20* MLB Friday No-Doubt Rout on Detroit Tigers -107
Detroit vs. Pittsburgh,
06/22/2012 19:05 EDT,
Score: 1 - 4
Money Line: -107 Detroit
The Detroit Tigers are showing solid value as a small road favorite over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday. I believe they have the edge on the mound and at the plate, thus I'll side with them in Game 1 of this series Friday.
The Tigers are highly-motivated to get back to .500 on the season with a victory tonight. They have an excellent chance to do so behind Doug Fister, who has posted a 2.68 ERA and 1.215 WHIP through seven starts this season.
A.J. Burnett has been on a great run of late for Pittsburgh, but his ERA (3.52) and WHIP (1.275) are each higher than Fister's. Burnett has not fared well against Detroit, posting a 5.47 ERA and 1.509 WHIP in 10 career starts against the Tigers. Doug Fister has never faced Pittsburgh, so the Tigers will have an edge in familiarity with the opposing starter.
Pittsburgh is 8-23 against the money line after having won 4 of their last 5 games over the last 3 seasons. The Tigers are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record. Detroit is 7-2 in Fister's last 9 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Tigers are 68-26 in their last 94 interleague games as a favorite. Bet Detroit Friday.