The Minnesota Twins look to pad their lead in the AL Central with a successful weekend in Detroit at Comerica Park. They were winners of the Indians yesterday to get back to a 10.5-game lead in the division. The Indians won the first two games of the three-game meeting, but that celebration was short lived when Minnesota got their double-digit lead in the AL Central back.
It’s going to be an awful lot of work to catch up, as the Indians have dug a pretty big hole for themselves. One game at a time, though, and winning a series against the Twins doesn’t hurt. The Twins were playing so hot for the first two months that they will certainly having a cooling off period. If the Indians take advantage of that window remains to be seen, though. A sweep would have helped get their confidence back.
The Twins are 4-2 in their last six games after losing two to the Indians. In their previous series they were a game away from sweeping the Rays. They’re staring at a record of 41-20 following the win on Thursday. Not bad for a team who didn’t even earn a wildcard last season and were a huge bust.
Speaking too soon can be a season ender, though. The second-half can be a different beast and we’ve seen teams rise out of the ashes then, while others wither under the pressure. Minnesota are a well built team, though, and I don’t see their start as a fluke of sorts. And we haven’t even gotten to the trade deadline, where the Twins may opt to add a pitcher. They missed on Craig Kimbrel who they were activity pursuing. The Twins will turn to Kyle Gibson on Friday. Detroit counters with Matt Boyd, who has been having a nice season for the Tigers. Head below for our free Twins vs. Tigers pick.
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Matthew Boyd has been one of the best options that the Tigers have had in their rotation this season. He and Spencer Turnbull are at the top, both with ERA’s of 3.01 on the season. As a 28-year-old, Boyd is in the prime of his career and is just missing out on being with the team when they’re expected to be better in a few years.
When Casey Mize gets the call up to the major leagues, I’d expect the Tigers to be in a much better position. Boyd has been solid with an ERA of 3.01 and 1.02 WHIP. There isn’t much hope saving this club, though, as depth in their rotation is lacking and the rotation hasn’t been getting it done. The lineup of course lacks pop as well. Detroit enter Friday with a record of 23-36 and have lost four of their last five games. The Rays won
The offense has been silent with only 1-run scored in their last two games. Kyle Gibson has had success against this roster in Detroit, too. The Tigers are hitting just .200 with a .258 OBP in 115 at-bats against Gibson. He’s a solid cog in the Twins’ rotation this season. Gibson goes into Comerica Park with an ERA of 3.75 and 1.22 WHIP.
He has given up just a run in his last 11 innings pitching. In his last 18 innings pitched across his previous three showings, Gibson has a 2.50 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. The Tigers lack of success offensively recently is indicative of their season as a whole. They are averaging only 3.53 runs per game, which is now last in the majors after the Marlins started to score some runs lately. Conversely, the Twins are at the top in 1st with 5.92 runs scored per contest. They should be able to handle business at Comerica on Friday.