The Detroit Tigers were able to play spoiler for a night, as they upset divisional rival Minnesota at Target Field. Bad loss for the Twins, allowed the Indians to get a game closer in the AL Central. A 3.5-game lead from two days ago is now cut to 2.5 because of a sloppy performance last night by the Twins. Jose Berrios, the usually sure handed Twin, got rocked by one of the worst teams in the majors.
That doesn’t mean the Tigers’ offense is going to go silent every night. Detroit racked up 17 hits on the night, while Berrios was responsible for allowing 10 of them. He also allowed 5 earned runs in 5.1 innings. That’s certainly an off night for Berrios, who might have taken the Tigers too lightly.
Cleveland may not be fans of the Tigers, but they helped them out in a big way Friday night. If they can win just one more game in this series, that’d be a major win for the Indians. These are supposed to be the games to pick up easy wins and the Twins didn’t look interested in doing that Friday night.
The Twins are still in control with a record of 77-51. This is the third game in four days that the Twins lost to a beatable team, though. They were losers in two of three against the White Sox and then opened this series with a loss with their ace on the bump. The Twins will look to respond with Kyle Gibson as their starting pitcher Saturday.
Well traveled Edwin Jackson is expected to counter for the Tigers. Jackson has been with 14 different MLB teams. Just one more and he will have landed with half of the league. The Tigers are using him as a filler for the rest of this lost season after getting dropped by the Blue Jays. Head below for our free Tigers vs. Twins pick.
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Edwin Jackson is pitching in Detroit for the same reason that Hector Noesi is pitching for the Marlins in Miami. The Tigers aren’t seeking wins in the standings at this point, so signing Jackson to fill out their rotation this late in the season is expected. They’ve already given a plethora of younger talent work and don’t want to rush anyone else up to pitch barring an injury. Jackson has been holding up with the Tigers after getting dumped by the Jays.
In Toronto, Edwin posted a 11.12 ERA in eight appearances. There was nothing left that the Jays could have done with him. They tried him in the bullpen and it was the same result. Edwin was getting rocked there as well. He began to settle down when he got the call from the Tigers, though. In three outings with Detroit, he’s posted a 3.86 ERA in 16.1 innings.
Although, he is coming off his worst outing with his new team, allowing 4 earned runs against the Astros in 5 innings. Since it’s only been three starts, his ERA of 3.86 doesn’t mean much given the sample size. Look at the big picture, and Jackson has been porous with an 8.46 ERA and 1.88 WHIP. Minnesota have done well against him in the past, as they’re hitting .295 and .333 OBP in 44 at-bats.
Don’t expect the Tigers to swing the bats as well as they did last night, but they should be able to do some damage against Kyle Gibson. Gibson has been reeling of late with a 7.31 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in 16 innings of work. He also hasn’t been consistent at all in Minnesota.
His better numbers have been on the road, as he has just a 4.62 ERA at home. This Tigers’ offense hasn’t been horrible against him, either. They are hitting .265 with 20 runs scored in 136 plate appearances. There should be enough juice in the offenses to get this matchup OVER the total Saturday.