Friday, April 21, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Hector Santiago
Target Field is the site of the matchup between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins on Friday, April 21, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Justin Verlander for the Tigers and Hector Santiago for the Twins.
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Detroit opens at -120 while Minnesota opens at +100. The Tigers have a 8-6-0 over/under record and a 6-8-0 run line mark. The Twins are 8-6-0 against the run line and have a 3-9-2 over/under record.
Valuable Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 8-6-0 against the over/under
The Detroit Tigers are 6-8-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 3-9-2 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 8-6-0 against the run line
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
04/20/17 SS Jose Iglesias Head injured last game, "?" Thursday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
04/19/17 LF Justin Upton Forearm expected to miss Thursday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
04/01/17 RF J.D. Martinez Foot 10-day DL (3/30)
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
04/03/17 P Ryan O'Rourke Elbow 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 SS Ehire Adrianza Oblique 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/2)
03/11/17 P Trevor May Arm 60-day DL
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Tigers have a 8-6 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 5.71 and a WHIP of 1.44. He has 18 strikeouts over his 17.1 innings pitched and he's given up 20 hits. He allows 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.95. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.57 and they have given up 54 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .298 against the bullpen and they've struck out 45 hitters and walked 27 batters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.14. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 127 base hits and 70 earned runs. They have allowed 14 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 59 batters and struck out 107. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.52 and their FIP as a unit is 4.26.
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As a team Detroit is hitting .230, good for 20th in the league. The Tigers hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.3 hits per game. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .245 with an on-base percentage of .362. He has 12 hits this season in 49 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .469 and an OPS+ of 138. Ian Kinsler is hitting .209 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .393. He has totaled 9 hits and he has driven in 5 men in 43 at bats. His OPS+ is 122 while his slugging percentage is at .372. The Tigers have 102 hits, including 22 doubles and 18 home runs. Detroit has walked 53 times so far this season and they have struck out 121 times as a unit. They have left 79 men on base and have a team OPS of .737. They score 4.43 runs per contest and have scored a total of 62 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 7-7 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 1.47, Hector Santiago has a 1-1 record and a 0.87 WHIP. He has 11 strikeouts over the 18.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 13 hits. He allows 6.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.64 and they have given up 35 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 43 batters and walked 13 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.8 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.98. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 95 base knocks and 41 earned runs this season. They have given up 14 home runs this year, which ranks 20th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 34 hitters and struck out 93 batters. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.04 while their FIP as a staff is 3.96.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 15th in the league. The Twins hold a .373 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Jason Castro comes into this matchup batting .257 with an OBP of .409. He has 9 hits this year along with 7 RBI in 35 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .371 with an OPS+ of 127. Miguel Sano is hitting .245 this season and he has an OBP of .393. He has collected 12 hits in 49 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 183 and a slugging percentage of .612. The Twins as a unit have 112 base hits, including 25 doubles and 11 homers. Minnesota has walked 62 times this year and they have struck out on 113 occasions. They have had 108 men left on base and have an OPS of .704. They have scored 4.14 runs per game and totaled 58 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers -120
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