Mike Pelfrey (0-4, 6.23 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers (15-18) are in Baltimore to meet Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3, 4.54 ERA) and the Orioles (20-12) in a game that could be high scoring. This is the first of a four-game series at Camden Yards. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 12 and will air on MASN and FSDT.
In his last start, Jimenez pitched 8.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-2 victory over the Athletics. Mark Trumbo (.323, 19 Rs, 11 HRs, 27 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. The Tigers were unsuccessful against the Rangers 10-5 the last time Pelfrey pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing five runs and striking out three. Victor Martinez (.348, 17 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs) has been doing well, going 3 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Orioles -170 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
In their last game, the Tigers lost by a margin of one run. The Orioles are 4-2 in one-run games. The Tigers have a 4-5 record in close games.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Tigers have a 6-12 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Tigers are 4-12. The Orioles have a 5-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Baltimore has hit 49 this season. Detroit ranks 13th with 38 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Detroit is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.73 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 9.25.
Ranking 18th, Detroit is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.719). Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .803.
When the Tigers allow at least one home run, they are 8-14. When the Orioles allow one or more homers, they have a 13-6 record.