Jose Berrios (2-3, 9.28 ERA) and Daniel Norris (1-2, 3.81 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (49-77) and the Detroit Tigers (67-59) at Target Field. The Twins lost the last game 9-4, continuing a six-game losing streak. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on FSDT.
Berrios pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking four in a 5-4 defeat to the Royals. Brian Dozier (.270, 79 Rs, 30 HRs, 76 RBIs, 10 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Norris went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Red Sox in his last outing. J.D. Martinez (.322, 53 Rs, 18 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Detroit takes on Minnesota as a -118 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Twins have recorded an overall money line of -1,682 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 37-59. Minnesota has recorded a disappointing 1-5 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Twins have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.9 runs per game. They average 4.5 runs per game on the season.
As for their opponent, Detroit is coming in with an overall money line of +1,226 and an impressive record of 34-16 as the favorite. Despite an underwhelming SU record against AL Central foes (21-27), the Tigers pulled off an impressive 14-9 in games where they were the favorite. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 9.1 hits per game. The Tigers allow 4.5 runs per game, but does worse whenever another team from the AL Central Division is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average up to 5.1 against division foes.
The Tigers have controlled the season series, 9-2. The Twins have a 15-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Norris takes the mound. Berrios (RHP) will be on the hill against the Tigers, who have a 48-40 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Twins currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 15-34, and the Tigers have a 22-27 record.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 24-37 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
The Tigers are coming into the game with three consecutive wins, while the Twins currently have a losing streak of six.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 36-8. The Tigers have a 52-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Minnesota and Detroit both rank in the top half of the league in runs. Minnesota sits at 15th with 569 runs this season and Detroit ranks 11th with 585.
Ranking 19th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 367 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 395.
The Twins are 40-42 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Tigers are 54-35 when they hit at least one homer.