Best Bet for Tiger's Verlander Against Diamondback's Nuno

Jeff Grant

Monday, July 21, 2014 2:28 PM GMT

The Detroit Tigers have been one of the best offensive teams in baseball when playing on the road, which will play a big part in a high-scoring affair against the Arizona Diamondbacks.


 

Back in the win column
Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak by picking up a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians as -121 home favorites Sunday afternoon, while going under the betting total for the sixth time in seven contests.

The Tigers have put together a MLB-best 28-16 record on the road this season, which is important to consider when looking over the betting odds in this matchup, but they’ve also dropped 11 of 17 games in that situation as favorites of -125 to -150.

Sports bettors will want to keep an eye on the opening lineup, as experts expect manager Brad Ausmus to play regular designated hitter Victor Martinez at first base—moving Miguel Cabrera across the diamond defensively.

 

A rare feat
Arizona finished off a three-game home sweep of the Chicago Cubs by picking up a 3-2 victory Sunday, which is important to consider when making your MLB predictions—a rare occurrence when you find that the club is 11.5 games back in the NL West standings.

The Diamondbacks have an opportunity to improve upon their 4-5 interleague record this season, as they’ve won 15 of 27 all-time meetings agains the Tigers, including wins in eight of 12 at this venue.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad is 4-11 as home underdogs of +100 to +150 during the 2014 campaign, with the 'under' going 9-6 in those 15 affairs.

 

Verlander 
Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (8-8, 4.88 ERA) had his personal two-game winning streak snapped last time out, as he dropped a 5-2 decision on the road to the Kansas City Royals—giving up four runs and six hits over 6.1 innings of work.

The right-hander is 4-3 with a 5.07 ERA in 10 road outings—issuing 22 walks and striking out 57 batters.

In his last 14 interleague starts, Verlander has registered a dominating 12-0 record and 2.12 ERA.

 

Nuno
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Vidal Nuno (2-6, 5.10 ERA) has watched the club drop his two efforts since being acquired from the New York Yankees, including an 8-4 setback on the road to the San Francisco Giants last time out.

The left-hander has allowed just a single home run in his last four efforts after serving up nine in his previous five trips to the mound.

Nuno will be facing the Tigers for the first time during his professional career.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks at Chase Field, as the 'over' is 7-3 in Verlander’s last 10 starts on seven or more days rest.

Free MLB Pick:  Bet over the run total