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Justin Verlander, Michael Pelfrey take mound in Twins vs Tigers tilt

Detroit Tigers

Minnesota Twins
91-65 September 23, 2013, 08:10 PM | Target Field 65-90

Target Field hosts an MLB battle between the Minnesota Twins and the visiting Detroit Tigers on Monday.

Justin Verlander, with a record of 13-12 on the season, gets the ball for the Tigers, while the Twins trot Michael Pelfrey to the mound in this one. He is 5-13 so far in 2013.

View Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 30 (Twins) and the No. 10 (Tigers) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

In their last action, Detroit was a 6-3 loser at home against the White Sox. Bettors on Chicago at +223 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Detroit suffered a 6-3 loss against Chicago on Sunday, as Anibal Sanchez wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Comerica Park.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 11-7 loser as they battled the Athletics on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at -257 were rewarded, while the 18 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Minnesota didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 11-7 to Oakland on Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Minnesota has baseball's No. 25-rated offensive output, at 8.29 hits per game. The Tigers average 10.13 hits per game, good for No. 1 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Detroit owns the No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 3.75 runs per game on the highway. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 21 in scoring at home.

A few Tigers at Twins trends to consider:
Detroit is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Detroit's last 23 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Minnesota's last 23 games when playing Detroit

Next up:
Detroit at Minnesota, Tuesday, September 24th