Tigers vs. Twins Prediction
Can the Minnesota Twins avoid a letdown loss at home to the Detroit Tigers when the two meet up this evening at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, August 16, 2018
8:10PM ET – Target Field
TV: FSDT (Det); FSN (Min)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Twins are favored at home today, as they are getting odds of -165 to win. The Tigers are listed with a money line of +155 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 9 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 65 percent going on Minnesota at home. 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 trip up at home
The Tigers come into today having lost back-to-back games at home to the White Sox. Detroit is 50-71 overall and 18-41 on the road. The Tigers are putting up 3.81 runs per game this season while allowing 4.62 runs per contest.
The Tigers turn the ball over to Francisco Liriano tonight. He is making his 19th start of the season and comes into this game with a 3-7 record, a 4.42 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Liriano has 76 strikeouts and 55 walks over 95.2 innings this year.
Twins sweep Pirates
The Twins won their 2-game series over the Pirates earlier this week and they have won three of their last four. Minnesota is now 56-63 overall and 35-24 at home. The Twins are putting up 4.40 runs per contest while allowing 4.64 per game.
Ervin Santana gets the start for the Twins tonight. He is making his fifth start of the season and he is 0-1 through his four starts with a 6.53 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Santana has 14 strikeouts and six walks over 20.2 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Tigers are just 2-8 in Liriano’s last 10 road starts and 2-6 in his last eight starts against division opponents.
The Twins have won nine straight against a start with a WHIP over 1.30. They have also won five of their last six home games against a left-handed starter.
Santana hasn’t been looking too polished since returning from injury, including a loss to the Tigers in Detroit. Still. I like Minnesota at home. The Tigers have struggled on the road all year and Liriano has a 5.40 ERA against the Twins. I don’t trust the Detroit hitting to show up and their bullpen is quite shaky as well.
The Pick: Minnesota Twins -165