3* Interleague SMASH
Pittsburgh vs. Detroit,
05/18/2012 19:05 EDT,
Score: 0 - 6
Point Spread: -1½/-105 Detroit
3* Interleague SMASH on Tigers -1.5 -105
One thing you don't want to do is fade Justin Verlander in interleague play. The Tigers' ace is an impressive 15-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 20 starts versus the NL, going 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA in four outings last year. As if that isn't enough incentive to back Detroit, we can draw further confidence from the fact that the Tigers are 34-6 in Verlander's last 40 starts as a favorite of -150 or more. The Tigers have won these games by an average score of 5.2 to 2.8.
In addition, plays on AL home favorites with a money line of -200 or more that have a team batting average of .265 or worse, provided they are matched up against a starting a pitcher who gave up 1 or less earned runs last outing, are 60-9 since 1997. The teams fitting into this stellar system have won by an average score of 6.6 to 3.1. We'll take the Tigers on the run line.