Orioles vs. Tigers Prediction
The Detroit Tigers have yet to know what a sweep of an opponent at home feels like this season. Will the Tigers make that happen on Thursday afternoon when they face the Baltimore Orioles at 1:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, April 19, 2018
1:10PM ET, Comerica Park
TV: MAS2 (Bal); FSDT (Det)
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Orioles are the slight favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -125 to win. The Tigers are listed with a money line of +105 to prevail, while the over/under total is listed at 9 runs. Currently, 53% of the wagers are going on the Orioles on the road today. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Tigers looking for home sweep
The Detroit Tigers are looking to earn their first sweep on their home field today after earning 4-2 and 6-5 wins over the Orioles the last two days. Detroit is now 6-9 overall and 3-5 at home. The Tigers are averaging 3.93 runs per game this season while giving up 4.33.
Jordan Zimmerman gets the start today. He had to leave his last start at Cleveland in the first inning after getting hit by a line drive in the face. That was eight days ago. This season, over three starts, Zimmerman has yet to record a decision. He has a 1.55 WHIP with an 8.18 ERA. He has 11 strikeouts with two walks over 11 innings.
Orioles on 5-game skid
The Orioles are now on a 5-game losing streak following the first two losses in this series. Overall, they have dropped seven of their last eight games. Baltimore is now 5-13 on the season and 3-9 on the road. The Orioles are scoring just 3.22 runs per game this season while allowing 5.33.
Alex Cobb will make his second start for Baltimore today. He struggled mightily in his season debut, allowing seven earned runs and 10 hits over 3.2 innings at Boston. Cobb had one walk and no strikeouts, finishing with a 3.00 WHIP.
MLB Betting Trends
The Orioles are just 1-10 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and they have lost four straight to AL Central opponents. They are also just 7-23 in their last 30 games following a loss.
The Tigers have lost five of Zimmerman’s last six starts overall and nine of his last 12 against a team with a losing record. Detroit has also lost 10 of its last 12 Game 3’s of a series.
This is a tough call as both starting pitchers have struggled. The Tigers had to rally late on Wednesday to get the win. I can see Zimmerman continuing to struggle. He could be rattled to return to the mound after getting hit by the line drive. I see him not lasting long in this game as Baltimore develops an early lead and finds a way to hold on.
The Pick: Baltimore Orioles -125