Tyler Duffey (0-0, 2.25 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (7-16) go up against Jordan Zimmermann (4-0, 0.35 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (12-10) in the second of a three-game division series at Target Field. The Tigers won the last game 9-2, and Detroit leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 30 and will air on FSDT and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Duffey pitched 4.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out one and walking two in a 6-5 loss to the Nationals. Eduardo Nunez (.382, 9 Rs, 8 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Tigers were victorious the last time Zimmermann pitched. He pitched well, going 6.2 innings, allowing three, striking out one and walking one in a 7-3 victory over the Athletics. Victor Martinez (.319, 11 Rs, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Tigers, going 4 for 5 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds are Detroit -130 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
The only other game between the two teams went Detroit's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Twins and Tigers both hold losing records against teams in the AL Central. The Twins sit at 2-8 in these matchups and the Tigers have a 2-5 record.
The Twins managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are coming in with a 6-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the Twins, as the Tigers have won their last three games while the Twins have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 5-2. The Tigers have a 10-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Minnesota has earned 79 this season. Detroit ranks eighth with 105 runs.
Ranking 21st, Detroit is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 63 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 78.
The Twins are 5-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 11-4 when they hit at least one homer.