Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ervin Santana vs. Justin Verlander
The Minnesota Twins head to Comerica Park on Wednesday to take on the Detroit Tigers. The probable pitchers are Ervin Santana for the Twins and Justin Verlander for the Tigers. The opening line for this game has Minnesota at +174 and Detroit at -184. The over/under is 8.5. The Twins have a 54-32-6 over/under mark and a 46-46-0 run line record, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Tigers are 52-41-0 against the run line and have a 50-39-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
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The Twins head into this game with a 33-59 record, and they are 13-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Ervin Santana has a 3-8 record with an ERA of 4.12 and a WHIP of 1.30. He has 73 strikeouts during his 98.1 innings pitched and he has given up 100 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.98. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.40 and they have allowed 328 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the pen while they've been struck out 301 times and walked 100 times this year. As a unit, Minnesota has given up 10 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.47 hitters per nine. They are 28th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.91. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 906 base hits and 445 earned runs. They have allowed 124 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 252 batters and struck out 677. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.47.
As a team, Minnesota is hitting .250, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .242 average on the road. The Twins have a .413 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .316 which is good for 21st in the league. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.59 hits per contest. Eduardo Nunez comes into this game hitting .309 and his on-base percentage is at .335. He has 103 hits this season along with 47 runs scored and 40 runs batted in. He's struck out 46 times and has walked 12 times. Joe Mauer is hitting .265 and he has an on-base percentage of .369. He has totaled 85 hits so far while scoring 44 runs and he's driven in 28. He has walked 53 times and has struck out 60 times. The Twins have 790 hits, including 160 doubles and 107 home runs. They've stolen 60 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. Minnesota has walked 292 times this season and they've struck out 777 times as a unit. They've left 644 men on base and have a team OPS of .730. They score 4.38 runs per contest and have scored a total of 403 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this game with a 26-17 home mark and a 49-44 overall record. With an ERA of 3.91, Justin Verlander has a 9-6 record and a 1.12 WHIP. He has 130 strikeouts over the 124.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 104 hits. He has allowed 7.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.73. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.41 and they have given up 307 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .269 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 248 times and walking 98 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.33 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.43 batters per nine. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.49. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 855 base knocks and 412 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 95 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 280 hitters and struck out 681. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.12.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .277 average at home. The Tigers hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.18 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this matchup batting .293 and he has an OBP of .349. He has 109 hits this year along with 75 runs scored and 55 RBI. He's struck out 71 times and has walked on 26 occasions. Nick Castellanos is hitting .301 and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 103 hits so far while he's scored 47 runs and drove in 51. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 88 times. The Tigers as a unit have 854 base hits, including 145 doubles and 120 homers. They have 39 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 16 times. Detroit as a team has walked 276 times this year and they have struck out 778 times. They've had 626 men left on base and have an OPS of .763. They score 4.72 runs per game and have totaled 439 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 54-32-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 46-46-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 50-39-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 52-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/04/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Ribs 15-day DL (7/1)
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
07/06/16 P Daniel Norris Oblique 15-day DL (7/5)
07/04/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Neck 15-day DL (6/01)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23)
06/17/16 RF J.D. Martinez Elbow 15-day DL (6/17)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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