Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Friday April 12, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins -170 / Detroit Tigers +160 O/U: 7.5
The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins will match up on the MLB circuit to kick off their weekend series on Friday.
Detroit played a three-game set versus the Indians this week. After splitting the first two games, on Thursday the Tigers fell 4-0.
For the Friday game, Detroit will be going with Daniel Norris in the start. Over his 5.1 innings this year, Norris has yet to register a decision and carries a 5.06 ERA with two Ks and three walks.
On Thursday, Detroit could only muster three hits all night. Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-4 on the night, and Jeimer Candelario went 0-for-4 as well.
Over on the Twins’ side, they’re sending out Michael Pineda on Friday. In his two starts and 9.0 total innings this year, Pineda has a 1-0 mark, a 2.00 ERA, 10 Ks and two walks.
Offensively, the Twins are led by Jorge Polanco, with 15 hits, six runs, two homers, three triples and three RBI this year so far. Max Kepler isn’t too far behind with 12 hits, four runs, three homers and eight RBI for Minnesota.
The Tigers are 15-36 in their last 51 Friday games and 6-2 in Norris’ last eight starts in game one of a series. Detroit is 0-4 in Norris’ last four starts and 1-5 in his last six starts versus the AL Central.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 4-0 in their last four games versus a left-handed starter and 14-2 in their last 16 versus the AL Central. Minnesota is 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series and 12-4 in their last 16 overall.
Norris has made two relief appearances this season; one was solid (2.1 innings; two hits; zero earned) and the other was not (3.0 innings; three earned; three hits). That’s probably about par for the course here however, as Norris carried a 5.31 and 5.68 ERA over each of the last two seasons respectively.
Pineda was all over the map with the Yankees last year (his final start was July 5), logging three quality starts and four outings with five earned or more over his final eight games. I’m a little hesitant in trusting Pineda, but his early returns have been good so I’m going Twins here.