Jordan Zimmermann (5-2, 1.50 ERA) and Jose Berrios (1-1, 6.28 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers (16-21) and the Minnesota Twins (10-26) at Comerica Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 16 and can be seen on FSDT and FSN.
Zimmermann pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking three in a 3-2 defeat to the Nationals. Nick Castellanos (.344, 15 Rs, 7 HRs, 28 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Berrios went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-3 defeat to the Orioles in his most recent start. Byung Ho Park (.257, 17 Rs, 9 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Twins, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
The odds for Detroit and Minnesota are Tigers -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Tigers have the edge in the season series, 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - DET
The Tigers and Twins both hold losing records against teams in the AL Central. The Tigers sit at 4-8 in these matchups and the Twins have a 4-14 record.
The Tigers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 3-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 3-20. The Tigers have a 4-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, Minnesota has hit 34 this season. Detroit ranks 12th with 43 home runs.
Ranking 21st, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 8.11 per game. Detroit ranks in the top 10 with 8.78.
Ranking 25th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.687). Detroit ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .727.
The Twins are 7-19 when they allow at least one home run. The Tigers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 9-16 record.