- The Twins vs Tigers odds have the two as a pick’em on Sunday (Oct. 2) at 12:10 pm ET
- Minnesota will give the ball to Simeon Woods Richardson for his MLB debut, while Detroit will counter with Joey Wentz (2-2, 3.54 ERA)
- Read below for the Twins vs Tigers odds and betting prediction
One of the biggest disappointments of the 2022 MLB season has to be the lack of competition for the AL Central crown. Cleveland, who entered the season with the third shortest odds, ran away with the title, after both Minnesota and Chicago turned in truly disappointing seasons.
The Twins (77-81, 31-46 away) sit four games below .500 with four games remaining, and will look to close out their weekend series versus the Tigers (64-93, 35-46 away) on a winning note.
Twins vs Tigers Odds
|Minnesota Twins||-108||-1.5 (+155)||O 7.5 (-102)|
|Detroit Tigers||-108||+1.5 (-188)||U 7.5 (-120)|
Odds as of October 1 at FanDuel Sportsbook. Claim the FanDuel Sportsbook promo code.
It’s a pick’em between the Twins and Tigers, in a contest that features a total of 7.5. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 pm ET at Comerica Park, with sunshine and 65 degree game time temperatures on deck.
Minnesota vs Detroit Probable Pitchers
The Twins will give the ball to Simeon Woods Richardson, who’ll make his MLB debut. The 2018 second round pick will become the youngest pitcher to start an MLB game this season at age 22, and will do so after posting strong numbers in the minors.
Simeon Woods Richardson will be the youngest pitcher to appear in the Majors this season. He turned 22 on Tuesday.
His Minor League stats this year:
AA Wichita: 70.2 IP, 3.06 ERA, 77 K, 26 BB
AAA St. Paul: 36.2 IP, 2.21 ERA, 38 K, 10 BB
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) October 2, 2022
Woods Richardson had a 2.77 ERA and 1.05 WHIP split between AA and AAA ball, averaging 9.6 strikeouts per 9 innings. He’s expected to compete for a rotation spot next year, so this will be an excellent trial run.
Woods Richardson (AA/AAA) vs Wentz Stats
The Tigers will counter with rookie Joey Wentz. The 24-year-old has been a pleasant surprise for Detroit, one of the few this season, yielding three runs or less in five of his six starts. He’s pitched especially well since being recalled in early September, posting a 2.11 ERA in four outings, while allowing only 13 hits and five runs in 21.1 innings of work.
Wentz won’t wow batters with his velocity, but he does boast a wide arsenal of pitches, and uses them effectively. He’s blanked the opposition in two of his four September starts, and fared well against Minnesota in their lone meeting. He held them scoreless over 4 innings back in May, surrendering just a single hit while striking out four.
Twins vs Tigers Betting Trends
Wentz is catching Minnesota at a good time. The Twins have struggled at the plate all month, and are down multiple everyday hitters. Leading home run man Byron Buxton (hip) is done for the season, while both Max Kepler (wrist) and Jorge Polanco (knee) are doubtful to return this year as well.
Minnesota is averaging only 3.6 runs per outing in September, and enter play on Sunday having lost 19 of their past 29 games.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 29, 2022
Detroit on the other hand, has somehow waited until the last week and a half of the season to play their best baseball. They’ve won seven of their last eight, sweeping both the White Sox and Royals before splitting the first two games of this series with Minny.
Pitching, not offense, has been the primary catalyst for their success, as they’ve allowed three or fewer runs in all seven of those victories.
MIN vs DET Last 10 Meetings
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Twins vs Tigers Pick
Detroit’s form and the excellent pitching from Wentz in September has me leaning towards the Tigers in this matchup. They’ve won four of Wentz’s last five starts, and Minnesota’s shorthanded and struggling lineup doesn’t pose a serious threat.
We really don’t know what to expect from Woods Richardson, so grabbing Detroit is the move to make The Twins boast the fourth worst away record in the AL, and are 4-18 in their last 22 contests as visitors.
Pick: Detroit Tigers (-108)