Detroit Tigers (18-20) at Minnesota Twins (25-17)

Monday, September 07, 2020 at 2:10 pm

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At 2:10 pm, our selection is on the Minnesota Twins over the Detroit Tigers.  When the Twins signed Michael Pineda to a two-year contract at the bargain price of $10 Million back in 2017, they knew they were getting some damaged goods and that Pineda would be a work in progress.  And despite a rocky road in 2018 and 2019 that included just 26 starts, some nagging knee issues, and a drug suspension, the Twins thought enough of the veteran RHP to give him another two-year contract last year.  It seems like Pineda has been around forever so it's hard to believe that he's just 31-years-old.  Pineda is off the restricted list, healthy and ready to contribute.  And his opponent this afternoon is, coincidentally, the team against which Pineda last earned an MLB win.  That was last September, and he gave up just 5 hits and 1 BB over six innings, en route to an 8-3 victory.  Today, Pineda will match up against RHP Michael Fulmer.  Fulmer has gone from being the AL Rookie of the Year in 2016, at age 23, to basically being an afterthought just four years later.  Fulmer has no wins, and a 7.27 ERA in six starts, covering 17 1/3 innings in 2020.  Detroit also is 5-13 (-8 games on the moneyline) in Fulmer's last 18 daytime starts.  Take Minnesota.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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