The Detroit Tigers are the top hitting team in baseball, but they haven’t been performing at a high level with runners in scoring position recently. And now they prepare to open up a three-game series against the New York Mets.
Detroit went 4-4 on its recently completed homestand, which ended with a 7-6 setback to the Minnesota Twins as -262 favorites Thursday, while going OVER the betting total of 8.
The Tigers are 9-5 versus National League opponents this season, with the OVER going 9-5 in that situation.
Little to play for
New York is 18 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East standings, but the club has compiled a even 10-10 record in the month of August—with the UNDER going 11-7-2 in that span.
The Mets are 10-4 versus American League foes during the 2013 campaign—falling below the betting total in nine of those opportunities.
Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister (10-6, 3.63 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 6-5 home victory over the Kansas City Royals last time out, as he allowed three runs and 10 hits over 6.1 innings of work.
The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 13 road outings, issuing 19 walks and striking out 65 batters in 80.1 combined frames.
In his last nine regular-season starts against NL foes, Fister has tallied a 3-3 record and 1.74 ERA.
Mets starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka went 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA over 19 starts this season for the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A Columbus affiliate.
The right-hander was on the mound Monday for 85 pitches before getting released from the Tribe—posting a 3.23 ERA and striking out 45 batters and issuing 11 walks over his final 53 frames.
In six career appearances versus the Tigers, Matsuzaka registered a 4-1 record and 3.19 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the UNDER in this affair for your MLB picks, as the Tigers are batting .228 with runners in scoring position over their last 14 games.
MLB Pick: Under @ Bet 365