MLB Baseball: Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers Preview, Prediction & Odds -- Aug. 30, 2021

by Chuck Sommers

Game time: 2:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Where to watch: Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Detroit, MLB Network

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks


DraftKings: Twins -130, Tigers +110
BetMGM: NL
FanDuel: NL

Season record (entering Sunday)
Twins: 57-72 (Last place, AL Central)
Tigers: 62-68 (3rd place, AL Central) 

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Twins - Tigers preview and analysis


Recent form (entering Sunday)
Twins: 4-6 in last 10
Tigers: 4-6 in last 10

Nothing like a good ol’ makeup postponed game between two average teams to kickstart a Monday. 

Just always remember it could be worse and it really the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks playing in a seven-game series. Not for the World Series, either. What if we got a three-way game with the Texas Rangers, too?

The Minnesota Twins, following their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers, will make a pitstop to Comerica Park to take on the Detroit Tigers in a makeup game that was postponed from July 16.

This will be the Twins’ last trip to Detroit this season; the teams will play three more times from Sept. 28-30 at Target Field.

The Twins and Tigers enter Sunday on a bit of a winning stretch as of late. Detroit is wrapping up a three-game home set against the Toronto Blue Jays and have split the first two. After winning 2-1 on game-winning inside-the-park home-run on Friday, the Tigers lost 3-2 in 10 innings on Saturday.

But the loss was more on the Blue Jays’ inability to produce offense, rather than the Tigers losing. The fact Detroit got only five hits and took Toronto to extras should be considered a win, no matter how off the Blue Jays have looked lately.

Detroit got one hit each from 2-4 spots, including Jonathan Schoop, Robbie Grossman and Miguel Cabrera.

At time of publishing, the Tigers have yet to name a starting pitcher, but Matthew Boyd is getting the start in the series finale against Toronto. You can check the preview to that game by clicking here, as well as our other MLB picks and previews.

The Twins have every reason to enter Monday feeling good. Sure, they enter Sunday having won three of four, but more importantly, two straight wins over the Milwaukee Brewers and winning a series against one of the National League’s best teams gives the people of Minneapolis a reason to parade lightly for a couple of days.

You can also check out our preview for the series finale at Target Field here.

Minnesota withstood a mid-game rally from the Brewers, scoring four runs in the fifth to tie it at 4-4 on Saturday. But for the second consecutive game, Josh Donaldson delivered like the former MVP that he is. A day removed from hitting a game-winning two-run homer, Donaldson went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the seventh inning to add some insurance.

The Twins will have to do a lot of traveling over the next few weeks. Following the Tigers game, they’ll return home for two games against the Chicago Cubs, then have a day off to travel to Tampa Bay for a three-game set against the Rays, and then four straight against the Cleveland Indians.

They don’t hang banners for second place in baseball divisions, but the Tigers will try hard to do so, trailing 2.5 games behind Cleveland in the American League Central. If the Twins aspire of getting out of the basement and passing the Kansas City Royals for fourth place, that’s something worth considering, also. Just your daily reminder that no one is catching the Chicago White Sox.

Right-hander Bailey Ober is expected to get the start for the Twins at first pitch. His loss on Aug. 17 to Cleveland was his first decision in over a month; he went 6 IP and 2 ER in a 3-1 loss. Good on him to keep the homers allowed to one in that game. The 26-year-old, starting in his first full season in the majors, has a 4.06 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 15 starts.

A crazy stat for Ober: He nearly has as many homers allowed as walks (14 HR vs. 17 BB).

Prediction


The Twins odds of finishing strong continue to look promising. Their pitching and defense did well in the first two games of that Milwaukee series, and if Donaldson can get that bat going a little more, this will be a successful trip to Detroit. Keep an eye on how the money line fluctuates throughout the day for entertainment purposes. It may not be that large. Twins win 5-3.

Betting trends


The over is 6-1-2 in the Twins’ last nine games.

The Tigers are 47-106 in their last 153 games against division rivals. 

Key injuries


Twins: C Mitch Garver (undisclosed, 10-day IL), SP Kenta Maeda (forearm, out for season)

Players to watch


Twins: Jorge Polanco, fresh off a 2-for-4 game Saturday, has six multi-hit games since Aug. 16

Tigers: Robbie Grossman, who leads the Tigers in homers this season, has only two since Aug. 12, as well as four RBI. It’s about the equivalent of scrolling through a friendless-Facebook feed.

Projected lineup


Twins:
Byron Buxton (R) CF
Jorge Polanco (S) 2B
Rob Refsnyder (R) RF
Josh Donaldson (R) DH
Miguel Sano (R) 1B
Brent Rooker (R) LF
Ryan Jeffers (R) C
Willians Astudillo (R) 3B
Andrelton Simmons (R) SS

Tigers:
Akil Baddoo (L) CF
Jonathan Schoop (R) 1B
Robbie Grossman (S) LF
Miguel Cabrera (R) DH
Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
Harold Castro (L) SS
Willi Castro (S) 2B
Dustin Garneau (R) C
Victor Reyes (S) RF

Projected starting pitcher: Bailey Ober (MIN) vs. TBD (DET)

Statistical leaders


Twins:
Batting average: Jorge Polanco (.274)
Hits: Jorge Polanco (127)
Home runs: Jorge Polanco (24)
RBI: Jorge Polanco (76)
Stolen bases: Jorge Polanco (10)
Wins: Kenta Maeda (6)
Saves: Hansel Robles (10)
ERA: N/A

Tigers:
Batting average: Jonathan Schoop (.286)
Hits: Jonathan Schoop (142)
Home runs: Robbie Grossman (19)
RBI: Jonathan Schoop (70)
Stolen bases: Robbie Grossman (15)
Wins: Tarik Skubal (8)
Saves: Gregory Soto (16)
ERA: Casey Mize (3.55)

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Chuck Sommers

About the Author:

Chuck Sommers has camped outside of sportsbooks since he can remember, learning the tricks and nuances of the trade. He still has nightmares of betting $5,000 on the Raiders in the Tuck Rule game but has since turned that to 25 years of veteran handicapping greatness. You can find him mostly in the shadows at the Red Rock or Aliante casinos wondering if the over is cashing on any given Sunday.

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