Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, 8/29/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Twins (-128) Tigers (+118)
Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins (20-12, 1st in AL Central) head to Comerica Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Detroit Tigers (13-16, 4th in AL Central). The Tigers open this game at +118 while the Twins are priced at -128. The total opens at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Kenta Maeda and Casey Mize.
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
8/28/2020 Cody Stashak RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/26/2020 Mitch Garver C Side Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
8/25/2020 Josh Donaldson 3B Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/22/2020 Jake Odorizzi SP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/22/2020 Zack Littell RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/22/2020 Homer Bailey SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
8/20/2020 Byron Buxton CF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
8/27/2020 Alex Faedo SP Forearm Out for the season
8/25/2020 Ivan Nova SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 9
8/19/2020 Dario Agrazal SP Forearm Out for the season
8/19/2020 Harold Castro 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 29
8/19/2020 C.J 1B Knee Out for the season
8/7/2020 Troy Stokes LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/18/2020 Jordan Zimmermann SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 20-12 overall record this season. Maeda has taken the ball for 625 innings and is sitting with 681 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.77 (262 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.126. He has given up 519 hits (7.5 hits per nine innings) and has 185 walks. Maeda (51-35 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.68 while facing 2,565 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 121 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the bullpen and they've struck out 151 hitters and walked 45 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.56. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 239 base hits and 110 earned runs. They have allowed 40 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 94 batters and struck out 280. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 4.12.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .245, good for 14th in the league. The Twins hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Nelson Cruz is hitting .315 with an on-base percentage of .402. He has 35 hits this season in 111 at bats with 27 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .649 and an OPS+ of 184. Miguel Sano is hitting .247 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .346. He has totaled 23 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 93 at bats. His OPS+ is 145 while his slugging percentage is at .559. The Twins have 257 hits, including 41 doubles and 45 home runs. Minnesota has walked 109 times so far this season and they have struck out 281 times as a unit. They have left 209 men on base and have a team OPS of .736. They score 4.62 runs per contest and have scored a total of 148 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Detroit has a 13-16 overall mark this year. Mize has given up 12 base knocks while earning 9 K's in 7 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 6 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.944 and a FIP of 5.6. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.50 and he has faced 39 opposing hitters. Mize (0-1 win-loss mark) is the owner of a 7.50 earned run average and has surrendered 15.0 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.68 and they have given up 126 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Tigers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 119 batters and walked 39 opposing hitters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.83. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 266 base knocks and 164 earned runs this season. They have given up 48 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Detroit as a staff has walked 95 hitters and struck out 220 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 5.23.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 16th in the league. The Tigers hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Niko Goodrum comes into this matchup batting .190 with an OBP of .263. He has 19 hits this year along with 17 RBI in 100 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .410 with an OPS+ of 79. JaCoby Jones is hitting .273 this season and he has an OBP of .330. He has collected 24 hits in 88 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 130 and a slugging percentage of .534. The Tigers as a unit have 236 base hits, including 49 doubles and 39 homers. Detroit has walked 76 times this year and they have struck out on 293 occasions. They have had 170 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They have scored 4.72 runs per game and totaled 137 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Tigers MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Twins (-128)
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