Tommy Milone (2-0, 3.38 ERA) and David Price (1-1, 3.28 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (8-10) and the Detroit Tigers (13-6) at Target Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 27 and can be seen on FSN-DET and FSN-N.
Milone is 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA in his appearances against the Tigers, but goes up against a good Detroit offense which is batting .287 this season. Joe Mauer (.299, 3 Rs, 9 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three RBIs. Price is 6-3 with a 2.27 ERA against the Twins in his career. He is up against a below-average Minnesota offense that's batting just .226. Rajai Davis (.341, 11 Rs, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Tigers, going 3 for 4 yesterday with three runs.
Detroit takes on Minnesota as a -145 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Twins have an overall money line of -132 and a record as the underdog of 7-9. Minnesota has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 6-8 and 6-9 as the underdog and SU respectively. Minnesota's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.4 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.7.
As for their opponent, Detroit is coming in with an overall money line of +620 and an impressive record of 9-5 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with an 8-2 record against AL Central opponents, and a 10-2 record SU. Offensively, the Tigers have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.7 runs per game by averaging 6.2 in those contests. The Tigers are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 9.4 hits per game. The Tigers are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 21 stolen bases. Detroit's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.58 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Tigers are fifth in the AL with an average of 7.7 hits allowed per game.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Twins have a 3-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Price takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Under
The Tigers hold a 10-2 record in matchups against AL Central Division rivals, while the Twins currently sit at 6-9 in these games.
The Twins are 2-0 when they go into extra innings.
The Detroit batters brought in a solid 13 hits last game. Minnesota has a record of 0-2 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Tigers are 11-1. The Twins have a 6-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Minnesota has earned 60 this season. Detroit ranks seventh with 90 runs.
Ranking 20th, Minnesota is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 52 this season. Detroit ranks in the top five at fourth with 69.
The Twins are 6-2 when they hit at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 9-3 record.