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Minnesota TwinsDetroit Tigers
Aug 17, 7:05 PM | GrassComerica Park

Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers Odds

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The Detroit Tigers battle the visiting Minnesota Twins on Wednesday in MLB betting action at Comerica Park.

The Tigers will rely on Brad Penny to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Carl Pavano will be his counterpart for the Twins. Brad Penny is 8-9 this season, and Carl Pavano is 6-9.

View Minnesota vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Twins listed as underdogs of +-145 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 9.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 10-ranked Tigers and the American League No. 13-rated Twins in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 5 ranked American League offense (4.5 runs per game) against a Twins defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 in the American League at 4.8 runs allowed per game. The Tigers have been averaging 9.2 hits per game, more than the Twins have managed so far this season (8.5 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Minnesota owns the American League's No. 12-rated road mark, allowing 4.8 runs per game on the highway. Detroit, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 7-1 result against the Tigers on August 16. Bettors who backed the Tigers at -280 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Twins endured a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Tuesday, with Nick Blackburn throwing 4 2/3 innings of 11-hit ball at Comerica Park.

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing NY Yankees are 2-8
After playing Detroit are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 2-8
After playing Minnesota are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Twins at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Minnesota's last 15 games when playing Detroit
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
Detroit is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Detroit is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games when playing Minnesota
Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota home to NY Yankees, Thursday, August 18
Detroit home to Cleveland, Friday, August 19