Time to capitalize off of the weaker teams with our baseball picks as they’re ready to call it a season.
Detroit Tigers (91-65) at Minnesota Twins (65-90)
Target Practice at Target Field
After getting swept in a 4-game series in which they were outscored 38-14, the Minnesota Twins have clearly proven that they want to call it a season.
The Twins lineup is filled with backups and just can’t compete with the Oakland A’s of the world. Now, they must face another powerhouse in the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday and what better way to come back from a disappointing loss than to take it out on the lowly Twins on Monday?
Building Some Momentum
Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.66) faces Mike Pelfrey (5-13, 5.34) and although he has a good ERA for the American League, JV has had a very disappointing season. Verlander has always been thought of as the best pitcher in the major leagues, but when the Tigers face their first round opponent in the playoffs, Verlander won’t be starting the opening game. In fact, he’s been the 3rd best pitcher on his own team behind Scherzer and Sanchez. JV needs a big-time game to gain some confidence and the Twins are the perfect opponent.
Verlander has only won one game since August 6th.
Hitting His Stride
With Miguel Cabrera not being 100%, Prince Fielder has come up big this last month to make the difference. After a dreadful season, Fielder will end up finishing the season with respectable numbers. After a home run in a loss yesterday, the big man has 25 HR, 106, and a .283 BA.
Fielder has come up huge in September, hitting .380 with 4 HR and 14 RBI. He’s also currently on an 8-game hitting streak. Cabrera is the leader of the team, but going into the playoffs and against the Twins, Fielder is the best hitter on the team.
This game should be a “no-contest” as Verlander will dominate a weak team like this and attempt to finish the regular season strong.
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On the Outside, Looking In
After a major late season collapse, the Texas Rangers have basically shot themselves in the foot as they no longer control their destiny where the wild card situation is concerned. The Rangers once had a stronghold on the American League West Division and now they find themselves 1.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays for a wild card berth. With 7 games remaining and a series against the worst team in the majors in the Astros, the Rangers have an opportunity to make up ground.
Statistically, the Astros are considered a weak team and without catcher, Jason Castro, the numbers don’t get much better. That said, this is a team that can’t be taken lightly with hitters like Altuve, Villar, Carter, Dominguez, and Hoes in their starting lineup. Jose Altuve is a fine singles hitter that can set the tone for the offense while Chris Carter is coming off a game against the Indians in which he hit his 29th home run of the season. The Houston offense is very streaky; they can either put up 10 runs or no runs against a team.
Houston has the opportunity of playing spoiler as Rangers starter, Derek Holland (9-9, 3.48) hasn’t recorded a victory since August 4th. The Rangers get the nod in this game due to their superior talent and desperate situation, but the Astros could be a decent fade at a price of +245 in the MLB odds.
I’m going to fade Texas here for my sports picks. They’ve proven that they couldn’t handle the pressure down the final stretch of the season and Holland is anything but a given. Take Houston in this intrastate battle.
Good luck, everyone!
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