American League East rivals collide on the diamond on Wednesday night in a nationally televised MLB betting clash on ESPN when the Minnesota Twins face off with the Detroit Tigers. Last night was the first game of this three game set in the Motor City, and it was a pitcher's duel to remember. Both RHP Justin Verlander and LHP Francisco Liriano pitched well, but in the end, Liriano's ten strikeouts ruled the day as the Twins won Game 1 2-0. There wasn't an earned run in the game, as the Tigers committed three errors that led to a pair of unearned runs.
RHP Scott Baker is the man in charge of keeping the Tigers' bats quiet once again. He had pitched quite well up until his most recent start of the 2010 season, as he had a 3.38 ERA coming into his last appearance. In that showing against the Indians, Baker allowed ten hits and six earned runs for his second defeat of the young season. Now that the righty is going up against the Tigers tonight, he will have faced every one of his divisional foes this year. This is the 18th meeting between the Tigers and Baker. The righty is 5-4 with a 4.34 ERA in those outings.
On the contrary, this will be RHP Max Scherzer's first look at the Twins in his career. The right-hander came over to the Motor City in the deal that sent OF Curtis Granderson to the Yankees and RHP Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. So far, he has had a mixed bag of results. His core numbers are solid, as there isn't much improving a 2.63 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 17/7 K/BB ratio. However, Scherzer is just 1-1 on the season, and the Tigers are 1-3 in his four starts.
All things considered, the Tigers are awfully short favorites in this game. Baker is the model of consistency for the Twins organization, but Detroit is just waiting to embrace its new, young stud arm. Scherzer should pitch well tonight, and that should send a team with one of the best records in baseball to its seventh defeat of the season.
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