Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
The Twins are favored over the Tigers last night even though Minnesota is not playing well, has a struggling pitcher on the mound, and with last night’s loss was surpassed for first place in the AL Central.
Detroit Tigers (41-35) at Minnesota Twins (41-35)
Bovada has a moneyline for this game and has the Twins at -125 with the Tigers at +105 and a run total of 10.
The Twins are 3-7 in their last 10 games and in last night’s loss to the Tigers they now trail Detroit by ½ game in the AL Central after leading the division for most of the season. The Tigers have won two straight and are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
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This season the Twins are 23-14 at home and the Tigers are 16-23 on the road.
In Game 1 of this series last night the Tigers beat the Twins 7-5.
Detroit is in first place, but they still have some major issues, as it looks as if they have lost solid set up man Joel Zumaya for some time with an arm injury and slugger Magglio Ordonez did not play in last night’s game with a bad back, which will be examined today.
The Twins have the eighth best team ERA in the Majors, but in losing eight of their last 11 games their team ERA is 7.43.
Taking the hill for the Twins tonight is Nick Blackburn (6-6 6.10 ERA), who in his last start did not look good giving up five earned runs in only three innings in a loss. On the mound for the Tigers is Armando Galarraga (3-1 3.68 ERA), who in his last outing gave up four earned runs in six innings in a win.
Blackburn had a great month of May, but June has been far from kind to him going 0-4 with a 12.05 ERA. However, he is at home and playing the Tigers and that may change his fortunes since he is 4-0 at home this season and against the Tigers at Target field he is 3-0 with an ERA of only 1.44.
On the other side of the coin Tigers' starter Galarraga has pitched well in June going 2-0 with an ERA of 3.38 ERA. The Tigers have won all five of his starts this month. He has struggled against Minnesota going 0-3 with an ERA of 6.08 ERA in three career starts against the Twins.
Minnesota is 1-5 in their last six games against a right hand starter and have an Under record of 5-1 in their last six games.