Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 31 (5/31): MLB

Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 31 (5/31): MLB

Credit: photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 1:10 p.m. EST
Twins money line -145
Twins run line -1.5 (+105)
Tigers money line +122
Tigers run line +1.5 (-125)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Minnesota Twins Detroit Tigers
Record 29-20 18-29
Road / home record 12-9 11-14
Last 10 record 6-4 5-5
Streak L1 W2
Over / under record 22-24-3 14-30-3
Runs / game 4.30 2.73
Runs allowed / game 3.66 3.93

 

Preview

The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins will play the 2nd game series at the Comerica Park on Tuesday. The Tigers won the first of the series 7-5 on Monday. The Twins are 5-2 in the season vs Tigers.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins get here with a 29-20 record and have lost 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.3 runs per game and allowing 3.6 runs. Luis Arraez is batting for .363 AVG. Byron Buxton leads with 21 RBI and 11 home runs.

Joe Ryan leads the team with a 2.28 ERA, 42 strikeouts and 5 wins recorded for the Twins.

Probable Pitcher:  Devin Smeltzer (1-0, 1.04 ERA)

Smeltzer will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Twins. He will be making his fourth start of the season with the big club and his second straight turn through the Minnesota rotation after he struck out six over seven scoreless innings Thursday against the Royals following his call-up from Triple-A St. Paul

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers get here with a 18-29 record and have won 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging only 2.73 runs per game and allowing 3.93 runs. Miguel Cabrera leads the team batting for .294 AVG, 3 home runs and 18 RBI.

Tarik Skubal leads the team with a 2.44 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 3 wins recorded for the Tigers.

Probable Pitcher:

Rony Garcia (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will be on the mound for the Tigers in the 2nd game of the series. After making his first eight appearances with the Tigers out of the bullpen this season, Garcia tossed four innings in his start May 25 in Minnesota. He gave up two runs on three hits and two walks and struck out five in the 78-pitch outing.

BETTING TRENDS

Minnesota are 10-5 SU in their last 15 games.

Minnesota are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games against Detroit.

Detroit are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.

Detroit are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Minnesota.

Prediction

The Tigers offense exploded on Monday to beat the Twins 7-5 and take the lead on the series. The Twins will look to tie this series in the first game of the double-header on Tuesday and will send Smeltzer to the mound who has been really good in his last 3 starts allowing only 2 runs across 17.1 innings pitched, if he continue like that the Twins can easily win this game. Take the Twins.

PICK: Twins ML (-145)

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