Preview Twins vs Tigers 22nd September 2017
In the final three games of a four game series, the Minnesota Twins will face the Detroit Tigers in this AL Central division showdown.
The Twins have a relatively big advantage and could win all three, while the Tigers look to salvage at least one win.
The final three games kicks off on the 22nd September @ Tigers
- On Friday, the Twins will send Kyle Gibson to the mound and he will be opposed by Matthew Boyd for the Tigers. Gibson has been on a roll lately, winning his last five decisions. Overall he is 11-10 with a 5.07 ERA and has allowed 170 hits in only 147 2/3 innings. Boyd is just 1-5 over his last ten games and is 6-10 with a 5.33 ERA for the season.
- Saturday’s game features Ervin Santana for the Twins versus Buck Farmer for the Tigers. Santana is having one of his best seasons with a record of 15-8 and an ERA of 3.38. He’s 4-1 over his last five decisions and has allowed only 166 hits in 199 1/3 innings for the season. Farmer has struggled with a 4-4 record and 7.11 ERA. It’s worth noting that he was listed as day-to-day on Tuesday’s injury report.
- In Sunday’s finale, Jose Berrios is on the hill for the Twins versus Chad Bell for the Tigers. Berrios has been solid with a 12-8 record and a 3.94 ERA. On the flip side, Bell has been sub par most of the season, coming in at 0-3 with a 6.52 ERA. He’s allowed 76 hits in only 58 innings of work.
Offensively, veteran Joe Mauer leads the Twins with a .308 batting average, while Brian Dozier heads the power attack with 31 home runs and 85 RBI. Miguel Sano has added 28 long balls, while Eddie Rosario is batting .290 with 26 home runs, to complete the power trio.
For the Tigers, Nicholas Castellanos has been the most consistent and productive, belting 24 home runs and driving in 94. Veterans Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera are a far cry from their glory days, but have added 20 and 16 home runs, respectively.
Cut to the Chase Prediction
It wouldn’t be surprising for the Tigers to take a game, but it’s more likely the Twins walk away with all three games this weekend.
NB that all statistics are for games through Tuesday, September 19.