Tigers Try To Stay Hot Against Twins as Road Underdogs

Detroit Tigers (-152) at Minnesota Twins (+140, 8.5 O/U )

Right-hander Anibal Sanchez, 1-2 with a 5.15 earned run average in 2013, will be the starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in their road matchup with the Minnesota Twins. Sanchez took a no-decision out of 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball against the Yankees thanks to a run-scoring balk. He has a stingy track record against the Twins, including 6 2/3 scoreless innings on April 8 at Comerica Park. The Tigers are 1-2 in games started by him.

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey will take the mound for the home team. The righty turned in his strongest outing since joining the Twins in 2013, tossing seven scoreless innings against the Royals last Wednesday. He scattered four hits and two walks to earn his first win since Aug. 20, 2013. The Twins are 2-1 in games started by him, and have gone over 33% of those games. Forecasts are calling for 64° temperatures. The humidity will be around 41%. There is a 17% chance of precipitation.

Pelfrey: 31 years old right-hander, 6’7” 250 pounds.
Throws: fastball (91.6 mph, 74%), slider (8%), cutter (4%) knuckler 14%

Detroit Tigers Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 4.59 (8)
Home Runs: 15 (15)
Batting average: 0.283 (2)
On-base percentage: 0.35 (3)
Slugging percentage: 0.431 (6)
Stolen bases: 14 (6)
Last seven games: 19 (.673 OPS)
Last 14 games: 18 (.689 OPS)
Last 28 games: 4 (.781 OPS)
Versus Righties: 6 (.782 OPS)
Versus lefties: 6 (.777 OPS)
Home: 8 (.761 OPS)
Away: 1 (.813 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 1 (.1008 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 20 (.553 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 1 (.1009 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 3 (.855 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 25 (.609 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 4 (.865 OPS)
First five innings: 2 (.823 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 4 (.754 OPS)

Sanchez: 31 years old right-hander, 6’0” 205 pounds.
Throws: fastball (92 mph, 48%), slider (23%), curve (1%) cutter (8%) splitter (21%)

Minnesota Twins Offense

Runs per game (ranking): 3 (29)
Home Runs: 8 (31)
Batting average: 0.223 (25)
On-base percentage: 0.279 (29)
Slugging percentage: 0.311 (32)
Stolen bases: 4 (29)
Last seven games: 26 (.598 OPS)
Last 14 games: 27 (.623 OPS)
Last 28 games: 28 (.589 OPS)
Versus Righties: 28 (.570 OPS)
Versus lefties: 24 (.626 OPS)
Home: 13 (.704 OPS)
Away: 28 (.521 OPS)
1st Inning Production: 27 (.516 OPS)
Facing a Power Pitcher: 23 (.524 OPS)
Facing a Finesse Pitcher: 9 (.812 OPS)
Facing a fly ball pitcher: 11 (.695 OPS)
Facing a ground ball pitcher: 25 (.552 OPS)
Run Production at Night: 29 (.525 OPS)
Run Production During Day: 20 (.628 OPS)
First five innings: 25 (.564 OPS)
6th to 9th Innings: 26 (.511 OPS)