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Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins - 6/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Date & Time Sunday June 9, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Comerica Park
Detroit, MI
The Line
Minnesota Twins: -1.5 (-150) / Detroit Tigers: 1.5 (+130)
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, FS-North
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The Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers meet in the finale of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Comerica Park on Sunday.

The Minnesota Twins will look to win the series after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 9-3. Nelson Cruz went 2 for 3 with a solo home run while Jorge Polanco had a double and an RBI and C.J. Cron added an RBI of his own to round out Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Jason Castro and Byron Buxton each had a base hit as well to round out the Twins’ offense as Minnesota had just six hits as a team in the loss. Kyle Gibson took the loss, falling to 6-3 on the year after allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out eight over five innings of work. Jake Odorizzi will start game three and is 8-2 with a 1.96 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. In his career, Odorizzi is 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 53 strikeouts against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following their game two victory on Saturday. JaCoby Jones went 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and five RBIs while Christin Stewart added a solo home run of his own. Dawel Lugo had a triple and an RBI while Brandon Dixon and Harold Castro each went 2 for 5 with an RBI with Castro hitting a double. Niko Goodrum and Gordon Beckham each had a double while Nick Castellanos had a base hit of his own to cap off Detroit’s offense as a team in the victory. Nick Ramirez got the win in relief to improve to 2-0 on the year. Ryan Carpenter will start game three and is 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Carpenter’s second career start against Minnesota.

Minnesota is 9-0 in Odorizzi’s last 9 starts and 23-7 in their last 30 division games while the over is 7-1-3 in their last 11 road games. Detroit is 2-5 in Carpenter’s last 7 home starts and 8-20 in their last 28 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 game three matchups. Minnesota is 5-0 in Odorizzi’s last 5 starts against Detroit.

The plus money would tempting with Detroit given that Carpenter has pitched better lately, and Detroit’s bats woke up on Saturday. However, that would be if Odorizzi wasn’t pitching on the other side. The Twins have won his last nine starts, and Odorizzi has thrown shutouts in six of his last seven starts, including each of the last three, sitting on a streak of 16+ innings heading into this start. Odorizzi threw seven shutout innings against the Tigers earlier this season and I think we could see a similar result here, so I’ll side with Minnesota and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll back the Twins on the RL to get some extra value out of the bet.

Pick:
Minnesota Twins: -1.5 (-150)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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