Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
When and Were: Sunday, June 9, Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich., 1:10 p.m. EDT.
Currently one of the hottest pitchers in the majors, Jake Odorizzi goes after his ninth straight win Sunday when the Minnesota Twins wrap up their three-game series with the Detroit Tigers.
Odorizzi still far from Santana’s single-season club record of 13 straight wins
Odorizzi (8-2, 1.96 ERA), who is also trying to become the fifth nine-game winner in the majors, has not lost since April 10 as part of an 0-2 beginning to the season over his first three outings.
Both and he and Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito are riding eight-game winning streaks after the latter defeated Kansas City on Saturday.
Since that loss to the New York Mets, the right-hander has gone 8-0 with a 1.02 ERA in his last nine starts, limiting opponents to a .195 batting average while accumulating 55 strikeouts in 53 innings. Odorizzi has also allowed just 6.28 hits per nine innings in this stretch, including a mere seven extra-base hits.
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Odorizzi also carries a shutout streak of 16 1-3 innings into this contest as he seeks a third consecutive winning start. He scattered three hits and a walk over six innings of Minnesota’s 9-7 win over Tampa Bay last Sunday and matched a season high with nine strikeouts against his old team.
“His velo is up. His fastball really, really plays up. He’s got a knack to pitch right at the top of the zone. You could tell from the side that he had a lot of zip with the pitches,” Rays manager Kevin Cash noted to MLB.com after watching his former pitcher. “I know he threw a couple of breaking balls and a couple of changeups in there, but he wasn’t going to get off the fastball until we made him, and we didn’t do that.”
The righty has been tougher on the road than at home during his win streak, going 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA in four starts, and has a 17-inning shutout streak outside Target Field heading into this contest. He is chasing Johan Santana’s club record of 13 straight wins established in 2004 when the Twins won the division.
In a first half of quality starts, his one against Detroit on May 10 may have been the best of the bunch. Odorizzi allowed a first-inning double and retired the final 20 batters he faced in Minnesota’s 6-0 victory. He improved to 4-1 with a 3.24 ERA in nine career starts versus the Tigers and has not lost to them since his first matchup in 2014.
Tigers rookie Christin Stewart has found some success versus Odorizzi, going 3 for 7 with a triple and a double.
Carpenter trying to build on first win of season for Tigers
Like Odorizzi, Ryan Carpenter (1-2, 6.23 ERA) is coming off a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in his last start. The left-hander shook off a third-inning homer to allow two runs over a career-best seven innings in outpitching reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell in a 9-6 Tigers victory Tuesday.
— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) June 5, 2019
Carpenter has strung together three good outings after getting shellacked for 14 runs and 16 hits over nine innings in losing his first two starts after being called up. The southpaw has allowed six runs over 17 innings in his last three appearances.
His other career win came at Target Field against the Twins last year, giving up three solo homers and eight hits overall in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-5 victory Aug. 18.
The Twins are:
- 9-0 in Odorizzi’s last nine starts.
- 4-0 in Odorizzi’s last four starts during game 3 of a series.
- 4-1 in Odorizzi’s last five starts vs. AL Central teams.
The Tigers are:
- 1-8 in their last nine during game 3 of a series.
- 2-5 in Carpenter’s last seven home starts.
- 13-38 in their last 51 games vs. starters with a sub-1.15 WHIP.