Matchup: San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers
Date/Time: September 7, 8:05 p.m. ET
MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook
Probable Starters: SF: Tim Hudson (9-9, 3.08) v. DET: Kyle Lobstein (0-0, 3.18)
Moneyline: Detroit -108
The San Francisco Giants will be in search of a road sweep over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN with Tim Hudson on the hill against Kyle Lobstein. The Giants won 8-2 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday to push the Tigers 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot in the AL behind the Seattle Mariners and two games behind the Kansas City Royals. The Giants now have a four-game lead in the NL for the first wild card spot and trail the Dodgers by two games in the NL West.
Tim Hudson enters this game as the leading active pitcher in wins with 214 over his 453 career starts. That’s 214 more wins and 451 more starts than his opponent, Kyle Lobstein. In his age-38 season, Hudson has performed like a fine wine, with a 3.08 ERA and just 30 walks in 172.1 innings of work. In nine starts since the All-Star Break, Hudson is 2-3 with a 3.52 ERA. He has not finished a start with an ERA higher than the one he currently has at 3.08. Hudson may be slowing down, however, as he has pitched less than six innings in four of his last six starts.
Kyle Lobstein will be vying for his first Major League win in his third career start. He’s coming off an outstanding start against the Indians in which he struck out 10 in just 5.1 innings of work. He allowed two runs on four hits and walked one. In his two starts, Lobstein has a 2.38 ERA with just a .592 OPS against. In Triple-A Toledo, Lobstein was 9-11 with a 4.07 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance.
Hudson will be facing the Tigers for the 15th time in his career, but the first time since 2004. He’s 9-2 with a 3.07 ERA, but clearly those numbers are irrelevant now. Current Tigers have a .346/.381/.462/.842 slash line against Hudson in 84 plate appearances. The Giants are 17-10 for a profit of 6.41 units in Hudson’s 27 starts. Lobstein has never faced the Giants and this will be his first interleague start. The Tigers are 2-0 in his two starts for a profit of 2.43 units.
Free MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers
The Tigers should rally together and salvage a game in this series. The Giants face a lefty that they have never seen before and that tends to be a profitable angle over the long haul. This is a late game with a very late flight back to San Francisco and even though the Giants have the day off tomorrow, they’ve secured a .500 road trip. Hudson has not been giving the Giants length and it’s even harder to do that in the AL with the DH instead of the pitcher. Lobstein has pitched well and should continue to do so his first time through the league before the scouting reports and video catch up with him.