Justin Verlander (2-4, 4.71 ERA) and Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 4.87 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (18-21) and the Minnesota Twins (10-28) at Comerica Park. The Tigers won the last game 7-2, and Detroit leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 18 and can be seen on FSDT and FSN+.
Verlander pitched 8.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 1-0 defeat to the Orioles. Nick Castellanos (.346, 18 Rs, 8 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Nolasco went 6.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking three in a 7-6 defeat to the Indians in his most recent start. Miguel Sano (.239, 17 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Detroit and Minnesota are Tigers -155, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Tigers lead the season series, 5-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Twins currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 4-16, and the Tigers have a 6-8 record.
The Detroit batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Minnesota has a record of 1-14 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
It looks like the Tigers have a slight leg up on the Twins, as the Tigers have won their last three games while the Twins have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 7-5. The Tigers have a 14-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Minnesota has earned 138 this season. Detroit ranks 10th with 173 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Detroit is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 111 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 117.
The Tigers are 17-11 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Twins are 8-18 when they hit at least one homer.