Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers Matchup

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The Minnesota Twins will make a road trip to Detroit to face off against their AL Central rival Tigers at Comerica Park. Fox Sports North will showcase the matchup and the game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Oddsmakers have put matching moneyline odds (-105) on both of these teams. Bettors can gamble on the games total with odds sitting at -120 for over 9 runs and even money (+100) for under 9. Gamblers can also bet on the games spread with the runline odds sitting at +140 for the Twins -1.5 runs and -160 for the Tigers +1.5.

The Twins have gone 28-34 SU this year and are 36-26 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.4 units for moneyline bettors, despite having gained 8.7 units ATS. Minnesota is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 31-36 SU and 37-30 ATS. The team has gained 6.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.0 units ATS. Detroit has a 3-5 ATS record over its last seven outings and the total has gone under in six of those seven.

Tigers games have a 28-37-2 over/under record so far in 2018. The Twins have an over/under record of 28-32-2.

The right-handed Jake Odorizzi will get the nod for the visiting Twins. Odorizzi is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA and 68 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Tigers are putting the ball in the hands of lefty Blaine Hardy (2-1, 3.66 ERA), who has 22 strikeouts and eight walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.19. Hardy is 0-0 with four strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA against Minnesota this year.

Minnesota’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.23 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.90 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.15, along with a K/9 of 8.83.

Twins hitters have slashed .241/.317/.408 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game this season, including 5.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Minnesota’s offense has been led by outfielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Eduardo Escobar, who collectively have swatted 26 home runs. Rosario is slashing .313/.352/.557 with 14 home runs, 43 RBIs and 41 runs scored, while Escobar has a .288 average with 12 homers, 39 RBIs and 31 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Detroit’s pitching staff has allowed 4.6 runs per game overall this season. The clubs starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.25, a WHIP of 1.28 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.0. The bullpen has a 4.42 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 29 games against AL Central opponents, Tigers starters have an ERA of 3.78 and the bullpens ERA is 4.23.

The Detroit offense has put up 4.2 runs per outing, including 3.5 per game against divisional foes and 3.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .213/.262/.333 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias have led the charge for the Tigers batters this year. Castellanos is slashing .321/.360/.496 with six home runs, 34 RBIs and 32 runs scored, and Iglesias has put up a line of .257/.305/.383 with 57 hits, 24 RBIs, 23 runs and nine steals.

The Twins have lost 4.5 units and are 9-7 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in five of those games, compared to 11 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 1.3 units and are 24-24 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 17 of those games, compared to 29 which went under the total.

Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Tigers, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Detroit has posted 17.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 18.6 over its last five.
  • The Twins have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Tigers have hit five over their last 10.