Shane Greene (5-4, 3.78 ERA) and Kyle Gibson (13-12, 4.47 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (2-0) and the Minnesota Twins (0-2) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 11-0 and Detroit leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:08 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on FSN-N and FSN-DET.
Greene will take the mound after recording 78.2 innings last year, closing out the season with a 5-4 record, 3.78 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts. Jose Iglesias (.857 ) had a good game yesterday, going 4 for 4 with three runs. When pitching against the Tigers, Gibson is 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, and 18 strikeouts. Jordan Schafer (.400 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Detroit is a -160 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Tigers are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 10.0 per game. Detroit is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping three bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Tigers, who have a team ERA of only 0.00. The Tigers are the fourth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 0.61 so far this season.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET, O/U - Over
The Tigers are a perfect 2-0 against the division, while the winless Twins are at 0-2.
Detroit earned its second shutout of the season in its last game. Minnesota has been shut out two times this season.
The Tigers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Twins have a 0-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the Twins, as the Tigers have won their last two games while the Twins have lost their last two.
Detroit ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 15 this season. Minnesota ranks near the bottom at 27th with zero.
Ranking first in walks, Detroit has earned nine this season. Minnesota ranks 21st with two walks.