Minnesota Twins (57-56 SU, 56-57 RL, 48-56-9 O/U) vs Detroit Tigers (52-62 SU, 56-58 RL, 60-48-6 O/U)
When: 6:10 PM EDT, Saturday, August 12, 2017
Where: Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan
Lines: Detroit -110/ Minnesota +100
Major League Baseball action within the American League Central as the Minnesota Twins take on the Detroit Tigers in game two of their three-game series from Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Pitching Probables: Taking the hill for the Twins in this one will be Jose Berrios(10-5, 3.86 ERA), while the Tigers will be sending out Jordan Zimmermann (7-9, 5.27 ERA).
Twins Complete Sweep Of Brewers
The Minnesota Twins continue their surprising season and a push for a playoff spot as they came into this series on Friday night off a four-game home-and-home sweep over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Twins have now won their last five games in a row and five of their last six and have climbed to just 3.5 games out of first in the American League Central and just a half a game out of the 2nd wildcard slot in the AL. The Twins now have 57 wins on the year with 49 games to go and remember folks that they had just 59 wins all of last year. The pitching for the Twins has not been their for most of the year, but they did hold the Brewers to just eight total runs in the four-game set. Minnesota is already 30-23 on the road, after going just 29-52 on the road last year. Getting the nod for the Twins in this one will be Jose Berrios and he has gone 10-5 with a 3.87 ERA in 16 starts on the year, including 1-2 with a 5.62 ERA in his last three starts and 4-4 with a 4.38 ERA in nine starts out on the road. Berrios has gone 2-4 with a 7.15 ERA in seven career starts in August and he is 0-1 with a 19.06 ERA in two starts against the Tigers. He made one start here (last year) and allowed seven ERs on three hits and four walks in just two-thirds of an inning. He got a no-decision in the game and the Tigers won 10-8.
The Twins have been a below average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 18th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.58 rpg, while also ranking 18th in hitting at .251 and 23rd in homers with 125. On the mound they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 25th in the league in ERA at 4.69, while also ranking 25th in WHIP at 1.41.
VerHagen Struggles In Loss To The Pirates
The Detroit Tigers are desperately trying to hang in the race for a wildcard slot, but they are really struggling as they came into this series on Friday night having lost five of their last six games after falling 7-5 to Pittsburgh here at home by a score of 7-5. The Tigers are now 10 games under .500 for the year and six games out of an American League Wildcard slot. They just don’t have the look of a team that can make a run and the reason for that has been their pitching, which is among the worst in the league. Drew VerHagen has been with the team for four years and had just one start for them prior to this year as most of his work has come in the pen. He got the nod against the Pirates on Thursday, for his 2nd start of the year, and it wasn’t a good one as he allowed six ERs on nine hits in just 3.2 innings of work in the 7-5 loss. He is now 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA in four games (two starts) on the year. Toeing the rubber for the Tigers in this one will be Jordan Zimmermann and he has gone 7-9 with a 5.27 ERA in 22 starts on the year, including 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last three starts and 5-3 with a 4.64 ERA in nine starts here at home. Zimmermann has gone 14-10 with a 3.65 ERA in 33 career starts in August and he is 10-8 with a 5.82 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) in this park, while against the Twins he has gone 3-2 with a 5.52 ERA in five starts.
The Tigers have been a good offensive team so far as they come in ranked 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 4.80 rpg, while also ranking 11th in hitting at .258 and 20th in homers with 132. On the mound they have been poor so far this year as they come in ranked 28th in the league in ERA at 4.91, while also ranking 26th in WHIP at 1.42.
- 2-5 in their last seven road games vs. a team with a losing record
- 7-21 their last 28 meetings with the Tigers
- 26-11 in their last 37 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- 4-1 in their last five vs. a team with a winning record
The Twins are a hot team, while the Tigers are heading the other way, but the Twins are just 7-21 in their last 28 games in this series. The Tigers have lost five of their last six games, but I look for them to get back on track in this one against Jose Berrios, who is struggling at the moment with a 5.62 ERA in his last three starts and he has a 19.06 ERA in two career starts against the Tigers. Jordan Zimmermann had really struggled earlier in the year, especially at home, but he is pitching much better as he has a 2.57 ERA over his last three starts and despite a 4.64 ERA at home, he is 5-3 in those games. The Twins are hot, but have not played well in this series over the last few years and I look for that to continue here.