Detroit has put together a strong second half under manager AJ Hinch. The Tigers have battled down the stretch to improve to third place in the AL Central standings with a 68-76 overall record. Meanwhile, Milwaukee holds a commanding 14.5 game lead in the National League Central race with an 89-55 overall mark.
Can the Tigers close out this series with a win at home against the Brewers on Wednesday night?
Woodruff searching for bounce-back effort in DetroitRight-hander Brandon Woodruff will toe the rubber for the Brewers in the final game of their interleague clash in Detroit on Wednesday. The 28-year-old is 9-8 with a 2.48 ERA in 27 starts this season but he’s coming off of a rough outing in his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies. Woodruff surrendered four runs, including three home runs in six innings of work to take the loss in an eventual 12-0 defeat. The Brewers right-hander has been comfortable making afternoon starts this season, going 3-2 with a 1.87 ERA on 10 such occasions so far this season.
First inning filth from Brandon Woodruff. pic.twitter.com/flKwx4lF5W— MLB (@MLB) July 25, 2021
The Brewers’ right-hander has posted strong peripherals in his fifth MLB season. He has struck out a healthy 10.52 batters per nine innings of work while generating a swinging-strike rate of 12.8 percent, the second-highest rate of his career. Woodruff has also routinely stayed ahead of opposing hitters by throwing 65.9 percent of his first pitches for strikes. That has also helped him walk just 2.26 batters per nine so far this year.
Woodruff has never started a game against Detroit. However, he tossed a scoreless appearance against them out of the bullpen in his lone career appearance versus the Tigers.
Manning hoping to build off start vs. PiratesThe Tigers will counter with right-handed rookie Matt Manning, who is getting an extended look in the starting rotation after flashing some encouraging signing over the last month. The 23-year-old will need to find a way to pitch deeper into games for Detroit after completing fewer than five innings in three of his last four starts. Manning bounced back from the worst outing of his career with three innings of one-run ball in his last appearance versus the Pittsburgh Pirates. He comes in with a 3-6 overall record to go along with a 6.14 ERA in 14 starts but has pitched better than his overall numbers might suggest.
While it hasn’t always been pretty, the Tigers’ rookie has surrendered two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last 10 starts. He has struck out 5.32 batters and walked just 2.86 batters per nine innings of work this season. Manning has also been hurt by some bad luck, including a .325 BABIP and 61.4 percent strand rate.
This will be Manning’s first career start against the Brewers.
- Tigers are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Tigers are 16-5 in their last 21 Wednesday games.
- Tigers are 6-2 in their last 8 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
At this price, it’s hard to ignore the Tigers at home here. Detroit has been solid during interleague play over the years and that trend has a good chance of continuing here. Milwaukee will have the supposed advantage on the mound with Woodruff taking the hill at Comerica Park but Manning has held his own during the second half. The Tigers rookie has given up two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last 10 starts and should give Detroit a fighting chance to win this one at home. Take the Tigers to come out on top at Comerica Park on Wednesday evening.
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams are projected for nine runs but that number might be hard to reach, especially while these two starters are in the game. Manning’s peripherals aren’t anything to write home about but he’s flashed an ability to avoid free passes as a rookie and he’s suffered some bad luck so far this year. Meanwhile, Woodruff owns a sub-2.00 ERA in 10-afternoon starts and he’s been solid on the road as well. Look for this game to stay under the projected total on Wednesday.