Game two of this AL Central series sees the Twins (63-58, 34-24 home) and Tigers (53-66, 27-33 away) facing off at Target Field. The starting pitcher for the Twins will be Kenta Maeda, while the Tigers are turning to Reese Olson. Find out who I like to win in this Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers showdown.
DETROIT TIGERS VS MINNESOTA TWINS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Detroit Tigers +155
This game will be played at Target Field at 1:10 ET on Wednesday, August 16th.
WHY BET THE DETROIT TIGERS:
- Coming into the game, the Twins have gone just 2-3 in their last five home games.
- Detroit has the leg up over the Twins so far this year at 7-5.
- Opponents are hitting just .215 against Reese Olson in his last three starts.
DETROIT TIGERS STRUGGLING VS RUNLINE OF LATE
Heading into this divisional matchup vs. the Twins, the Tigers have an overall record of 53-66. This mark includes going 21-14 against divisional foes. Currently, they are 3rd in the AL Central. Detroit’s overall series record sits at 15-20-4.
Reese Olson heads into the game with a 2-5 record and 4.45 ERA. On the road, he has put together a 0-2 record and 4.04 ERA in five appearances, while at home he is 2-3 with an ERA of 5.39. His season-long WHIP is 1.14, along with a batting average allowed of .225, and teams facing him have compiled a slugging percentage of .394.
The Tigers emerged victorious in the last game Olson pitched, besting the Twins 3-0. The right-hander tossed six frames, surrendering two hits and no earned runs to add a win to his ledger for the 2023 season.
Across their last ten games, the Tigers’ offense is 5th in batting average, leading to an average of 4.5 runs per contest in that span. Overall, they are the 27th ranked scoring offense and posted a season-long OPS of .673 on 115 (22nd).
Kerry Carpenter has been a force to be reckoned with at the plate this season, boasting a .282 batting average and .510 slugging percentage. In the Tigers’ last ten games, he has been particularly impressive, leading Detroit in hits and hitting an incredible .452.
WILL THE MINNESOTA TWINS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Coming in with an overall record of 63-58, the Twins are winners of four straight games. Through 37 series, they are 18-15-4 and in 1st place in the AL Central. At home, they have gone 34-24 compared to 29-34 on the road.
Heading into today’s matchup, Minnesota Twins starter Kenta Maeda has gone deep into the game in his last two starts, pitching at least six innings each time. The right-hander has a 3-7 record and an ERA of 3.98 on the season. Maeda has also tallied 76 strikeouts thus far, while allowing a slugging percentage of .388 and a WHIP of 1.11. His WOBA allowed is currently at .285.
Kenta Maeda was unable to secure a victory in the Twins’ 3-0 loss to the Tigers, but he did his best to keep his team in the game. The right-hander pitched six innings, allowing only one run and earning himself a quality start.
During their last five games, Minnesota is the 17th ranked offense in terms of batting average. In these games, they have hit a combined .221 and are averaging 3.6 runs per game. Across the entire season, the Twins are hitting .237 with an OBP of .316 while averaging 4.4 runs per contest. This figure puts them 16th in the league.
Over the Twins’ past five contests, Matt Wallner has paced the squad with two home runs. He has gone yard nine times in total and is currently hitting .240.