MLB Betting Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers – June 14, 2018

by | Jun 13, 2018 | Baseball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan
Date & Time: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 1:10 PM ET
Moneyline: MINN -120 | DET +110
Over/Under Total: 8.5
Quick Pick: Minnesota Twins -120

The Minnesota Twins will take on the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon, June 14, 2018 in a American League Central matchup in the MLB.  This game is being played at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan with the first pitch scheduled to take place at 1:10 PM ET. The weather for this game is slated to be 80 degrees with 10 mph winds blowing out towards left/center field.   

BetOnline has set the moneyline at Minnesota Twins -120 and Detroit Tigers +110, with the total for the over under play at 8.5 runs. This is the second series of the year between the Twins and the Tigers.  In the first series, played between May 21-May 23, the Twins won two out of three games with all three games playing under the posted total.

Twins Moving In On Cleveland Indians

The Minnesota Twins are in second place in the American League Central Division.  They are 5 games back of the division leading Cleveland Indians and a ½ game up on their opponent Detroit Tigers.  The Twins have won six of their last ten games but are coming into the game off a series loss to the Los Angeles Angels.  The Twins have the opportune time to move in on the Cleveland Indians, as they will face the injury riddled Tigers and then face the Indians in a three game series, starting on Friday Night.  The Twins need to win this final game of the series with the Tigers and pick up a little momentum heading into the three game set with Cleveland.

The Twins will send Lance Lynn to the mound on Thursday for his 13th start of the year.  Lynn has gone 4-4 on the season and will look to get above .500 in this matchup against the Tigers.  Lynn has posted a 5.08 ERA over 62 innings on the mound. Lynn has won three out of the last four games and only allowed a total of four runs in those games.  He is 3-0 and has pitched at least six innings in each of those four games.

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Tigers Lose Cabrera For Remainder Of Season

The Detroit Tigers are in third place in the American League Central Division.  They are 5.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the top spot in the division and have lost seven of their last ten games overall.  The Tigers lost one of their remaining name brand players on Tuesday in Miguel Cabrera. Miggy ruptured his left bicep on Tuesday Night and will require season ending surgery.  That will put John Hicks into the starting role in Detroit.

On Thursday afternoon, the Tigers will send Michael Fulmer to the mound to make his 14th start of the year.  Fulmer has a 4.40 ERA over 73.2 innings for the Tigers. Fulmer has lost two out of the last three starts going 0-2 and allowing ten runs in those three games.  His last start was a quality start, as he pitched seven innings and allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run, while striking out seven batters and not walking one batter.   

Twins Lance Lynn Continues Strong Pitching

This game comes down to which team is able to get the better pitching in the game.  I equate both offenses the same but when it comes to pitchers, the advantage goes to the Twins.  Lynn has pitched effectively in his last four starts and has gone at least six innings in each of the games.  I think that streak will continue and he will shut down the Tigers lineup. The play here will be the Minnesota Twins for 2 units over the Detroit Tigers.

Pick: Minnesota Twins -120 for 2 units

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