The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers start a long five-game series on Friday from the Twin Cities with a doubleheader – as part of a makeup game, the Tigers will actually be the home team for the second of Friday’s games. Here’s a look at the opener.
How to Bet Tigers at Twins MLB Odds & TV Info
- When: Friday, 2:10 PM ET
- Where: Target Field
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Matthew Boyd/Randy Dobnak
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Stream/gameday audio: https://www.mlb.com/live-stream-games/
- Opening MLB Lines: TBA
Why Bet on Detroit?
Detroit swept Minnesota in a three-game series last weekend at Comerica Park, marking the Tigers first sweep of the Twins since September 20-22, 2016. The Tigers went 5-14 vs. Minnesota last season, including a 3-6 record at Target Field. The Twins have won the season series over Detroit in three consecutive years.
The Tigers had a six-game winning streak snapped Wednesday in an 8-5 loss at Milwaukee. Shortstop Willi Castro picked up three hits and drove in two runs in the loss. Castro singled in runs in the first and fifth inning, respectively. He has multiple hits in three straight games and four of his last five appearances, and the 23-year-old is hitting .364/.370/.591 with two homers on the year.
Detroit placed OF JaCoby Jones on the 10-day injured list with a left hand fracture. In a corresponding move, OF Derek Hill was recalled from the alternate training site. The 28-year-old Jones has a .268/.333/.515 batting line, five home runs, 14 RBI, one stolen base, and 19 runs scored in 30 games. He’s likely done for the year.
It’s lefty Matthew Boyd (1-4) on the mound for Game 1. Boyd was dominant in last Saturday’s victory over the Twins, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over six strong innings. Boyd punched out six on the and didn’t walk a batter. The Twins scratched out an unearned run in the third inning, then Boyd served up a solo shot to Nelson Cruz in the sixth — but that was the extent of the damage against him. He fired 56 of his 87 pitches for strikes in the contest.
Boyd has faced the Twins 20 times in his career, which is tied for his most appearances against one opponent (also, Kansas City), posting an 8-6 record with a 4.69 ERA (113.1IP/59ER) and 110 strikeouts. Boyd will be making his 10th career start at Target Field on Friday. In nine previous starts in Minneapolis, Boyd is 3-5 with a 6.02 ERA (49.1IP/33ER) and 47 strikeouts.
Why Bet on Minnesota?
The Twins were off Thursday after taking two of three at home vs. the White Sox in an important AL Central matchup to start this week. In total, Minnesota is 9-3-1 in series play this year and 6-0 in series played at Target Field.
Minnesota blew out the White Sox 8-1 on Wednesday behind another big game from Miguel Sano. He homered and scored two runs; Sano swatted a solo homer off of Ross Detwiler to extend Minnesota’s lead to 4-1 in the third. Sano now owns eight homers and 16 RBI in 121 at-bats. The 27-year-old was hitting just .211 on August 23, but now owns a slash of .243/.336/.557.
The Twins hit multiple homers for the first time since August 24, after going seven games without hitting at least two. That seven-game stretch without a team multi-homer game is the longest single-season run since a 12-game stretch from September 3-15, 2018.
Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs. It was Donaldson’s first game after he missed all of August with a strain in his right calf. Second baseman Luis Arraez left the game with left patellar soreness. Arraez was noticeably hobbled after reaching on an error in the sixth inning. He’s been battling a left knee issue off-and-on this season and it flared up on him again. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said after the game that he feels it’s an injury the club can “manage.” In addition, outfielder Max Kepler was removed from Wednesday’s game against the Tigers because of left groin tightness.
It’s Randy Dobnak on the mound for Game 1 on Friday. Dobnak (5-2) allowed more than two earned runs for the first time in his career when he allowed six runs on 12 hits to the Tigers last Saturday. The Tigers used a parade of baserunners in this one to score once in the second, once in the third and then they added two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. The right-hander struck out only one on the afternoon while walking two.
All-time against the Tigers, Dobnak is 1-1 in three appearances (2 starts) with a 4.76 ERA (11.1 IP, 6 ER), two walks and 10 strikeouts.
Twins 6, Tigers 2
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