Ubaldo Jimenez would be the National League Cy Young winner if the season ended today, while Francisco Liriano looks as strong now as he did before elbow surgery. Go ‘under’ this afternoon.
Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies has been the best pitcher in all of baseball thus far this year, while Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins has recaptured the fine form he had prior to Tommy John surgery, so even with this low posted total, look for this contest to stay ‘under’ the total.
The bookmakers have set a low total of 6½ for this game, with the betting odds on the ‘under’ set at an underdog +100 price.
If the season ended right now, Jimenez would be a slam dunk for the Cy Young Award. He is 12-1 with an unbelievable 1.16 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 13 starts covering 93.1 innings with 84 strikeouts. As great as those numbers are, he has actually been better away from the altitude of Coors Field, with a miniscule 0.76 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the road! He should also appreciate pitching at Target Field, which has proven to be pitcher-friendly in its first year of existence.
Liriano has not exactly been chopped liver either, as he is 6-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with an impressive 87 strikeouts in 80.2 innings. He has enjoyed pitching in his new home stadium, posting a 2.14 ERA and 0.95 WHIP here, and Liriano has allowed three runs or less in 10 of his 12 starts. He also has the advantage of facing the Rockies for the first time ever here.
Sign up to win prizes in SBR Contests!
Taking a closer look at the ballpark, the Under is 19-14-2, 57.6 percent in this new park, with an average combined score of only 8.28 runs per game, well below the league average. Granted, that figure is higher than this posted total, but then again, this is probably the best pitching matchup in the brief history of Target Field.
This total may be low, but we feel these teams will have a tough time generating more than five runs between them.
Free Play: Rockies, Twins Under 6½ (+100)