Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Free Preview

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The Minnesota Twins will be taking on their AL Central rival Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The action will begin at 7:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports North will be showing the game.

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Minnesota (-145) as the favorite over Detroit (+135). The total sits at 8.5 runs and bettors can take the over or the under for -110. Gamblers can also bet on the games spread with the runline odds standing at Twins -1.5 runs (+100) and Tigers +1.5 runs (-120).

The Twins are 29-34 SU and are 36-26 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.4 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having gained 8.7 units ATS. The Tigers, on the other hand, are 31-37 SU and 37-30 ATS. The team has gained 6.0 units for moneyline bettors and 3.0 units ATS.

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

Right-hander Jose Berrios is getting the nod for the visiting Twins. Berrios is 7-5 with a 3.66 ERA and 84 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with nine strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA against Detroit this year (two starts).

The Tigers will send lefty Matthew Boyd (4-4, 3.20 ERA) to the mound. Boyd has 54 strikeouts and 26 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.09 WHIP. Boyd is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA over one starts against Minnesota this year.

Minnesota’s pitching staff allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.22 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.88 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.08, along with a K-per-9 of 8.91.

The Twins offense has slashed .241/.316/.406 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game this year, including 5.0 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Minnesota’s hitters have been powered by left fielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Eduardo Escobar, who’ve collectively blasted 26 home runs. Rosario is slashing .312/.351/.552 with 14 home runs, 43 RBIs and 42 runs scored, while Escobar is hitting .288 with 12 homers, 39 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Detroit’s pitchers have yielded 4.6 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 4.23 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.51 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 30 divisional games, Tigers starters have an ERA of 3.75 and the bullpens ERA is 4.46.

The Detroit offense is putting up 4.2 runs per outing, including 3.5 per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .214/.274/.341 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Tigers batters have been led by right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is slashing .316/.357/.489 with six home runs, 34 RBIs and 32 runs scored, while Iglesias has produced a line of .261/.309/.394 with 59 hits, 25 RBIs, 24 runs and 10 steals.

The Twins have lost 4.5 units and are 9-7 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in five of those games, as opposed 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 overs hit in 17 of those games, as opposed to 29 which went under the total.

Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in six of Detroit’s last seven games.
  • The Tigers have lost three of their last four games SU.
  • Detroit has posted 16.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19.2 over its last five.
  • The Twins have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.