Saturday in game two. He went 5.0 innings with three hits, two earned runs and two strikeouts to earn the win. Jeimer Candelario and Miguel Cabrera provided all the offense on the scoreboard, combining for a pair of homers, four hits, four RBI and three runs.
In the Sunday starting pitcher spot, the Tigers are going with Casey Mize. In two starts this season—his first in the MLB—Mize has an 0-1 record with a 7.04 ERA and nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work.
The Twins are 4-1 in their last five Sunday games and 4-1 in their last five during game three of a series. Minnesota is 70-24 in their last 94 games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30 and 37-16 in their last 53 games as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 21-45 in their last 66 Sunday games and 42-108 in their last 150 games on grass. Detroit is 28-83 in their last 111 games as an underdog and 20-62 in their last 82 home games.
Pick: Going to roll with the Twins here. Maeda is coming off another nice game on Monday with five innings and one run versus Cleveland. He’s pitching well, and this will be the first time since 2017 that Maeda has faced the Tigers. Then there’s Mize, who is developing a nice splitter but needs to complement that pitch with some other stuff to be more effective. It should be an interesting pitching battle but I think the Twins have it, despite dropping both Saturday games in flat efforts.