Detroit Tigers (17-19) at Minnesota Twins (24-16)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Target Field)
Tarik Skubal (1-1) (6.75) vs. Kenta Maeda (4-1) (2.53)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -230 / Detroit Tigers +190 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins meet in an AL Central division matchup in MLB action from Target Field on Saturday.
The Detroit Tigers will look to rebound after being swept in their double-header by the Twins following a 2-0 loss in game one and a 3-2 loss in game two last time out. Game one saw Detroit crank out just five hits as a team with none of the hits going for extra bases. Game two saw Johnathan Schoop have a triple and an RBI while Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Victor Reyes went 2 for 4 as well. Game one saw Matthew Boyd take the loss on the mound after allowing two runs over six innings of work with six strikeouts while game two saw Joe Jimenez take the loss to fall to 1-3 on the year in relief. Tarik Skubal will start here and is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. This will be Skubal’s second career start against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins will look to build off of the sweep of the Tigers from Friday’s double-header. Game one saw Jorge Polanco and Josh Donaldson each hit a solo home run while game two saw Polanco go 4 for 4 with an RBI while Marwin Gonzalez and Brent Rooker each had an RBI to finish off the scoring for the Twins in the victory. Game one saw Randy Dobnak pick up the win on the mound after dealing six shutout innings while game two saw Sergio Romo pick up the victory in relief. Kenta Maeda will start here and is 4=1 with a 2.53 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. In his career, Maeda is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Detroit.
Detroit is 18-53 in their last 71 games within the division and 37-102 in their last 139 games as an underdog while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 road games. Minnesota is 20-7 in their last 27 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a left-handed starter. The under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I know a lot of it had to do with the double-header games being shorter, but runs have really been at a premium so far this series with the double-header producing just seven runs, and that was with Matt Boyd on the mound for Detroit in one of them as well! With that said, I’m expecting another sharp outing from Skubal here and Maeda’s been pretty good as well so I’ll back the under in what is a surprising pitcher’s duel on paper, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.