The Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers meet up for the first time in 2017, with the AL Central wide open for the taking. The Indians reigned supreme in the division last season, parlaying it into an American League Championship and trip to the World Series.
That’s as far as they’d make it, as the Chicago Cubs cut them down to win it all. There was no clear-cut number 1 in the AL Central then, and it’s probably even more confuddled in 2017.
The Twins have gotten off to a nice 5-1 start, but how long is that going to hold up? You probably shouldn’t read too far into this, because while the Indians were surprise winners of the division, the Twins shouldn’t be able to sustain it throughout an entire year. They may be at the top right now, but the odds of Minnesota slipping towards the back as the season progresses is pretty good. Maybe I’m wrong, I guess we’ll see.
I haven’t been wrong often lately. With another winning MLB pick last night, we’ve successfully cashed in on six straight picks. It’s a long season, though, so it’s important that we keep it going and maximizing our profits as much as possible.
Winning streaks are familiar to us on the diamond, so this definitely doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The Twins and Tigers get started early this afternoon with the first game on the Tuesday card. Get our free Twins vs. Tigers pick below.
Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Pick
Hector Santiago (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Matt Boyd (0-1, 19.29 ERA)
The Tigers edged out the Red Sox behind Justin Verlander, picking up the 2-1 win to take the series. Detroit have shown early that they are capable of winning the division, but nothing is going to be decided here until September, one has to believe.
Matt Boyd will get the start this afternoon, as he looks to recover after taking a brutal beating in his opening outing of the year. Boyd was touched up for 5 runs in only 2.1 innings of work against the White Sox on the road. The ensuing result was a dreadful ERA of 19.29. His WHIP took a beating as well, finishing with a posted mark of 3.86, along with a .529 OBA.
Going back to last year, Boyd has allowed 9 runs in 2.1 innings pitched. Not a typo, he didn’t record an out vs the Royals in September of last season, so it stands that he’s gotten 4 outs, while allowing 9 runs. The Twins hammered Boyd for 7 runs last September, too.
Hector Santiago had a fine start to his season with the Twins, registering an ERA of 1.80 against the Royals. He had a 5.58 ERA in eleven starts with the Twins last season, a 4.25 with the Angels before the trade. Don’t expect him to mimic what he did in the opener very often. The Tigers should handle Santiago at Comerica, but how reliable is Boyd at this point? We like the OVER in Detroit for our Tuesday MLB pick, and hopefully 7th winning pick in a row.
PICK: OVER 8.5 (-110)