We’ve got a little afternoon baseball in the AL Central as the Minnesota Twins (3-2, 3-2 Away) wrap up their three-game series with the Detroit Tigers (3-2, 3-2 Home) on Wednesday. First pitch from Comerica Park in Detroit is set for 1:10pm EST.
This is a getaway day rubber match after the Twins took the opener, 15-6, followed by a Tigers extra-innings victory on Tuesday night. The Twins took six out of the 10 divisional matchups during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season en route to an AL Central crown, while the Tigers finished last in the division, 12 games back of Minnesota.
Minnesota Twins Betting Preview: Twin Thrill
Prior to Tuesday night’s setback, the Twins had won three in a row, closing out their opening series against the Brewers with two wins and opening this set with Detroit with a victory. Luis Arraez and Nelson Cruz have 7 hits apiece to lead the team, while Cruz and Byron Buxton each have three home runs, second in all of baseball in the early going.
Kenta Maeda is back on the bump for Minnesota after getting the call on Opening Day last Thursday. Maeda went 4.1 innings against the Brewers, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out five. The 32-year old threw 88 pitches and did not factor in the decision, a comeback win by the Brew Crew.
Detroit Tigers Betting Preview: Baddoo to the Bone
The Tigers got back in the win column Tuesday after dropping their previous two games, one each to Minnesota and Cleveland. The talk of the town in the Motor City has quickly become Akil Baddoo. The former Rule 5 draft pick from the Twins had Tommy John surgery two years ago but has burst on the scene here in 2021.
The 22-year old has made waves by homering on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues, hit a grand slam in his second at-bat, and then delivered a game-winning single in his third. The latter came on Tuesday in the 10th inning against these Twins.
Matthew Boyd goes for his second consecutive win to start the season after tossing 5.2 innings of shutout ball on Opening Day against the Indians, allowing just three hits in the process.
Twins vs. Tigers Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie has installed the Twins as heavy favorites for this matinee, listing them at -180 on the moneyline and -115 on the run line with an over/under of 8. The Tigers are +150 on the moneyline and -105 on the run line.
Free Betting Pick
The Twins will surely be eager to get back home after starting the year with two straight series’ on the road. The Tigers, meanwhile, will embark on a 10-game road trip after this, beginning Friday. Minnesota is a veteran enough team to quickly turn the page on Tuesday’s defeat, and they have the trends on their side for Wednesday’s matchup.
The Twins are 5-0 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter and 6-1 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series.