Betting Baseball: Liriano Continues Comeback as a Big Underdog Today In Detroit

Pittsburgh Pirates (+173) at Detroit Tigers (-188, 7.5 O/U )

Left-hander Francisco Liriano, 3-0 with a 1.00 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in their road matchup with the Detroit Tigers. The lefthander get a major test in Detroit, where the former AL Central rival has a lifetime 6.18 ERA in 11 games. The Bucs expect to again see the Liriano who has a 25-6 K-W ratio in 18 innings. Pittsburgh is 3-0 in games started by him. Right-hander Justin Verlander will take the mound for the home team. Verlander had been struggling a little bit recently, but called his last outing a step in the right direction despite the fact that five Cleveland runs bumped his ERA up again. He tossed two complete-game victories against the Pirates last year, including a no-hit bid in Detroit. The Tigers have gone over the total in 67% of his starts. The game time temperature will be 63°F with winds blowing in from left field at 11 mph. The humidity will be around 46%. There is a 10% chance of precipitation.

Pittsburgh Pirates versus Verlander: 30 years old right-hander, 6’5” 225 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, slider, curve

Power Pitcher

Runs per game (league ranking), 18: Home Runs, 14: Bat Ave, 21: OB%, 23: Slugging, 19

    Walks, 20: Strikeouts, 9: Stolen Bases, 9

    Last seven games, 3: Last 14 games, 10: Last 28 games, 5

      Versus Righties, 9: Versus lefties, 22

        Home, 9: Away, 20

          1st Inning Production, 7

            Facing a Power Pitcher, 19: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 21

              Facing a fly ball pitcher, 9: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 13

                Run Production at Night, 22: Run Production During Day, 12

                  First five innings, 26: 6th to 9th Innings, 7

                    Detroit Tigers versus Liriano: 29 years old left-hander, 6’2” 215 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, changeup

                    Runs per game (league ranking), 6: Home Runs, 23: Bat Ave, 2: OB%, 4: Slugging, 12

                      Walks, 5: Strikeouts, 23: Stolen Bases, 25

                      Last seven games, 12: Last 14 games, 7: Last 28 games, 9

                        Versus Righties, 9: Versus lefties, 7

                          Home, 1: Away, 25

                            1st Inning Production, 12

                              Facing a Power Pitcher, 7: Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 6

                                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 11: Facing a ground ball pitcher, 13

                                  Run Production at Night, 5: Run Production During Day, 13

                                    First five innings, 4: 6th to 9th Innings, 27