Minnesota Twins: What to watch for against the Detroit Tigers

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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JUNE 02: Rocco Baldelli #5 of the Minnesota Twins looks on to gameplay during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 02, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JUNE 02: Rocco Baldelli #5 of the Minnesota Twins looks on to gameplay during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 02, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 28: Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 28, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 28: Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 28, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

The Twins offense vs. Matthew Boyd

Everybody knows how good the Twins offense has been this year. After coming into Thursday night’s game with the Indians averaging 5.93 runs per game, Minnesota’s lineup got even stronger with the previously mentioned returns of Cruz and Garver. While the Twins offense has grabbed most of the headlines this year, many may not know about the type of year that Tigers ace Matthew Boyd is having.

Boyd comes into Friday’s start with a 5-4 record and 3.02 ERA, but that’s not an indication of how well he has pitched. The lefty has struck out 97 batters in 77.2 innings and owns a 1.01 WHIP that would be the lowest of his career.

While the Tigers haven’t given Boyd adequate run support, he still has posted a career year to date and has the stuff needed to shut down any lineup. Against the Twins, Boyd has gone 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA in his career, but hasn’t faced the Twins potent lineup this season.

The Twins will be throwing out a starter to be determined against Boyd, but if Minnesota’s lineup can get to the 28-year old, it will represent a great start to the weekend.

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