Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins 8/16/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Get todays MLB odds and lines on this game.
Probable Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs. Ervin Santana
The Detroit Tigers head to Target Field on Thursday, August 16, 2018 to take on the Minnesota Twins. The expected starting pitchers are Francisco Liriano for the Tigers and Ervin Santana for the Twins.
The odds for this matchup have Detroit at +149 and Minnesota at -159. The Tigers have a 46-69-5 over/under mark and a 60-60-0 run line record. The Twins are 64-54-0 against the run line and have a 55-60-3 over/under record.
Valuable Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 46-69-5 against the over/under
The Detroit Tigers are 60-60-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 55-60-3 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 64-54-0 against the run line
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
08/14/18 SS Jose Iglesias Thumb left last game, is "?" Wednesday vs Chicago White Sox
08/13/18 CF JaCoby Jones Hamstring 10-day DL (08/13)
08/09/18 1B John Hicks Groin 10-day DL (08/07)
07/20/18 P Michael Fulmer Oblique 10-day DL (07/20)
06/14/18 1B Miguel Cabrera Biceps is out for season
05/31/18 P Ryan Carpenter Oblique 10-day DL (05/31)
04/30/18 P Daniel Norris Groin 60-day DL (04/30)
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
08/12/18 1B Logan Morrison Hip 7-day DL (08/11)
08/11/18 P Adalberto Mejia Wrist 10-day DL (08/10)
08/08/18 P Matt Belisle Knee 10-day DL (08/08)
08/07/18 LF Robbie Grossman Hamstring 10-day DL (08/06)
07/14/18 P Aaron Slegers Shoulder 10-day DL (07/11)
06/10/18 C Jason Castro Knee is out for season
03/26/18 P Michael Pineda Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Trevor May Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Tigers have a 50-70 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has a 3-7 record with an earned run average of 4.42 and a WHIP of 1.45 this year. He has 76 strikeouts over his 95.2 innings pitched and he's given up 84 hits. He allows 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.32. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.42 and they have given up 420 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the bullpen and they've struck out 371 hitters and walked 158 batters. As a team, Detroit allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.5 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.38. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 1,044 base hits and 516 earned runs. They have allowed 147 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 366 batters and struck out 886. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.44.
As a team Detroit is hitting .240, good for 22nd in the league. The Tigers hold a .375 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .297, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Jose Iglesias is hitting .264 with an on-base percentage of .307. He has 105 hits this season in 397 at bats with 47 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .390 and an OPS+ of 88. Nick Castellanos is hitting .288 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .337. He has totaled 133 hits and he has driven in 64 men in 462 at bats. His OPS+ is 120 while his slugging percentage is at .487. The Tigers have 977 hits, including 218 doubles and 94 home runs. Detroit has walked 305 times so far this season and they have struck out 975 times as a unit. They have left 786 men on base and have a team OPS of .673. They score 3.8 runs per contest and have scored a total of 456 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 55-63 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.53, Ervin Santana has a 0-1 record and a 1.45 WHIP this season. He has 14 strikeouts over the 20.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 24 hits. He allows 10.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.74. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.63 and they have given up 444 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 435 batters and walked 143 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.44. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,054 base knocks and 522 earned runs this season. They have given up 143 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 400 hitters and struck out 1,033 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.27.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Eddie Rosario comes into this matchup batting .295 with an OBP of .337. He has 139 hits this year along with 67 RBI in 471 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .495 with an OPS+ of 123. Max Kepler is hitting .234 this season and he has an OBP of .323. He has collected 93 hits in 397 at bats while driving in 44 runs. He has an OPS+ of 101 and a slugging percentage of .423. The Twins as a unit have 986 base hits, including 239 doubles and 115 homers. Minnesota has walked 394 times this year and they have struck out on 989 occasions. They have had 788 men left on base and have an OPS of .713. They have scored 4.39 runs per game and totaled 518 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Tigers +149
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Guy Bruhn
Get all of Today's MLB Picks
Get all of Today's Guaranteed Expert MLB Picks