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Twins Have Been Awful In Early Outings

The Minnesota Twins take on the Detroit Tigers in matinee action Thursday, but Minny probably wishes they didn’t. The Twins have lost nine consecutive afternoon games while the Tigers are 7-3 in their past 10 in that spot.

  • Brian Dozier is hitting .377 with 11 home runs during his current 18-game hitting streak.
  • The Tigers are 6-1 in Mike Pelfrey’s past 7 starts at home.
  • The OVER is 11-2 in the Twins’ past 13 afternoon games.

It looked like the Twins wasted their time by trading for Hector Santiago, but the lefty has started to round into solid form. Santiago had a 10.89 ERA while allowing opponents to bat .372 in his first four starts with Minny, but he has since posted a 1.86 ERA while holding batters to just .179 in his past three.

Mike Pelfrey will be making his first appearance in the bigs since July 31 when back issues sent him to the bullpen – and eventually the DL. Pelfrey has struggled against the Twins this season, as he has a 6.75 ERA in two starts against Minny.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Minnesota Twins were 132 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 9.5 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.6-3.6 win for the Tigers on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Detroit (78-67) will face the 54-92 Twins in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Detroit vs Minnesota injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 11 (Detroit Tigers) and the No. 30 (Minnesota Twins) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Detroit Tigers No. 14-ranked scoring average of 4.57 runs per game, against a Minnesota Twins offense rated No. 12 and scoring 4.62 runs per game. The Tigers have averaged 9.14 hits per game to date this season, more than the Twins hitters have managed (8.91 per nine innings).

Defensively, Minnesota features the No. 29-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.34 runs per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 at home, scoring 4.6 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Minnesota didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 9-6 to Detroit on Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Minnesota's last 22 games
  • Minnesota is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Minnesota's last 24 games on the road
  • Detroit is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Detroit is 6-18 ATS in its last 24 games at home
  • Detroit is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at New York, Friday, September 16th
Detroit at Cleveland, Friday, September 16th