Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Daniel Norris (2-2) vs. Ervin Santana (5-4)
The Detroit Tigers head to Target Field on Wednesday to take on the Minnesota Twins. Daniel Norris is the probable starter for the Tigers and he'll face Ervin Santana of the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +145 and Minnesota at -155. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Tigers, with a 65-78 run line record, cover the spread 46% of the time. They also have a 77-60 over/under record. The Twins have a 65-67 over/under record and a 86-57 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 60% of the time.
The Tigers head into this matchup with a 65-78 record, including 32-40 on the road. Starting pitcher Daniel Norris holds a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 4.43 and a WHIP of 1.41. In his starts, the Tigers are 5-4 over his 44.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 46 hits during those innings. The Tigers are also 3-5 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 5.2 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 474 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 4.63. The bullpen has struck out 353 and walked 175 batters this season while opposing teams hit .275 against them. Detroit has a team average of 9.5 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.92 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.78, they are 28th in the league.
Detroit is batting .271 as a team, which is good for 2nd in the league and hitting .267 away from home. The Tigers on-base percentage sits at .328, which puts them at 3rd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .425. With 169 hits, Ian Kinsler leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.45.
With a 43-26 home record, Minnesota will hope to improve on their 75-68 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.72, Ervin Santana will come into this game holding a 5-4 record and a 1.39 WHIP. In his starts, the Twins are 7-6 and he has allowed 85 hits over 80 innings pitched this season. The Twins are also 6-6 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.8 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 429 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 4.00. The Twins bullpen has struck out 330 batters and walked 141 this season while opposing teams have hit .251 against them. Minnesota has a team average of 9.46 hits per game and are averaging 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.10, they are 21st in the league.
They are batting .249 as a team, which is good for 23rd in the league and hitting .268 at home. The Twins on-base percentage sits at .305, which puts them at 27th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .401. With 139 hits, Joe Mauer leads the team while his team ranks 26th in hits per game with 8.38.
In terms of team defense, the Tigers have a fielding percentage of .986 with 72 total errors, 1,415 assists and 3,838 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Twins have accumulated 74 errors while having 1,439 assists and 3,804 put outs leading to a .986 fielding percentage.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 77-60 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 65-78 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 65-67 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 86-57 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/15/15 P Daniel Norris Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20); expected to start Wednesday vs. Minnesota Twins
09/10/15 P Buck Farmer Forearm "?" for next scheduled start
09/04/15 SS Jose Iglesias Finger out indefinitely
08/20/15 P Anibal Sanchez Rotator Cuff Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
09/03/15 P Glen Perkins Back out indefinitely
08/13/15 P Phil Hughes Back expected to start Tuesday vs. Detroit Tigers
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
Tony's Pick: Take the Tigers
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