Minnesota’s Still Atop Division
The Minnesota Twins go after a second straight win, hosting the Detroit Tigers for the second of a three-game series between rivals Tuesday night. Minnesota took the series opener, 5-3, in 10 innings Monday evening, maintaining its one-game lead over the second-place Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central Division. Detroit’s dropped three straight games, having fallen into last place.
Tigers Struggling To Score
The Detroit Tigers have not been a potent offense this season. That’s still the case on the team’s current road trip. Detroit is 1-4 on its sojourn, averaging 2.8 runs over that span. The lone win was 4-2 over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Catcher Tucker Barnhart had a pair of RBIs in the loss Monday. He ended a three-game hitless streak by going 1-for-3. Barnhart is batting .203 with six doubles, 11 RBIs, and eight runs scored in 65 games this season.
Shortstop Javier Baez has struggled a bit in his first season with the Tigers, though he leads the team with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs. Baez is batting .221 with 86 strikeouts, but also 20 doubles, two triples, and 38 runs scored.
Righthander Matt Manning is expected make the Tuesday start, coming off the 60-day injured list. Manning has been sidelined with a shoulder/biceps injury. In two starts this season, he’s 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA. The 24-year-old was 4-7 with a 5.80 ERA in 18 starts a season ago.
Twins Are Holding Lead
The Minnesota Twins welcomed Gio Urshela back to the team Monday after he’d been gone for the birth of his daughter. Urshela paid immediate dividends for the Twins, 2-for-5 including a game-winning, two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Minnesota had three runs in its half of the inning to secure the win.
“A lot of emotions,” Urshela said after Monday’s win. “Baby and walk-off and winning. It’s good for the team.”
Urshela is batting .268 with 17 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 44 RBIs, and 37 runs scored this season.
First baseman Jose Miranda was also big in Monday’s win, tying the game in the 10th inning with a single after driving in a run earlier in the contest. Miranda is batting .280 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, 42 RBIs, and 25 runs scored.
Righty Chris Archer gets the start for Tuesday’s contest. Archer is 2-5 with a 4.04 ERA in 17 starts, striking out 54 in 69 innings. A rough start against the Milwaukee Brewers last out, having surrendered six runs over three innings, striking out two and walking a half-dozen.
Tigers vs Twins Head-To-Head
Despite their spots at the opposite ends of the AL Central standings, the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins have been somewhat competitive this season. Minnesota is holding an 8-5 edge, 5-1 at home. In the Twin Cities, the homebodies are 27-11 against the Tigers since the start of 2018.
Detroit hasn’t won the season series against Minnesota since 2016 when it went 15-4. The MLB lines do not have them getting any closer to that goal Tuesday night, favoring the host Twins to prevail.
Tigers vs Twins Game Information
- Game: Tigers (41-63) at Twins (54-48)
- Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
- Day/Time: Tuesday, August 2, 7:40 p.m. ET
- Tigers vs Twins Live stream: MLB.tv
Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins Betting Lines
M. Manning -R
|+1½ -125||+160||9- 105o||3½ -130o
C. Archer -R
|-180||9- 115u||4½ -140o
Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins Prediction
The Detroit Tigers just don’t have a lot of pop this season, and Tuesday they turn to a pitcher who has been sidelined since April.
When making your MLB picks, take Minnesota to pick up the home win.