Minnesota Twins (80-74 SU, 82-72 RL, 69-75-10 O/U) vs. Detroit Tigers (62-92 SU, 70-84 RL, 83-64-7 O/U)
MLB: Sunday, September 24, 2017, Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan, 12:10 pm ET
Lines: Minnesota -155, Detroit +145; Over/Under: 10
It’s the conclusion of an extended series between a pair of AL Central foes to kick off the weekend in the Motor City. The Minnesota Twins are on the road for the final game of a four game set against the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon. Minnesota rolled to an easy 12-1 win in the opening game of the series Thursday night and followed that up with a 7-3 victory Friday night. The pitching matchup for Saturday’s third game of the series saw Ervin Santana go for the Twins against the Tigers’ Matt Boyd. First pitch in the contest was scheduled for 6:10 pm ET.
Minnesota Twins Try to Tighten Grip on Playoff Spot
Minnesota won their second straight in this series to maintain their edge in the race for the second wild card spot in the American League. The Twins entered Saturday with a 3.5 game lead over both the Angels and Rangers for that spot with just over a week to go in the regular season. Byron Buxton (two runs, two RBI) had three hits to lead Minnesota while Brian Dozier (two runs, RBI) and Max Kepler (run, two RBI) each added a pair. Kyle Gibson (12-10) continued his second half surge as he threw seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts to earn the victory.
Jose Berrios takes the ball to make his 25th start of the year for the Twins in this contest. He is 12-8 with a 3.94 ERA, a 1.151 WHIP, 46 walks and 132 strikeouts over 139.1 innings of work so far this year. Berrios took the loss in his last start, which came on the road against the Yankees on Tuesday. He allowed three runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings in a 5-2 Twins defeat. Berrios is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA, a 1.75 WHIP, 10 walks and 10 strikeouts over 16 innings in his last three starts. He is 0-1 with an 18.00 ERA and a 2.889 WHIP over nine innings in his three career starts against the Tigers. Berrios has no record with a 29.25 ERA and a 3.75 WHIP over four innings in two career starts at Comerica Park in his career.
Detroit Tigers Ready to Rebuild
Detroit traded away several veterans during the season and is surely headed for a rebuilding job. Who will manage the team is up in the air as the organization announced Friday that manager Brad Ausmus would not be back in 2018. As for Friday, the loss was Detroit’s fifth straight and dropped them in the basement of the AL Central. Ian Kinsler (run, two RBI) and Jeimer Candelario each had two hits for the Tigers in the loss. Kinsler (his 21st) and Nick Castellanos (his 25th) each homered in the loss. Daniel Norris (4-8) took the defeat on the mound: he allowed five runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts over 4.2 innings of work.
Buck Farmer makes his 10th start of the season for the Tigers trying to potentially earn a spot in the rotation next year. He is 4-4 with a 7.11 ERA, a 1.474 WHIP, 13 walks and 41 strikeouts over 38 innings of action so far. Farmer took the loss his last time out, which came against the A’s at home Monday. He threw 2.2 frames, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits with no walks and three strikeouts in an 8-3 Detroit loss. Farmer is 1-2 with a 6.94 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP, five walks and 13 strikeouts over 11.2 innings in his last three starts. He makes his sixth career appearance and second start against the Twins here: he is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.909 WHIP over 11 innings of work. Farmer is 1-4 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.586 WHIP over 46.2 innings in 17 career appearances, seven starts, at Comerica Park.
- Twins are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record
- Twins are 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games
- Tigers are 1-8 in their last 9 during game 4 of a series
- Tigers are 0-6 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
The Tigers are a disaster right now, which is how they fell into the basement in the AL Central, below even the rebuilding White Sox. Ausmus is a lame duck manager for the last week plus of the season and it will be interesting to see who takes over the reins next season, not to mention what personnel is left. The Twins are closing in on a playoff berth, which is an impressive feat for a team that had lost at least 92 games in five of the last six seasons, including 103 last year. Minnesota takes advantage of a weak Detroit team to put another win on the board here.