Phil Hughes (1-3, 3.91 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (7-15) go up against Michael Fulmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (11-10) in the first of a three-game division series at Target Field. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 29 and will air on FSDT and FSN.
In his last start, Hughes pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out two and walking two in a 2-0 loss to the Nationals. Byung Ho Park (.241, 8 Rs, 5 HRs, 7 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. This is the first opportunity for Fulmer to take the mound this season. Ian Kinsler (.345, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Twins -130 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Twins and Tigers both hold losing records against teams in the AL Central. The Twins sit at 2-7 in these matchups and the Tigers have a 1-5 record.
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 5-5, while Minnesota is 2-7.
The Tigers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 0-6 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 5-2. The Tigers have a 9-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Minnesota has earned 77 this season. Detroit ranks ninth with 96 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Detroit is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 59 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 76.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 5-9. When the Tigers hit at least one homer, they have a 10-4 record.