Texas Rangers (31-44) vs Minnesota Twins (32-37)Date : 06/22/2018
Time : 8:10 pm EST
Location : Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas Rangers vs Minnesota Twins
Game 1 of a 3-game set between he Texas Rangers and the Minnesota twins will take place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Friday night beginning at 8:10 pm EST. the Rangers occupy the last place slot within the stacked AL West division while the Twins are in 3rd place within the AL Central division. This will be the first matchup of the year amongst these two teams, however, the Twins have won 4 of the last 7 meetings while splitting the last 4-game set at Target Field on 8-3-2017.
Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :
The Texas Rangers have won 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. Recently, the Rangers would win a 3-game set versus the Colorado Rockies on 6-20-2018 with game 3 being an exciting and back and forth 13-12 walk-off win for the Rangers. The Rangers would also go on to win the first 2 games of a 3-game road set versus the Kansas City Royals with game 2 being a 4-1 win.
For the season, the Rangers are averaging 4.33 runs per game (17th) with a team batting average of .233 (27th), 84 homers (15th) along with 37 stolen bases (14th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.83 (26th) with 547 strikeouts (26th) along with 26 quality starts on the season (25th).
Nomar Mazara (.276 BA on 272 AB) has been the most effective offensive star thus far for the Rangers. On the other hand, Shin-Soo Choo (.278 BA on 277 AB) and Joey Gallo (.195 BA on 256 AB) have also been solid all-season long.
Cole Hamels (4-6) has pitched 92.1 innings this season while allowing 41 runs on 78 hits, 18 homers, 36 walks, and 92 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.41. Bartolo Colon (4-4) has also pitched 80.2 innings while allowing 45 runs on 84 hits, 19 homers, 12 walks, and 49 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.91.
Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :
The Minnesota Twins come into this game winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-1. Recently, the Twins would lose a 3-game road set to the surging Detroit Tigers, however, would recover in their next series by beating the Cleveland Indians in a 3-game road set on 6-17-2018. The Twins would go on to win game 1 of a 3-game home set versus the Boston Red Sox by a 6-2 score.
For the season, the Twins are averaging 4.29 runs per game (21st) with a team batting average of .239 (19th), 71 homers (25th) along with 24 stolen bases (28th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.10 (18th) with 618 strikeouts (16th) along with 30 quality starts on the year (18th).
Eduardo Escobar (.305 BA on 256 AB), Joe Mauer (.275 BA on 153 AB), Max Kepler (.225 BA on 236 AB), and Brian Dozier (.217 BA on 272 AB) have been consistent within the Twins offense this season; However, Eddie Rosario (.316 BA on 275 AB) has been instrumental in their offensive attack as well.
Pitcher Kyle Gibson (2-4, 82.2 IP, 31 R, 61 H, 8 HR, 36 BB, 81 SO, 3.27 ERA) and Jose Berrios (7-5, 96 IP, 36 R, 75 H, 12 HR, 18 BB, 97 SO, 3.38 ERA) have led the Twins pitching staff thus far. Jake Odorizzi (3-4, 78 IP, 41 R, 75 H, 14 HR, 35 BB, 77 SO, 4.38 ERA) has also been solid for Minnesota this year.
How Texas Rangers & Minnesota Twins Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Rangers are 36-39 ATS while the O/U is 35-35-5. On the other hand, the Twins are 40-29 ATS while the O/U is 32-35-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The pitcher for the Twins for game 1 has not been named, however, Mike Minor (4-4) will get the start for the Rangers looking to end a string of no-decisions in his last few outings. In his last outing, he pitched 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in a 5-2 home win versus the Rockies on 6-16-2018. Minor has been credited with 23 earned runs in his last 7 starts while the under has been the play in 4 of his last 6. Finally, the Rangers are only 2-5 in Minor’s last 7 starts.
Minor has dominated the bulk of the Twins lineup with Eduardo Escobar (0-3), Mitch Garver (0-2), Max Kepler (0-3) Taylor Motter (0-1), and Eddie Rosario )0-8) has all had their problems figuring out the lefty in the past. Brian Dozier (2-4), Robbie Grossman (1-2), and Joe Mauer (.286 BA on 7 AB) have had some experience against Minor, on the other hand, and look to continue this streak.
The pitcher for the twins have not been named for game 2, however, Yovani Gallardo (0-0) will make his way to the mound once again looking to recover from his last outing to where he pitched 5 innings while allowing 5 runs on 6 hits in a 13-12 home loss to the Colorado Rockies on 6-17-2918. The over has been the result in 3 of the last 4 starts for Gallardo while the Rangers are 1-4 in his last 5 starts.
Ehire Adrianza (.250 BA on 4 AB), Brian Dozier (.500 BA on 14 AB), max Kepler (.333 BA on 6 AB), Joe Mauer 9.333 BA on 12 AB), Taylor Motter (.500 BA on 2 AB), and Eddie Rosario (.286 BA on 7 AB) have had the most experience against Gallardo in the past. However, Eduardo Escobar (0-6), Robbie Grossman (0-5), Logan Morrison (.158 BA on 19 AB), and Bobby Wilson (0-2) have not fared well at all against Gallardo in their respective careers.
The pitcher for the Twins have not been decided for game 3, however, Bartolo Colon (4-4) will get the start for the Rangers looking to win his 2nd straight start. In his last outing, he pitched 6 innings while allowing 3 runs on 6 hits in a 6-3 road win versus the lowly Kansas City Royals on 6-28-2018. In all, Colon has been charged with 19 earned runs in his last 4 starts with the under being the play in 3 of the last 5 appearances. The Rangers are 5-3 in Colon’s last 8 starts.
Ehire Adrianza (1-1), Eduardo Escobar (.400 BA on 5 AB), Robbie Crossman (.333 BA on 6 AB) have had the most experience and success against Colon in the past. On the other hand, Brian Dozier (.167 BA on 6 AB), Max Kepler (0-3), joe Mauer (0-1), and Logan Morrison (0-3) have had little to no success against the right-hander.
Against The Spread Selection: Games 1 and 3: Texas Rangers, Game 2: Minnesota Twins
My reason for the pick :
In games 1 and 3, I will back the Rangers considering Minor’s success against this inconsistent lineup for the Twins while also Colon’s solid streak against the batters for Minnesota as well. the Rangers have played well against this Twins team and will look to continue their current 4-game winning streak against a team that has lost 7 of their last 13 games. I expect the Rangers to come out strong in these games in which to pick up the much-needed victory.
In game 2, I will back the Twins to get the victory in that Gallardo has indeed struggled against their lineup. Combine this with the fact that he did not pitch particularly well in his last outing against the Rockies, I will take the Twins to capitalize on his consistencies and get a win to tie the series on Saturday afternoon.
Betting trends for Texas Rangers:
- Betting Trends for Texas Rangers
- The Rangers are 5-8 in last 13 road games
- The Rangers are 4-2 in last 6 games
- The Under is 7-1 in Rangers last 8 road games
Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:
- Betting trends for Minnesota Twins
- The Twins are 7-4 in last 11 home games
- The Twins are 7-6 in last 13 games
- The Under is 5-3-1 in last 9 home games