Twins Look to Snap Losing Streak as They Open Homestand Against Tigers

The Minnesota Twins aim to bounce back from a 4-game losing streak as they host the Detroit Tigers in a 7-game homestand. Injuries to key players and a recent sweep by the Orioles have the slumping Twins seeking a spark.

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Twins Look to Snap Losing Streak as They Open Homestand Against Tigers

Twins Look to Snap Losing Streak as They Open Homestand Against Tigers

The Minnesota Twins are aiming to bounce back from a four-game losing streak, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles, as they kick off a seven-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night at Target Field.

The slumping Twins, who have lost 11 of their first 17 games, are dealing with injuries to key players like Royce Lewis, Carlos Correa, and Jhoan Duran.

In the series, round opener, the Twins will send right-hander Joe Ryan (0-1, 2.60 ERA) to the mound. Ryan faced the Tigers in his most recent start, allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings.

The Tigers, who are off to a better start at 10-9 and 6-2 on the road, will counter with right-hander Jack Flaherty (0-1, 4.91 ERA), who is also making his second consecutive start against the Twins.

The Tigers are coming off a 3-5 homestand, which included a split of four games against the Twins and a series loss to the Texas Rangers. Despite the team's struggles, Tigers manager A.J. Hinch was encouraged by the recent performance of shortstop Javy Baez, who went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in their last game.

The Twins, who were outscored 22-9 by the Orioles, including a 4-2 loss in the vs series finale on a walk-off homer, are feeling the pressure of their early-season slump. Twins pitcher Griffin Jax acknowledged that the team is trying to do too much to snap out of their funk.

The upcoming series will also feature pitching matchups of the Twins' Reese Olson vs the Tigers' Bailey Ober on Saturday, and the Twins' Louie Varland vs. the Tigers' Casey Mize on Sunday. The Twins are listed as the -147 money line favourites for Friday's game, with the run line set at -1.5 and the total at 7.5 runs.

In their previous meeting, the Twins defeated the Tigers in a doubleheader on April 13, scoring 8 runs in the 12th inning of the first game, with 6 of those runs charged to Tigers third baseman Zach McKinstry, who made a costly error and later gave up a 3-run home run while pitching. The 8 runs scored by the Twins in extra innings was the most in franchise history since 1970.

As the Twins look to get back on track and improve their 1-4 home record this season, they will rely on the performance of their starting pitchers and hope for a spark from their injury-depleted lineup. The Tigers, meanwhile, aim to continue their strong start and take advantage of the Twins' current struggles, with Flaherty looking to secure his first win with his new team.

Key Takeaways

  • Twins aim to bounce back from 4-game losing streak, face Tigers in 7-game homestand
  • Twins' Ryan (0-1, 2.60 ERA) faces Tigers' Flaherty (0-1, 4.91 ERA) in the series opener
  • Tigers coming off 3-5 homestand, Baez's recent strong performance a bright spot
  • Twins outscored 22-9 by Orioles, trying to snap early-season slump
  • Twins listed as -147 moneyline favorites for Friday's game, total set at 7.5 runs