Justin Verlander (0-1, 6.17 ERA) and Gerrit Cole (11-3, 2.16 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (39-36) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (42-33) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:08 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 30 and can be seen on FSN-DET and ROOT-PIT.

Verlander is 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts against the Pirates. Against the Tigers, Cole is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. Andrew McCutchen (.294, 40 Rs, 9 HRs, 44 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday.

Pittsburgh takes on Detroit as a -128 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Tigers have an overall money line of -9 and a record as the underdog of 15-17. Against the NL, they have a 4-4 record when they were the underdog and 7-7 SU. The Tigers have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.5 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.4 runs per game. The Tigers lead the AL in hits with a phenomenal 9.4 per game. Detroit's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.5 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.4.

In the other locker room, Pittsburgh is coming in with an overall money line of +216 and an impressive record of 36-19 as the favorite. Pittsburgh has put in a great performance against American League opponents, coming in with a nice record SU ({betdsi.at.al.su_record}) and as the favorite (5-4). The Pirates are an excellent base stealing team with 56 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. The Pirates allow 3.4 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 4.5 runs per game during that span.

The Tigers lead the season series, 2-1. The Tigers have a 28-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Cole takes the mound. Verlander (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 34-27 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over


In their last game, the Pirates lost by a margin of one run. The Tigers are 13-11 in one-run games. The Pirates have a 14-13 record in close games.

The Tigers are 3-4 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Pirates are 3-7 in such matchups.

Having scored one run in their last game, the Pirates are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Tigers have a 19-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.

When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 33-9. The Pirates have a 31-5 record when outhitting opponents.

Ranking 19th, Pittsburgh sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 298 this season. Detroit ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 327.

Ranking 22nd, Pittsburgh is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 189 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 12th with 227.

When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 29-13, well-matched with the Pirates who are 24-15 when hitting one or more homers.