The Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers both expected to be playoff teams this season after each team won its respective division in 2014. However, both teams enter the break currently on the outside of the playoff field looking in and with plenty of work to do. They start a three-game series in Motown on Friday night. The Tigers are -110 favorites with a total of 8 (you can bet on this game on Mybookie’s mobile betting site).
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Time: Friday, 7:08 p.m. ET
Venue: Comerica Park, Detroit
National TV: none
Opening line: Tigers -110, Orioles +100 (8)
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Both clubs are 44-44, with the Orioles four games out of first place in the American League East and the Tigers nine games back in the AL Central. So while Baltimore still has a shot at repeating as division champion, Detroit probably needs to focus on a wild-card spot. The Tigers remain without their best player, All-Star Miguel Cabrera, who leads the AL with a .350 average. He hasn’t played since July 3 due to a calf injury. He was recently treated with a platelet-rich plasma injection but is still expected to miss another six weeks or so. The Tigers might be dead in the water by the time he’s back. Might the Tigers trade ace David Price by the July 31 deadline? If they think they can’t make the playoffs, they might as Price will be a free agent after the season. Price has said he’s open to a contract extension with the Tigers, but the two sides haven’t had any discussions. Price doesn’t think he’ll be traded by July 31.
Meanwhile, the Orioles reportedly have had talks about trading first baseman/outfielder Chris Davis, who will also become a free agent after the season. Davis is batting .235 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs over 86 games this season. He has struck out 110 times in 310 at-bats. Davis may be too expensive for Baltimore to re-sign. He turns 30 next March and has hit 131 homers in the past 3½ seasons, and power is a major commodity in baseball. One incentive for not trading Davis is the Orioles will get a compensatory pick following the first round of next year’s draft if Davis rejects the club’s one-year, qualifying offer, which he surely will, and signs with another team.
Baltimore starts right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 2.81) here. He took a no-decision in his last start, in which he tossed five scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out five in Minnesota. Jimenez has allowed just one run combined over his past three outings. He hasn’t faced the Tigers this season. Plenty of Detroit batters have seen him. Victor Martinez is 8-for-24 with three homers and nine RBIs. Ian Kinsler is 4-for-17 with three doubles and two RBIs. Alex Avila is 5-for-23 with a homer, six RBIs and eight strikeouts.
It’s right-hander Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 4.63) for the Tigers. They have won his past six outings. He hasn’t been great in his past three, allowing exactly four runs in each of them. The Orioles’ Davis is 1-for-1 with a double and two RBIs career off him. Adam Jones is 2-for-4. Matt Wieters is 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.
Key Betting Trends
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 21 of Detroit’s last 23 games
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit’s last 5 games at home
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Baltimore
Baltimore is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Baltimore is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Detroit
My Betting Prediction
Jimenez is rolling and that Detroit lineup is obviously weaker without Cabrera. Take Baltimore and the under.