A healthy Anibal Sanchez means good things for the Detroit Tigers at home to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Since he came back from injury in early July following a strained shoulder, Sanchez has been consistently dominating. He’s currently riding a streak of six straight quality starts (six innings or more pitched; three runs or less conceded). In fact, during that run, he hasn’t given up more than two runs in any start.
Moreover, Minnesota is a team Sanchez dominated earlier in the season. On May 24, the Tigers pitchers threw a complete-game, one-hit, shutout against the Twins. He struck out 12 batters in the contest.
Minnesota’s cause isn’t helped by the club’s starting pitching choice. Kevin Correia has struggled in 2013, posting a 4.61 ERA. His past experience against the Tigers does not suggest success either. Lifetime, Detroit hitters have a combined.313 batting average and a .427 slugging percentage in 104 plate appearances against Correia. Pick the Tigers to win at 1.38.
If you want to go with an option that’s a bit more speculative choose the Milwaukee Brewers to win at home versus the St. Louis Cardinals. No doubt, the Cardinals are the better team in this contest, but they have a pitcher going in this game that actually tips the scales in favor of the Brewers.
Jake Westbrook is not the man Cardinals’ fans should be happy to have on the pitcher’s mound for this clash. He’s been terrible as of late: 1-4 with an 8.58 ERA in his past five outings. He’s awful on the road: 2-7 with a 5.46 ERA in away games.
Finally, Brewers’ batters own have feasted on him historically: a cumulative .314 career batting average (with a .380 on-base percentage and .414 slugging percentage) against Westbrook. The Brewers starter Tom Gorzelanny has primarily pitched out of the bullpen this year, but does boast a 2.95 ERA. He’s also one start removed from a seven inning, three-hit, no runs allowed gem against the Seattle Mariners. The Brewers are long shots, but they’re worth a punt.
Tigers to beat the Twins at 1.38.
Brewers to beat the Cardinals at 2.00.