Detroit Tigers Eye First Place in Series vs. Minnesota Twins

By Eric Carlisle
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers come in to the early week matchup with the Minnesota Twins only a half game back of the Kansas City Royals. Considering that the Tigers had a rough stretch where they lost five of six games, it’s amazing that they are in this position to take over first place (with some help from the Royals) with a couple of wins over the Twins.

This matchup will be a tough one with one of their divisional rivals, but everyone would agree it’s one that the Tigers should win. Here are the pitching matchups for the series.

Monday- 7:08 p.m. ET

DET — Max Scherzer (2-0) 4.13 ERA
MIN — Mike Pelfrey (2-2) 7.94 ERA

Tuesday- 7:08 p.m. ET

DET — Justin Verlander (2-2) 1.95 ERA
MIN — Vance Worley (0-3) 6.38 ERA

Wednesday- 1:08 p.m. ET

DET — Anibal Sanchez (3-1) 1.34 ERA
MIN — Scott Diamond (1-2) 4.32 ERA

As you can see from the numbers, the Tigers will be heavy favorites in the pitching categories. They will have Scherzer, and Sanchez going in this series, two guys that seem to be on a roll as of late.

As we all know though, when it comes to the American League Central, anything can happen. The Tigers often tend to play down to their opponents, but with the three straight wins over the Atlanta Braves, I wouldn’t bet on it.

As always with the Twins, they will have to maneuver through their lineup because of the likes of Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, and Josh Willingham. Although Willingham and Morneau aren’t off to the best of starts, the Tigers’ pitchers still have to be careful with them, something the they know very well.

As for Mauer, he’s one of the best hitters in the game today, plain and simple; he will always be a tough out, and most the time opponents only hope to contain him.

I see the Tigers having the advantage in almost every area, and with the top of the lineup hitting the way they are, they will be tough to beat. Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, and Miguel Cabrera went off in the last couple of days, so I see them continuing the trend with Minnesota’s sub-par pitching performances as of late.

I give the Tigers a good chance to take at least two games from the Twins, and even maybe three. It should be a good series to watch if you are a Tigers fan because it has the makings of some big wins.

Eric Carlisle is a Detroit Tigers writer for Follow him on Twitter @EricCarlizle810, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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