In the grand scheme of things, this series means absolutely nothing for the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins. The Twins should be playing for something, but they’ve had a major letdown in 2018 and aren’t playing for the division or wildcard like last season. The Indians expected more of a fight than this from the Twins. As it is, though, the Indians have been able to sleepwalk all the way to the postseason.
It was a foregone conclusion before the second-half. The Tribe are not getting much media attention, while the Red Sox and Astros continue to attract all the fanfare. It’s not a wise idea to ignore the Indians. The Twins don’t have to worry about any of that, though. They are playing pretty good baseball recently, though, with four straight wins and 5-1 in their previous six contests.
That doesn’t put a dent in the standings, as they are still 12 games behind the Indians for 1st in the division. The Twins moved to 58-63 with the win over the Tigers yesterday. Meanwhile, the Indians are sitting pretty at 70-51 without a threat anywhere in sight. They’re suddenly going to have a threat in front of them when the postseason rolls around, though.
They have to watch out and not get too comfortable as the regular season has been non-competitive for them in the AL Central. The Tigers will go with Artie Lewicki, as the team continues to take a good look at their younger minor leaguers. Lewicki will be making his fourth start of the year in Minnesota on Saturday. He’s also made ten appearances out of the bullpen. The Twins will go with a youngster as well in this matchup. Kohl Stewart will be making his second appearance in the major leagues in this one. His debut was against the Tigers, so he gets a do-over here. Get our free Tigers vs. Twins pick below.
Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins Pick
Artie Lewicki (0-2, 4.89 ERA) vs. Kohl Stewart (0-1, 6.23 ERA)
Lewicki has made some spot starts for the Tigers, but has largely been a member of the bullpen and the Toledo Mud Hens. He was moved back to the pen after an inadequate start against the Indians in June. Sine then, he’s found himself up and down from the minors. His numbers in the minors are pretty consistent with what he’s doing in the majors. Lewicki has posted a 4.67 ERA in Toledo, while he enters today with a 4.89 ERA in the majors.
He’s putting more base runners on in the big leagues, though. Lewicki owns a 1.30 WHIP in Triple-A and a 1.60 WHIP in Detroit with the Tigers. His OBA goes from .270 to .320 as well. He’s still trying to figure out how to pitch on the road, as he goes into Minnesota with an ERA of 7.88, 2.00 WHIP, and .427 OBA on the road. Conversely, Lewicki has a 2.78 ERA at Comerica Park this season.
Kohl Stewart got his feet wet in the major leagues on August 12th against the Tigers. He hopes to use it as a mulligan, because it was not a great debut for the 23-year-old. He allowed 8 hits and 3 runs across 4.1 innings. It equated to a 6.23 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, and .476 OBA. The Tigers also hit .421 against Stewart in 19 at-bats. He posted an ERA of 4.47 with a 1.49 WHIP between AA and AAA ball this season. The Tigers and Twins are both giving these guys auditions and they haven’t grabbed the bull by the horns, yet at least. The relief staff ranks 21st in Detroit and 23rd for the Twins. It’s looking like another OVER day in Minnesota.