Minnesota Twins (3-1) at Detroit Tigers (2-2)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)
Kenta Maeda (0-0) (2.08) vs. Matthew Boyd (1-0) (0.00)
The Line: Detroit Tigers +154 / Minnesota Twins -167 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers meet Wednesday in MLB action from Comerica Park.
This will be the final installment of a three-game set between these teams. Minnesota won Monday 15-6, then in the Tuesday game Detroit got revenge with an extra-innings victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Minnesota didn’t have a lot of trouble in the Monday game, notching five runs in both the second and fifth innings on the way to the 15-6 win. On Tuesday, the Twins had a lead in the fifth but eventually lost it in a 4-3 10-inning affair. Nelson Cruz had three hits with a run and an RBI in that one.
For the Wednesday starting role, the Twins will send out Kenta Maeda. On Opening Day this year versus the Brewers, Maeda put up 4.1 innings with five strikeouts and one earned run. In 18 innings versus Detroit last year, Maeda struck out 25 batters.
Over on the Tigers’ side, they couldn’t get much of anything going offensively on Monday, outside of a ninth-inning grand slam by Akil Baddoo. Tuesday’s game saw Detroit take a while to get going, but they finished nicely. Niko Goodrum led the way on three hits with a run.
For the starting role on Wednesday the Tigers are going with Matthew Boyd. On April first versus the Indians, Boyd put up 5.2 innings with three hits, four walks and two strikeouts. Last year versus the Twins Boyd posted a 1-1 recon with 14 Ks in 12 innings.
The Twins are 6-1 in the last seven in game three of a series and 7-3 in their last 10 Wednesday games. Minnesota is 5-0 in their last five versus a left-handed starter and the under is 8-2-2 in their last 12 in game three of a series.
Meanwhile, Detroit is 17-37 in their last 54 in game three of a series and 22-51 in their last 73 Wednesday games. The Tigers are 54-131 in their last 185 overall and 27-70 in their last 97 home games.
PICK: I’m going to take a shot on the Tigers here. Boyd allowed just three earned runs in 12 innings with no walks versus the Twins last year, and if he can keep that up Detroit will be in good shape. Maeda had a few command issues in his Opening Day start but minimized the damage against Milwaukee. A few opportunistic hits in this one could get the Tigers in position to eke out a win late.