Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 3.25 ERA) and Mike Pelfrey (0-4, 4.64 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (7-17) and the Detroit Tigers (13-10) at Target Field. The Tigers won the last game 4-1, and Detroit leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 1 and can be seen on FSDT and FSN.
Nolasco pitched 7.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs and striking out nine in a 6-5 win over the Indians. Byung Ho Park (.227, 9 Rs, 6 HRs, 8 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Pelfrey went 6.2 innings, surrendering five runs and striking out one in a 5-1 defeat to the Athletics in his most recent start. Victor Martinez (.329, 12 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds for Minnesota and Detroit are Twins -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Twins and Tigers both hold losing records against teams in the AL Central. The Twins sit at 2-9 in these matchups and the Tigers have a 3-5 record.
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 5-5, while Minnesota is 2-7.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 1-3 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 2-14. The Tigers have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 21 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 29.
Ranking 15th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.25 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 9.17.
Ranking 21st, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.690). Detroit ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .752.
When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 7-7. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have a 4-11 record.