Diamondbacks vs Tigers Expert Pick Today | MLB Odds, Predictions for Sunday, June 11
Pictured: Zac Gallen. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)
- The Diamondbacks look to sweep the Tigers in Detroit on Sunday.
- Zac Gallen gets the start for Arizona, and Tony Sartori is expecting the right-hander to rack up the strikeouts.
- Sartori is betting Gallen's strikeout prop and details his selection below.
Diamondbacks vs. Tigers Odds
Arizona won each of the first two games and is looking to win its fifth in a row. Will the Diamondbacks complete the sweep, or can Detroit pull off an upset on its home diamond?
Here's a look at the odds, as well as my Diamondbacks vs. Tigers betting pick and prediction.
Right-hander Zac Gallen takes the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks and should be a great candidate to back in this contest. Through 13 starts this season, Gallen is 7-2 with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.
A strikeout specialist, the potential Cy Young candidate ranks in the 63rd percentile or higher in K%, Whiff% and Chase Rate. Boasting a five-pitch arsenal, Gallen routinely pumps his fastball to set up a devastating curveball, a pitch with a 44.1 Whiff% and 27.9 PutAway% this season.
The punchout has always been one of, if not, Gallen's greatest strengths. He has finished each of his four MLB seasons with a strikeout rate over 26%. He's also recorded at least seven strikeouts in seven of his 13 starts this year.
It has been an underwhelming start to the campaign for the Tigers, who are 26-36. However, since they play in the weak AL Central, they are only 5.5 games back of first place.
However, with this team's current lineup, I wouldn't be too optimistic. Detroit ranks in the bottom five of the league in runs per game, hits per game, BA, SLG, OPS and home runs.
Additionally, this team struggles with the strikeout. The Tigers rank 25th in the league in K% when facing right-handed pitching.
Looking at Sunday's projected starting lineup, six of the nine hitters possess a K% north of 22% this year.
Diamondbacks vs. Tigers Betting Pick
Those strikeout woes are likely to continue against Gallen. While it is a very small sample size, Detroit's roster possesses a fade-worthy 25% strikeout rate through 12 career plate appearances against the right-hander.
Opposing starting pitchers have collected at least seven strikeouts in four of the Tigers' past six games, and Gallen should add to that total.