MLB Picks: Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Detroit Tigers (21-12) and Baltimore Orioles (20-15) will open up an American League series Monday night at Oriole Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET
Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles
Detroit has dropped three of its last four games, including a 4-3 home loss to the Minnesota Twins Sunday afternoon, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five affairs. The Tigers dropped their first series since April 11-13 at San Diego, as the bullpen was unable to hold onto a three-run lead heading into the top of the seventh inning. Detroit is 3-1 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 during the 2014 campaign, with the OVER cashing in three of those opportunities.
Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello (5-1, 3.49 ERA) has tallied four consecutive wins, including a 3-2 home victory over the Houston Astros last time out, as he allowed two runs and seven hits over 6.2 innings of work. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three road efforts—serving up three home runs in 18.1 combined frames. In eight career games versus the Orioles, Porcello has compiled a 2-5 record and 4.62 ERA, including an 0-3 mark and 5.19 ERA at this ballpark.
Baltimore was unable to complete a three-game home sweep of the Houston Astros, as it suffered a 5-2 setback Sunday afternoon. The Orioles continue to be led offensively by outfielder Nick Markakis, who will enter the series opener with a 18-game hit streak. It’s important to point out that the club is 7-7 in games against non-AL East opponents this season, with a 5-3 mark at home. Baltimore is 4-2 at home with a money line of -100 to -125, with the UNDER going 5-1 in that situation.
Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris (2-2, 3.82 ERA) has led the squad to three consecutive wins, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 4-3 road victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last time out. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two home efforts, but opponents are hitting .261 against him. In three lifetime appearances versus the Tigers, Norris has gone 0-2 with a 7.41 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely back the Orioles due to their 6-2 record against teams with a winning record.