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Detroit Tigers at New York Mets

The Tigers are away favorites tonight against the New York Mets and even though they are six games under .500 on the road this season they have their ace on the mound.

Detroit Tigers (39-30) at New York Mets (38-30)

Bovada has the Tigers as the slight favorites in this match posted at -130 with the Mets at +110 and a run total of 7.5 runs.

The Mets have now lost two in a row after a long winning streak and they currently trail the red-hot Atlanta Braves by 2.5 games in the NL East. The Tigers are quietly creeping up on the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central, as they are coming off a win and are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

In their last games both on Sunday the Tigers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 while the cross-town New York Yankees 4-0 blanked the Mets.

This season the Mets are 24-10 at home and the Tigers are 13-19 on the road.

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The Tigers will show what they are made of in their nine-game road trip which begins tonight against the Mets, who have the second best home record in the Majors, the Braves, who have the best home record in the Majors, and the AL Central leading Twins.

Taking the mound tonight for the Mets is Jonathon Niese (4-2 3.64 ERA), who was solid in his last outing giving up three runs in seven innings in a win. Ace Justin Verlander (8-4 3.54 ERA) is on the hill for the Tigers and he also had a good last start going eight innings and giving up three earned runs in a win.

Verlander is 3-0 in June with an ERA of 2.56 while Niese is also hot winning three consecutive starts with a 1.57 ERA. In his last five home starts Neise is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA and the Mets have won all five games.

Detroit is 4-1 in Verlander’s last five road starts and New York is 4-1 in Niese’s last five starts.

Even though Detroit is the away favorite tonight they have struggled on the road this season and have lost eight of their last 11 games on the road and in that span their staff has posted an ERA of 6.08.

The Mets’ pitching has been solid this season with their staff posting the seventh best team ERA and they will have to pitch well since their offense has been mediocre at best ranking 18th in batting average and 15th in RBI’s.

Detroit is 8-1 in their last nine games and 4-9 in their last 13 road games against a left-handed starter.

New York is 9-2 in their last 11 inter-league games and 5-1 in their last six home games against a right-handed starter.

In Game 2 of this series tomorrow, which can be seen on ESPN, Jeremy Bonderman (3-4 4.06 ERA) is slated to start for the Tigers and R.A. Dickey (5-0 2.82) is scheduled to start for the Mets. In the series finale on Thursday Armando Galarraga (2-1 3.32 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Tigers and Hisanori Takahashi (3.13 ERA) is scheduled to make a spot start for the Mets out of the bullpen.