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Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Game 1 - 5/11/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Date & Time Saturday May 11, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)
Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
Minnesota Twins -144 / Detroit Tigers +134 O/U: 9
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The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins will meet up on the MLB diamond for game one of their doubleheader Saturday.

In the opener Friday, the Twins scored in four straight innings on the way to a 6-0 shutout.

For Saturday’s game one, the Tigers will be sending out Spencer Turnbull for the start. Over his 39.0 innings and 2-2 record this year, Turnbull has a 2.31 ERA with 38 Ks and 14 BBs.

The Tigers’ bats were simply not working on Friday in the shutout loss. Detroit mustered just three hits in that one.

Over on the Twins’ side, they’re going with Michael Pineda in the game one start Saturday. Across 34.0 innings and a 2-3 mark so far, Pineda has a 6.09 ERA with 30 Ks and nine walks.

In the win Friday, Jorge Polano managed a big double and knocked in three RBI for the team high on the Twins.

The Tigers are 16-35 in the last 51 in game two of a series and 9-26 in their last 35 openers of doubleheaders. Detroit is 1-4 in the last five Saturday games and the under is 4-1 in Turnbull’s last five road starts.

Meanwhile, the Twins are 0-4 in Pineda’s last four starts and 0-4 in his last four on grass. Minnesota is 6-0 in their last six Saturday games and the over is 4-0 in their last four Saturday games.

It’s been a good start to the season for Turnbull, who has allowed just two combined earned runs on 14 hits over 24.0 innings in his last four starts.

As for Pineda, he’s been all over the place and has coughed up 18 earned over his last four starts combined.

I can’t find a lot of reasons not to take a chance on the Tigers in this one.

Detroit Tigers +134

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