Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers Game 1 Betting Preview
Minnesota has been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball this season as they are buried in the AL Central standings. The Twins have gone just 39-50 on the year, and they are eight games under the .500 mark on the road.
Detroit brings a 40-51 record into this game, but they have actually been better than expected. The Tigers are not going to become a playoff threat, but they have some young talent that should continue to get better.
The Minnesota Twins are the betting favorite in this matchup with the Detroit Tigers.
Minnesota Can Mash
The Minnesota Twins clearly have some issues on this roster, but this team is able to play long ball with the best of them. Minnesota has scored 421 runs on the year, which puts them just outside of the top-10 in baseball.
Nelson Cruz has hit 18 home runs and driven in 46 runs for the Twins so far this season. The Twins won their last four games before the All-Star Break, and several members of the lineup are starting to get hot.
The Twins will be sending Charlie Barnes to the mound for Game 1 on Saturday, and they could use a solid start. Minnesota has a team ERA that is approaching 5.00, and getting outs has been a challenge for this team all season long.
Urena Starting For Tigers
Jose Urena is slated to start on Saturday afternoon, and he has gone just 2-8 with a 6.43 ERA so far this season. The Tigers do have some solid starters in their rotation, but the former Miami Marlins ace has not been one of them.
Detroit got swept by the Twins in a four-game series before the break, and that was despite the offense putting up some runs. The Tigers are below league average in most offensive categories, but there are some solid hitters in this lineup.
Jonathan Schoop leads Detroit with a .277 batting average to go along with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs. Schoop is going to need some help if the Tigers are going to win this game.
Tigers Take Game 1
While this series looked like a mismatch at the beginning of the season, it's fairly even now. Minnesota got off to such a poor start to the season, and even with improved play of late find themselves 14.5 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central. That's the same position the Tigers are in.
Sending Jose Urena to the mound hasn’t gone well for the Tigers, but he could catch a break facing Barnes in his major league debut. Detroit's offense should be able to score enough runs to keep them in the game this afternoon.
The Twins struggles have extended to the road where they were just 17-25 in the first half. Despte a losing record overall, the Tigers have played close to .500 at home (21-22) and have been even better against the run line (24-19). We'll take the home team to prevail in this one. Take Detroit (+110) to win Game 1 of the makeup DH.
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