In a game that could be a shootout, Anibal Sanchez (6-12, 5.94 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (65-59) are in Minnesota to take on Kyle Gibson (5-7, 4.90 ERA) and the Twins (49-75). This is the first of a three-game series at Target Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and can be seen on FSDT and FSN.
Gibson pitched 9.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking three in a 10-3 win over the Braves. Brian Dozier (.266, 75 Rs, 28 HRs, 74 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday. Sanchez went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 4-1 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. J.D. Martinez (.320, 50 Rs, 18 HRs, 50 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 Sunday with two runs and two RBIs.
The Twins currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 15-32, and the Tigers have a 20-27 record.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Twins are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 17-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 8-62. The Tigers have a 10-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 147 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 162.
Ranking 19th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 361 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 392.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 40-40. When the Tigers hit at least one homer, they have a 52-35 record.