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Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers - 5/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Date & Time Sunday May 12, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)
Target Field
Minneapolis, MN
The Line
Minnesota Twins -199 / Detroit Tigers +184 -- O/U: 9
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, FS-North
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The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins meet in the finale of their four game AL Central division set in MLB action from Target Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Detroit Tigers will look to salvage a series split with Minnesota after splitting a day-night doubleheader with the Twins on Saturday, winning game one by a final score of 5-3 before dropping game two by a final tally of 8-3. Game one saw Ronny Rodriguez jack a pair of solo home runs while Brandon Dixon and John Hicks each went yard as well. Game two saw Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run shot to make up the majority of Detroit’s scoring in the losing effort. Spencer Turnbull threw 5.2 innings, giving up two runs in game one before Joe Jimenez picked up the win in relief, while Gregory Soto gave up seven runs in four innings to take the loss in game two in his major league debut. Daniel Norris will start the finale and is 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. In his career, Norris is 1-2 with a 3.99 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Minnesota.

The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back and win the series after splitting the doubleheader on Saturday. C.J. Cron and Jason Castro each had a solo home run in game one with Castro going 2 for 4 with a double as well in the opener. Game two saw Cron continue his hot swing, going 4 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Eddie Rosario had three hits and an RBI. Michael Pineda allowed three runs in six innings in game one, but Trevor Hildenberger took the loss in the opener, falling to 2-2 on the year, while Kohl Stewart got the win in game two to improve to 1-1 on the year. Martin Perez will start game four and is 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. In his career, Perez is 1-2 with a 6.17 ERA and 18 strikeouts against Detroit.

Detroit is 3-14 in Norris’ last 17 starts and 21-46 in their last 67 road games while the over is 16-4-1 in their last 21 games against a left-handed starter. Minnesota is 4-0 in Perez’s last 4 starts and 20-7 in their last 27 division games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games. Detroit is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I would take a look at Detroit and the plus money, but the fact is that the Tigers just don’t have any luck with Norris on the mound dating back quite some time now. Perez has been nothing but money for his new team, and has tossed 15 shutout innings over his last two starts. I just think this is Minnesota’s game to lose on Sunday, so I’ll back the Twins and to get rid of some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with Minnesota on the RL.

Minnesota -1.5

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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