Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins 9/16/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 9/15/2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Target Field in Minneapolis
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Right-hander Rick Porcello (15-11) will attempt to snap his current three-game losing streak when the Detroit Tigers face Ricky Nolasco (5-11) and the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
Rick Porcello pitched pretty well in his start against the Kansas City Royals last Thursday, but he took the loss after getting no run support. He gave up two runs in 6.2 innings that day while striking out seven batters and walking no one. On the season, Porcello now has a 3.23 ERA and he has only walked 34 batters in 189.2 innings.
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has five hits in 18 at-bats against Porcello in his career with two home runs and six RBI. Catcher Kurt Suzuki is just 4-for-18 against him with four walks and no strikeouts.
Ricky Nolasco had a good start last Thursday, but he was beaten by the Cleveland Indians after getting no run support from his offense. He went seven innings in that game and gave up one earned run on six base hits while striking out five batters and walking no one. Nolasco still has a very high 5.64 ERA after that win and he has given up 184 hits in 140.1 innings this year.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is 4-for-6 against Nolasco in his career with three doubles and two RBI. Slugger Miguel Cabrera has one hit in three at-bats against him with no walks and two strikeouts.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 78-65-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Detroit Tigers is 0.4
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
Minnesota Twins are 79-65-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Minnesota Twins is -0.5
Injuries to Watch
09/14/14 C Alex Avila Head left last game, questionable
09/02/14 P Drew VerHagen Back 60-day DL (7/15)
08/10/14 P Anibal Sanchez Pectoral 15-day DL (8/9)
06/25/14 P Luke Putkonen Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
05/02/14 P Joel Hanrahan Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
03/28/14 LF Andy Dirks Back 60-day DL (3/29)
03/28/14 P Bruce Rondon Elbow 60-day DL (3/29), out for season
03/27/14 SS Jose Iglesias Stress Fracture 60-day DL (3/29); out for season
08/25/14 P Yohan Pino Elbow out indefinitely
05/03/14 P Mike Pelfrey Groin 60-day DL (5/1)
Guy's Pick: Take Detroit
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