Tigers v Twins
Max Scherzer’s return to form in June should yield a victory for the Detroit Tigers when they host the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. After a poor start to 2012, Scherzer has righted the ship. Over his past four outings he’s struck out 34 batters in 26 innings and given up just 19 hits. Opponents are hitting just .204 against him over that stretch. The Twins’ pitcher, Nick Blackburn, has yet to show any of the skills that have made him a mainstay in the Minnesota rotation since 2008. He’s 4-5 with a 7.74 ERA. He’s given up 51 runs this year, which puts him in the top ten in the American League. Go with the Tigers at 1.50 instead of the Twins at 2.60.
Dodgers v Reds
Expect a low-scoring contest when the Cincinnati Reds play in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. No team has struggled more offensively lately than the Dodgers. Coming into this week, they’d scored zero runs in five of their past seven contests. Reds’ starter Johnny Cueto won’t make it any easier on them. He’s 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA. While Cincinnati is a better offensive team (they are just above the average in runs scored in the National League), Dodgers’ pitcher Chris Capuano is a formidable opponent. This season he owns a 9-3 record with a 2.69 ERA. Throw in the fact that Dodger Stadium ranks twenty-second out of thirty Major League ballparks in run scoring and under 6.5 runs at 1.95 looks attainable and preferable to the over at 1.85.