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2021 MLB Handicapping
(39-47) Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins (35-49)
Date: Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
Projected Pitchers: Tarik Skubal (DET) vs. JA Happ (MIN)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Tigers +140 Twins -182
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Tigers +1.5, Twins -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9.5
The Tigers will be in Minnesota to take on the Twins for game 1 Thursday at 8:10 ET.
These teams have not played each other since May.
Tarik Skubal will go for the Tigers and JA Happ will get the start for the Twins.
The tigers got off to a terrible start, but they have improved their play some. They have won 5 of their last 7 games.
They are 39-47 and are 3rd in the American League Central. The White Sox are 11.5 games ahead of them.
Detroit has split the first 2 games with the Rangers. On Tuesday Texas won 10-5.
Starter Jose Urena went 4.2 innings and allowed 5 earned runs.
Tarik Skubal has been inconsistent this year. The lefty is 5-7 with a 4.35 ERA. His last start was against the White Sox on Saturday where he went 5 innings and allowed 5 earned runs. The Tigers won this game 11-5.
Pitching has not been a major strength for this team. They have a 4.66 ERA which is 23rd best in the league.
The offense has been the best part of their game. They are scoring 4.13 runs per game which is 24th best in baseball.
Jonathan Schoop and Jeimer Candelario have been some key bats in their lineup.
Detroit has hit 93 home runs which is 22nd best.
The Twins have been a total disappointment so far this year. They are completely underperforming given how much talent they have. They have lost 4 of their last 6 games.
They are currently last in the American League Central with a record of 35-49. The White Sox are 14.5 games ahead of them.
Minnesota has split the first 2 games of the series against the Twins. On Tuesday Chicago won 4-1. As I write this, the score is 0-0 in the 1st inning between them and the White Sox.
Jose Berrios was very good on Tuesday. The righty went 7 innings, allowed 1 earned run, and stuck out 10 batters.
JA Happ has not been great this year. He is 4-4 with an ERA over 6. His last start was against the Royals on Friday where he went 4.1 innings and allowed 5 earned runs. Kansas City won this game 7-4.
The pitching simply has not been there for this squad so far. They have an ERA of 5.01 which is 27th best in baseball.
The offense has been very good. They are scoring 4.64 runs per game which is 11th best.
Hitting home runs is a big part of what this club does. They have belted 121 of them which is 3rd best.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Tigers are 5-2 in their last 7 games overall.
- Tigers are 5-2 in their last 7 games on grass.
- Twins are 3-7 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series.
- Twins are 2-6 in their last 8 games overall.
- Twins are 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games.
- Twins are 2-6 in their last 8 games vs. the American League Central.
Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Prediction:
Despite not having a great record, the Tigers have been playing better baseball as of late. I look for them to continue that on Thursday.
Based on talent, the Twins are the better team, but they have not been playing like it. I feel more confident with the Tigers in this one.
To me, Tarik Skubal is the better pitcher than JA Happ. I look for him to limit the damage against the Twins and for the Tigers to hit around Happ.
I will take the Tigers at +140 road dogs.
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