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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Detroit Tigers 6/9/2023 Predictions, Picks and Odds

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Detroit Tigers 6/9/2023 Predictions, Picks and Odds

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers will play an interleague game to kick off the MLB schedule on Friday. With eight of their past 10 victories, the Diamondbacks (37-25) have jumped 1.5 games clear of Los Angeles for first place in the NL West Division. On Wednesday, Arizona won 6-2 away from home thanks to OF Corbin Carroll, who had a four-hit night, a home run, and three runs scored.

The Arizona Diamondbacks (37-25) have defied expectations despite being low for both clubs at the start of the season. Despite their recent decline, the Detroit Tigers (26-33) are still very much in contention for the AL Central title. In a three-game series last year, Detroit flew to Phoenix and defeated the Diamondbacks twice. This time, Arizona will perform over the course of a weekend at Comerica Park in Michigan. The series will begin at 6:40 p.m. EDT on Friday as both clubs strive for a long-overdue division title.

Even the most upbeat Diamondbacks supporters wouldn’t anticipate the team to be in the lead after two months of competition, not over the illustrious San Diego Padres or the perpetually dominating Los Angeles Dodgers. However, they start this series with a division lead of 1.5 games over the Dodgers. Arizona ranks sixth in runs per game this season, and the offense has been the main contributor. The Diamondbacks are fifth in slugging percentage, tenth in on-base percentage, and fifth in batting average. Arizona’s lineup is dangerous because of its pace and contact despite its 70 home runs. Their batters rank third in both stolen bases and strikeout rate. They’ll give opposition pitchers nightmares if they can figure out how to take more walks.

Although their pitching hasn’t been as strong, they have a good matchup in Detroit. Merrill Kelly starting for Arizona should give them confidence. His 12 starts have resulted in an 8-4 record for the squad, and his season ERA is 2.80. His current walk rate is at a career low, but a career-high strikeout rate balances it. With a 1.63 road ERA and 1.075 WHIP, Kelly should have no trouble decimating this Tigers lineup. Although Arizona’s bullpen isn’t the best, it should be in good shape because of an unexpected day off.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Detroit Tigers 6/9/2023 Predictions, Picks and Odds

The Detroit Tigers lost their first five games in June. The Detroit Tigers have lost six straight games, a season-low, and are now 3.5 games down in the fight for the AL Central Division. In a 3-2 road defeat to Philadelphia on Thursday, Detroit closer Alex Lange (3-2) failed to hold onto a one-run lead in the ninth inning. SS For the Tigers (26-34), who have lost 21 of their first 33 road games, Javier Baez got a single and scored a run.

To gain momentum, they are returning home for this series. Detroit’s engines are propelled by throwing, unlike their opponent. Although the Tigers’ bullpen is respectable, success depends on the day’s starting pitcher. This time, Michael Lorenzen will start in an effort to build on two consecutive successful outings against the White Sox. His previous three home starts were also outstanding, totaling 19.2 innings thrown and only three runs (two earned) surrendered. Lorenzen has made four starts at Comerica Park this season, winning each one for the Tigers.

Detroit must score at least once to win, even if Lorenzen pitches the best game of his life. For the club this year averaging the fewest runs per game, that is much easier said than done. The Tigers were blanked three times from May 29 to June 6. They only went beyond three runs once in the remaining five games. They only scored 15 runs during the eight games, compiling a 1-7 record. This run of results includes losses of 1-0 and 2-1. There isn’t much to adore about Detroit’s offense other than that they rank eighth in walk rate. The Tigers rank 30th in batting average, 30th in slugging percentage, 30th in home runs, 28th in OBP, and 23rd in strikeout rate.

Despite losing four of their previous five games, the Cubs still have a lot of value. The Cubs will have the pitching advantage since Stroman is now one of baseball’s hottest pitchers. In addition, the Cubs have a 13-7 record in series openers this year and a 9-5 record in series openers after a defeat. After Stroman’s outstanding outing, expect the Cubs to resume their winning ways. Final result forecast: The Chicago Cubs triumph 5-3 on the betting line.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Detroit Tigers The MLB pick for this contest is the Detroit Tigers. The previous four games have been missed by Arizona OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (groin), categorized as day-to-day. Arizona is fourth in runs scored and fifth in OPS through 63 games. Detroit is now 30th in both OPS and runs scored for the season. The Tigers should triumph at home. The Detroit Tigers are predicted to win 5-3.

MLB Starting Time: 6:40 PM ET

Location: Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan

Date: Friday, June 9, 2023


MLB Odds/Point Spread: Detroit Tigers +125

MLB Totals: 8.5


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