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I've been on a real roll in MLB lately & don't be surprised to see the Minnesota Twins shock the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. The Tigers had to deal with two lengthy rain delays in Cleveland on Wednesday before ultimately prevailing 11-7. While it was a rewarding series for Detroit (won both games), it was a taxing one as well. Don't be surprised to see them get caught napping tonight.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Scott Diamond - He's been "sneaky good" on the road this season, winning all 3 starts and posting a 1.42 ERA and 0.737 WHIP. Facing a Tigers team that has dropped significant money vs. lefties the last two seasons, including a 3-6 mark in '13, is an advantage for Diamond. Tigers' starter Rick Porcello has a 6.25 ERA in seven starts this season & a 3-11 TSR in his career when working on 5+ days rest.
2. Scheduling Advantage - Though the Twins lost their 8th in a row yesterday, at least the game was over early. Detroit's game in Cleveland didn't end until much later than anticipated thanks to nearly two hours worth of rain delays.
3. X-Factor - Minnesota is a perfect 5-0 this year as a road underdog in the +150 to +175 range.
Selection: The play is on the Minnesota Twins (1*)