Detroit Tigers (68-57) at Minnesota Twins (56-70)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 23, 2014, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Twins / Detroit Tigers --- Over/Under:
MLB Net, FSN-DET, FSN-N
The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins will play a doubleheader on Saturday at Target Field.
The Detroit Tigers have split their last 10 games and are 10 games above .500. The Tigers pitching staff has been shaky lately, allowing 20 runs in Friday’s loss and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Detroit Tigers have an ERA of 3.91, which is 22nd in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Victor Martinez has 12 RBIs in his last nine games. Buck Farmer gets the nod, and he’s 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and has four strikeouts in five innings. This is Farmer’s first career game against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins have split their last 12 games and are 13 games below .500. The Twins have scored 24 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. Trevor Plouffe has five RBIs in his last two games and Oswaldo Arcia has 14 RBIs in his last 10 games. It’s the Minnesota Twins pitching staff that needs to stop stinking up the joint, allowing four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Twins have an ERA of 4.40, which is 27th in the majors. Starting is Yohan Pino, who is 1-5 with a 5.37 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 55.1 innings. This is Pino’s first career game against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 41-20 in their last 61 during game 2 of a series and 6-28 in their last 34 opening games of a double-header. The Twins are 6-2 in their last 8 opening games of a double-header and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League Central.
There's no line ou just yet, but I'm going with the Twins in game one regardless assuming they'll be getting plus money. I haven't been impressed with the Tigers lately and they've been historically brutal in thefirst game of a doubleheader. I like the home team.