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Orioles In Tough For Final Two Of Three-Game Set At Detroit

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 6/17/2013 7:15:45 PM

The Detroit Tigers have won seven of their last 10, opening a 4.5-game lead atop the American League Central. The Baltimore Orioles have two more wins than the Tigers overall, but a much tougher AL East has them 1.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox for top spot. Baltimore will look to close that gap with another couple of wins as its three-game series against Detroit wraps up with a couple of online sports betting contests this Tuesday and Wednesday.

Baltimore Orioles @ Detroit Tigers
Tuesday, 7:08 PM ET

Tuesday night’s online betting contest will pit two of the better pitchers against one another, as Justin Verlander gets the start for the Tigers opposite Jason Hammel for the Orioles. Verlander has been particularly good of late, having his streak of four-straight wins ended in a loss to the Kansas City Royals in a game where he didn’t allow a single run over seven innings of work. Verlander is 8-4 with a 3.41 ERA, and while Jose Valverde blew that last chance at a win, the former Cy Young winner is throwing his best stuff. That will be important against a Baltimore offense that ranks among the best in the majors, including in the top-five in both average and scoring. Hammel hasn’t won in three-straight starts and is 7-4 with a 5.24 ERA. He also really struggled in his last start against Detroit, giving up five runs in just three innings of work before getting the hook. Pitching opposite Verlander won’t help, and it could be a long day if his offense doesn’t get going.

MLB Betting Pick: Detroit Tigers - 170

Baltimore Orioles @ Detroit Tigers
Wednesday, 1:08 PM ET

Less than 24 hours after the second of this three-game set finishes, the two sides will be back on the field wrapping up the sports betting series with a matinee date. The Orioles should feel much more comfortable handing the ball to Chris Tillman, who has earned four-straight wins and led Baltimore to wins in each of his last five starts. Tillman’s ERA has dropped from 4.26 to 3.61 over that span and he has improved to 7-2, but this will be his first start of the season against the Tigers.

Detroit has been excellent at home this season, and while the Orioles should feel comfortable with the match up of Tillman versus Rick Porcello, the latter has also been very good of late. Porcello has given up one run over 13 innings of work in consecutive wins over the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, but his last loss was against this same Baltimore team a couple of weeks ago so he could be vulnerable. The fact that the Orioles have a better record than the Tigers but still face the tougher road to the playoffs is something they will have to deal with, but the tools are there for Detroit to earn at least a split of the final two games in this series on the road.

MLB Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles + 130

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