In the first of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers (76-66) and the Minnesota Twins (53-90) at Comerica Park, Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.94 ERA) and Ervin Santana (7-10, 3.58 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 12 and will air on FSDT and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Norris pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 6-5 victory over the Royals. The Twins were unsuccessful against the Royals 10-3 the last time Santana pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking three. Brian Dozier (.277, 95 Rs, 39 HRs, 93 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The Twins are struggling at 19-44 in their division, while the Tigers sit at 29-30.
When leading after seven innings, Detroit is 39-28, while Minnesota is 28-37.
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 outhit their opponents, the Twins are 38-12. The Tigers have a 59-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total runs this season, Detroit ranks 14th with 646 runs and Minnesota is 11th with 658.
Ranking 12th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.751). Detroit ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .764.
The Twins are 38-75 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Tigers are 43-48 when they allow at least one homer.