Minnesota Twins (18-14) at Detroit Tigers (19-13)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 13, 2015, 7:08 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Tigers -146 / Minnesota Twins +136 --- Over/Under: 9
The Minnesota Twins look to leave Comerica Park and the Detroit Tigers with a loss in the final game of their series on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Twins might be the surprise of the season thus far as they are hanging right behind Kansas City and Detroit in the American League Central. The Twins had a chance to tie the Tigers for second Tuesday but dropped a 2-1 decision at the Motor City. Starter Kyle Gibson held the heaving Tigers to fives over seven frames for a no decision with a run allowed on a solo homer. The offense couldn’t get much done with a sacrifice fly from Torii Hunter driving in Danny Santana with their lone run. Ricky Nolasco makes his 4th start of 2015 and second versus the Tigers. Nolasco has struggled in his three outings with 13 runs given up and six free passes on 20 hits covering 13 innings pitched.
The big offense of the Tigers only needs a little help from their pitching on most nights to get positive results. Having said that it was the work on the mound that stole the show Tuesday with Starter Alfredo Simon allowing the only run on six hits while whiffing six through 7.2 innings for a no decision. Three relievers kept dangerous Minnesota off the board the rest of the way while the eventually scratched out a few runs. The Tigers produced nine hits and walked once with JD Martinez slamming homer number 17 with Ian Kinsler driving in Anthony Gose. Kyle Lobstein is tabbed for the series ending start versus Minnesota on Wednesday. Lobstein tossed the best game of his season with an unearned run scored on five hits and a pair of walks in a 4-1 victory at the White Sox.
Minnesota are 9-2 in their last 11 overall and are 9-2 in their last 11 games on grass while going 6-2 in their last 8 games as an underdog. I'm not a fan of Nolasco at all but I don't think Lobstein should be this big a fave either so I'd rather just go small on the Twins or walk away...