The Minnesota Twins won’t be going for a sweep Sunday afternoon after getting tripped up by the Tigers’ bats yesterday. The offense came out to play for the Tigers, as they throttled Martin Perez in the 3rd inning. Detroit got out of the inning with 7 runs for a rare offensive explosion from them. Other than that inning, the Tigers were relatively quiet with just 3 more runs.
That’s all they needed to record a 10-7 win, though. Perez exited the game with 9 hits and 7 earned runs allowed in just 2.2 innings. Matt Boyd wasn’t good either, with 5 earned runs allowed, but the Tigers were fortunate to get a big lift from the bats.
The Twins broke the all-time home run record yesterday in Detroit. Going into Sunday, they’ve already hit 268 long balls with an entire month left in the regular season. That number is going to grow and it’s likely going to get bigger today on Sunday.
With the loss yesterday, the Twins stay still in the AL Central race. They didn’t go anywhere, as the Twins regain a 4.5-game lead after the Indians lost in similar fashion Saturday, too. Cleveland were 9-6 losers against the Rays yesterday, so the Indians failed to get any closer. No harm down for Minnesota.
This is a critical stretch for the Indians. They’re down by 4.5 games in the division and are looking at going to the Wild Card Game if they fail in that regard against the Twins. The Indians are currently in a tight battle with two other teams for a wildcard.
They may host the Wild Card Game, travel to another destination, or miss out all together. There are a lot of scenarios that could play out. As far as the Twins are concerned, they just have to avoid the choke button and stay the course. Michael Pineda and Spencer Turnbull are expected to get the starts for their respective clubs. Head below for our free Twins vs. Tigers pick below.
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Michael Pineda is coming off a standout performance against the Chicago White Sox in his most recent outing. He went 5 strong innings, allowing just 1 earned run to lead the Twins to a 3-1 win on the road. It was a nice response by Pineda who allowed 4 runs prior to that. Other than that spotty start, Pineda has been pitching well for the Twins. He’s allowed more than 3 runs only once in his previous nine outings. In six out of his last nine outings, Pineda has surrendered 2 or less runs. He’s been stable on the road with a 4.10 ERA in 67.1 innings.
On the other side, Spencer Turnbull is seeking his first win of the season at home. He’s a perfect 0-8 in 83 innings at Comerica Park. In turn, he has posted a 4.43 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in Detroit. Turnbull goes into Sunday struggling in his most recent showings. The opposition have scored 9 runs on Turnbull in his last 8 innings on the hill. Minnesota have scored 6 runs against Turnbull in 43 appearances at the plate.
Yesterday snapped a six-game winning streak for the Twins. Their winning streak started last week at home against the Tigers, and ended Saturday afternoon against the same team. The Twins won by an average of 4.5 runs per game during the run. It would have continued if Perez didn’t get knocked around in the 3rd inning Saturday.
Conversely, the Tigers ended a six-game losing streak of their own yesterday. They were losers by an average of 4.5 runs. Things likely get back to normal for the Twins and Tigers on Sunday afternoon. Look for the Twins to open up a lead and not let go in this one, as they storm past the Tigers for a win by 2 runs or more.