Detroit Tigers (40-48) vs. Minnesota Twins (36-50)
July 9, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Twins -182 / Detroit Tigers +167; Over/Under: -9.5
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The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins meet Friday in MLB action at Target Field. The Tigers look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Twins need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games.
The Detroit Tigers have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Tigers have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Jonathan Schoop leads the Tigers with 90 hits and 50 RBI while Jeimer Candelario and Robbie Grossman have combined for 147 hits and 64 RBI. Matt Manning gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 7.94 ERA and six strikeouts this season. This will be Manning’s first career game against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Twins have won nine of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. Nelson Cruz leads the Twins with 79 hits and 45 RBI while Jorge Polanco and Luis Arraez have combined for 137 hits and 56 RBI. Kenta Maeda gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 5.03 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. Maeda is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 15-43 in their last 58 Friday games. The Twins are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The over is 5-0-1 in Tigers last 6 overall. The over is 42-19-4 in Twins last 65 overall. The Tigers are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Minnesota and 19-42 in the last 61 meetings.
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I’m not running to the window to back Matt Manning on the bump, but the Tigers are playing the better baseball lately. The Twins continue to disappoint and Kenta Maeda has had his fair share of struggles this season. The Twins simply shouldn’t be priced like this given their constant struggles. The Tigers have a lot of value here with the plus money.