In the second of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (17-21) and the Minnesota Twins (10-27) at Comerica Park, Mike Pelfrey (0-4, 5.80 ERA) and Phil Hughes (1-6, 6.44 ERA) take the mound. The Tigers won the last game 10-8, and Detroit leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and will air on FSDT and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Pelfrey pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking two in a 7-5 loss to the Orioles. Nick Castellanos (.348, 17 Rs, 8 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Twins were unsuccessful against the Orioles 9-2 the last time Hughes pitched. He went 4.0 innings, giving up five runs and striking out four. Eduardo Nunez (.333, 14 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds are Tigers -120 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.5.
The previous four games have all gone Detroit's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Tigers and Twins both hold losing records against teams in the AL Central. The Tigers sit at 5-8 in these matchups and the Twins have a 4-15 record.
Minnesota has won 27% (4-11) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Detroit has won 38% (6-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Twins managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Tigers who are heading in with a 9-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 7-5. The Tigers have a 13-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Minnesota sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 136 this season. Detroit ranks in the top half at 12th with 166.
Detroit and Minnesota both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Detroit sits at 20th with 111 this season and Minnesota ranks 16th with 114.
When the Tigers hit at least one home run, they are 16-11. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have an 8-17 record.