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Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers - 4/13/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Date & Time Saturday April 13, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
Minnesota Twins -175 / Detroit Tigers +155 O/U: 7.5
TV Channel
FSDT, FSN
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The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins will meet up in MLB action on Saturday afternoon.

This technically would have been game two of the series, but snow postponed the Friday opener, which has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader May 11.

For Saturday’s game, the Tigers will be sending out Tyson Ross. In his 12.0 innings and 1-1 mark this season, Ross has a 2.25 ERA with 12 Ks and five walks.

Leading the offense for the Tigers this year are Miguel Cabrera, Nick Castellanos and Niko Goodrum, each with 12 hits. Combined the three players have hit in 11 RBI but have just one homer.

Over on the Twins’ side, they’re going with Michael Pineda in the start Saturday. In his 9.0 innings and 1-0 record this season, Pineda has a 2.00 ERA with 10 strikeouts and two walks to his name.

Jorge Polanco is tops for the Minnesota offense this season, with his 15 hits, six runs, two homers and three RBI. Max Kepler isn’t too far off that pace for the Twins, with 12 hits, four runs, three homers and eight RBI.

The over is 4-1 in the Tigers’ last five Saturday games and they’re 6-2 in their last eight overall. Detroit is 17-38 in their last 55 road game sand 14-38 in their last 52 versus a team with a winning record.

Meanwhile, the Twins are 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series and 12-4 in the last 16 overall. Minnesota is 35-16 in their last 51 home games and 2-7 in the last nine Saturday games.

Ross has started out the season pretty well, transitioning from a starter to a reliever last year, then back to a starter in 2019 with just three earned runs over his 12.0 innings.

As for Pineda, he had some shaky outings with the Yankees late last year (14 earned across his final three starts) but so far this year has been very solid.

Still, I don’t necessarily trust either pitcher here, so the over doesn’t look too bad (it is going to be a balmy 37 degrees at game time though). I like the Tigers to handle Pineda and get a win in this one.

Pick:
Detroit Tigers +155

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