Minnesota Twins (15-17) vs Los Angeles Angels (22-14)Date : 05/13/2018
Time : 4:07 pm EST
Location : Angel Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Minnesota Twins vs Los Angeles Angels
A 4-game set between the visiting Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels will wrap up on Sunday at 4:07 pm EST, with the finale being held at Angel Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Twins currently occupy 2nd place within the NL Central while the Angels are in 2nd place within the AL West division. This will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two teams, however, the Twins have won 5 of the last 7 head to head matchups while taking 3 of the last 4 at Angel Stadium.
Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :
The Minnesota Twins come into this game winners of 5-straight games to where the O/U was 2-2-1. After a series win in a 4-game set on the road against the Chicago White Sox on 5-6-2018, the Twins then picked up a 2-game series sweep on the road versus the St. Louis Cardinals on 5-8-2018. They will certainly be looking forward to extending their current winnings streak against one of the more dangerous offensive teams in the league.
For the season, the Twins are averaging 4.47 runs per game (14th) with a team batting average of .244 (14th), 37 homers (21st) along with 14 stolen bases (24th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.68 (23rd) with 302 strikeouts (18th) along with 11 quality starts on the year (27th).
Eduardo Escobar (.313 BA on 115 AB), Joe Mauer (.280 BA on 107 AB), Max Kepler (.274 BA on 117 AB), and Brian Dozier (.225 BA on 138 AB) have been consistent within the Twins offense this season; However, Eddie Rosario (.291 BA on 127 AB) and Miguel Sano (.212 BA on 80 AB) have each been instrumental in their offensive attack as well.
Pitcher Kyle Gibson (1-1, 38.2 IP, 16 R, 29 H, 2 HR, 18 BB, 44 SO, 3.49 ERA) and Jose Berrios (3-3, 40.2 IP, 18 R, 32 H, 5 HR, 8 BB, 38 SO, 3.98 ERA) have led the Twins pitching staff thus far. Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 42.1 IP, 20 R, 36 H, 9 HR, 20 BB, 38 SO, 3.83 ERA) has also been solid for Minnesota this year.
Los Angeles Angels's Latest Performance :
The Angels were recently swept by the Yankees at home in a 3-game set on April 29th yet while following that series with a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles at home. They preceded to win on the road against the Mariners in a 3-game set that ended on 5-6-2018. Nonetheless, they tied 2-game set on the road versus the Rockies on 5-9-2018, and certainly hope to carry this momentum into this game against a Twins team that they have not been able to figure out in the past.
For the season, the Angels are averaging 5.17 runs per game (5th) with a team batting average of .261 (3rd), 52 homers (2nd) along with 18 stolen bases (13th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.93 (12th) with 335 strikeouts (8th) with 12 quality starts on the year (23rd).
Andrelton Simmons (.339 BA on 127 AB), Mike Trout (.331 BA on 133 AB), and Albert Pujols (.255 BA on 141) have been the offensive leaders for the Angels offense this season. Justin Upton (.257 BA on 144 AB) has also been very consistent contributor to the offense as el this season.
Tyler Skaggs (3-2) is the only Angels pitcher than has pitched more than 30 innings this year with 38 innings pitches while allowing 13 runs on 34 hits 2 homers, 11 walks, and 39 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.08, a team best.
How Minnesota Twins & Los Angeles Angels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Minnesota Twins are 19-13 ATS while the O/U is 17-14-1. On the other hand, the Angels are 20-16 ATS while the O/U is 19-17.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Angels would love to get back on track with a series finale win over the surging Minnesota Twins. On the other hand, the Twins have been outstanding lately and will certainly put up some major resistance to the Angels’ plans. For the season, the Angels are only 7-11 at home ATS while the Twins are 12-6 ATS on the road. In all, I would expect this matchup to be yet another close contest where both teams will be looking to end the series on a positive note.
Against The Spread Selection: Under
My reason for the pick :
I would have to believe that the Angels certainly need this game much more than the Twins in that they are in a more competitive division alongside the Houston Astros and the surging Seattle Mariners; However, the Twins have much to play for as well and have really dominated the Angels in recent matchups. Combining these two factors, one could expect a very competitive matchup on Sunday between these two squads, thus allowing me to determine that the under will be in play. In all, I expect this to be a pitching and defensive minded matchup where both teams will be focused on the objective at hand: Solid, 9-inning play in which to get a huge win.
Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:
- Betting Trends for Minnesota Twins
- The Twins are 5-1 in last 6 road games
- The Over is 9-5-1 in Twins last 13 road games
Betting trends for Los Angeles Angels:
- Betting Trends for Los Angeles Angels
- The Angles are 4-8 in last 12 home games
- The Under is 10-6 in Angels last 16 games